Friday, December 28, 2007
The Ugly Duckling, by A. A. Milne
I naively started reading this play thinking that it was a version of the children's story of a young duckling who grew up into a beautiful swan. Instead, this is the clever original Ugly Duckling story of a cursed young princess whose most beautiful characteristic is her strength of character, a young prince intimidated by the rumors of the young woman he is to marry, and a creaky drawbridge. It's sweet, short, and a nice bedtime story. It also encourages you to like yourself, no matter what other people think of you.