Reading series #1: The Ugly Duckling – Il Brutto Anatroccolo (part I)

Hello you lovely readers 🙂

Today I want to do something different and start a reading series with you. I’ve chosen a famous story, namely “The Ugly Duckling” and I’ll read it to you in Italian so that you can start practicing your reading and listening skills.

To do this, I will post a video of me reading the story out loud and then also write the story here on the blog so you’ll actually be able to read what you listen to.

I will write both in Italian and English.

I hope you like this as much as I do! I think it’s quite different and fun 😀

This is the book I used - The Ugly Duckling, GIUNTI Junior
This is the book I used – The Ugly Duckling, GIUNTI Junior


Un giorno d’estate Mamma Anatra si siede a covare le sue sette uova e aspetta che si schiudano.

One day in the summer Mother Duck sits on her seven eggs and waits for them to hatch.

Un uovo è molto grande e diverso dagli altri.

One egg is very big and different from the others.

CRACK! Le uova si aprono ed escono uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei piccole testine gialle!

CRACK! The eggs open and out come one, two, three, four, five, six little yellow heads!

Mamma Anatra è molto felice ma…

Mother Duck is very happy but…

-Le uova sono sette. Dov’è l’ultimo anatroccolo? – si chiede.

“There are seven eggs. Where is the last duckling?” she wonders.

L’uovo grande si schiude ed esce un anatroccolo grande, grigio e brutto! – Quack! Quack!

The big egg opens and out comes a big, grey, ugly duckling. 

-Sei così diverso dai tuoi fratelli e dalle tue sorelle- dice Mamma Anatra preoccupata.

-You look so different from your brothers and sisters- says Mother Duck worried.

Here’s part I! Stay tuned for the rest of the story!


4 thoughts on “Reading series #1: The Ugly Duckling – Il Brutto Anatroccolo (part I)

  1. This is great! I blocked the english with my hand to see if i could translate it without seeing the english, and I could understand, apart from a few odd words! Now i know i can buy books for a 6-8 year old and will understand most of it! è buono!!! 😀

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