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"The Ugly Duckling" is a literary Fairy Tale written by Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen. It has been adapted by Disney twice and the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote a score for a Ballet of the story in 1914. It is one of the few Hans Christian Andersen stories where nobody dies.

A swan egg rolls from its nest into a duck nest. When it hatches, it is clear that the baby swan is different from all his adoptive siblings and gets teased and picked on as a result; they call him names such as ugly duckling. The "ugly duckling" goes off on his own and spots a swan-bevy a short distance off. Wishing he could be as beautiful as they, he catches sight of his own reflection and sees that he is indeed a beautiful swan.
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