Once there was a duck who had a group of eggs. Eventually they all hatched except for one big one. It hatched last and out came a big, ugly duckling.
All the other animals, including his family, made fun of him for his appearance.
He ran away and tried to live among the wild animals. But they all thought he looked ugly, too.
When winter came he didn’t have anywhere to go. He was even shunned by a hen and a cat that lived in a cottage nearby. He almost starved and froze to death in the waters in which he swam.
When winter was over, he went swimming sadly in a lake, hoping that the swans nearby would kill him and put him out of his misery. But when he looked down at his reflection in the water, he wasn’t an ugly duckling anymore...
He had grown into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful of them all!