The next day was warm and sunny so the duck took her ducklings down to the water.


One by one the ducklings followed her. Soon they were all swimming, even the big ugly one.
Then they went to the farmyard.

"Stay close to me and watch out for the cat," mother duck told her family.

They lived in the yard with the other animals, but the ugly duckling was very unhappy. The other ducks pecked at him and laughed at him. He wanted to run away as he was so unhappy, and one day he did.


He ran away until he came to the marshes where the wild ducks lived.