Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Podcast- The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

This week's podcast is a reading of The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen.  Andersen was a remarkable story teller.  This is a story that is so ingrained in our collective unconscious.  I know when I was looking for this week's material and I passed over this title I had a passing thought to the effect of, "Right, the one with the duck that thinks he's ugly but then he isn't."  Then I paused over the language of the opening lines and decided to use it as this week's podcast.  I did not plan on doing this story.  It was a happy accident that I stumbled upon it.

It really is a wonderful story although I'm not sure it needs praise from me.  There is such a barrage of terror and mistreatment in the world where the duckling does not belong.  As Mother-Duck says, "The way of the world."  I imagine it's one of those universal stories that speaks to so many people.  I know it speaks to me.

As usual, you can listen to it here:

Or you can go download it for yourself here: 

1 comment:

  1. I forgot how much I love this story. It's too bad most kids only hear the short version of it. Paul you really should be one of those people who read books on tape, your voice is perfect to listen to stories.