“Once upon a time down on an old farm, lived a duck family, and Mother Duck had been sitting on a clutch of new eggs. . . .
“poor little ugly duckling!” she would say “why are you so different from the others?” and the ugly duckling felt worse than ever. he secretly wept at night. he felt nobody wanted him.
one day, he heard children on the river bank exclaim: “look at that young swan! he’s the finest of them all! and he almost burst with happiness!