On the banks of the canal grew some tall dock leaves. Here a mother duck sat on her nest. She was waiting for her ducklings to hatch.
At last the eggs started to crack. One by one the little ducklings popped out of the eggs.

"Cheep ,cheep !" they cried as they saw the big outside world. Soon all the eggs had hatched except one. The biggest of all the eggs.

Mother duck sat on the egg a little longer and at last the egg started to crack. Out came the chick.


"Oh dear" she said, "You're so big and ugly."