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Let’s Play Ugly Duckling/Nu leker vi den fula ankungen

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Let’s Play Ugly Duckling/Nu leker vi den fula ankungen

We all know H.C. Andersen’s classic fairytale about the baby swan who ends up in a duck family. In Let’s Play Ugly Duckling, Barbro Lindgren retells the well-known story in her own distinct way. Two children act out the main characters of the fairytale with great imagination. They play their way through dark nights, get past teasing ducklings and defend themselves against mean birds. They play until they reach transformation and then, arrive at a happy ending. The duckling has turned into a beautiful swan! The story is illustrated with Eva Lindström’s characteristic and totally fantastic pictures.

Barbro Lindgren and Eva Lindström are two of our most beloved picture book creators. Let’s Play Ugly Duckling is an ode to play and imagination. It is a fun, whimsical and entirely irresistible picture book. Fun, playful and entirely irresistible.

Illustrated by Eva Lindström

Barbro Lindgren


Barbro Lindgren is one of Sweden’s most important, deeply-loved and prolific writers. Her output of over a hundred titles for differing age groups includes picture books, poetry, plays, absurdist stories, and more realistic fiction for young adults. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages and to date she is the only Swedish…

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