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Honk is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” Play write Anthony Drewe was attracted to the message of acceptance and understanding from the story of The Ugly Duckling. He contacted Stiles, with whom he had previously collaborated on two projects, to write a musical based around the story. They expanded on the original story, adding many more characters (including a love interest for the main character.) Hans Christian Andersen’s animal tales are radically different from traditional fables. At first Andersen dismissed his fairy-tale writing as a \"bagatelle\" and, encouraged by friends and prominent Danish critics, considered abandoning the genre. But he later came to believe that the fairy tale would be the \"universal poetry\" of which so many romantic writers dreamed, the poetic form of the future, which would synthesize folk art and literature and encompass the tragic and the comic, the naive and the ironic. In his work, Andersen uses animals to represent different opinions on life in several stories, such as “The Happy Family,” “The Sprinters,” and “The Dung-Beetle.” The stories themselves are closer to satirical sketches of human manners than fairy tales for children. “The Ugly Duckling,” probably Andersen’s best-known story, is one of his many camouflaged autobiographies, echoing the writer’s much- quoted statement: “First you must endure a lot, then you get famous.” 4 | P a g e The animals, including the protagonist, possess human traits, views, and emotions, making the story indeed a poignant account of the road from humiliation through suffering to well-deserved bliss. The lessons in this Study Companion connect the search for acceptance and the discovery of identity with concepts in English language arts, math and science. Mistaken Identity: Ducks, Swans and Multiplication guides students through Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” news articles about an incident with a local swan in New Orleans City Park, all while learning about the “Princess of Polka Dots,” Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan\'s most prominent living artists. Students explore connections between visual art and multiplication and create artwork inspired by Andersen and Kusama. Comparing Stories: Honk, Are You My Mother? and Stella Luna guides students as they investigate the plot of Honk and compare it to two other children’s books with similar themes: Are You My Mother? and Stella Luna. Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” is a story of mistaken identity and selfdiscovery involving a baby swan and baby ducks in a mix up of heredity and family acceptance. In The Shapes of Us, students embark on a journey of personal selfdiscovery, the discovery of how DNA tells a story of heritage. To do this, students will explore heredity and family awareness through the lenses of mathematical sequences and shapes. During this exploration, students will compare mitosis and meiosis and consider mitosis and meiosis as an interconnected sequence of numbers on a number line. They will imagine the number line as their line of ancestors, imagine their inherited physical characteristics (hair color, eye color, etc.) as shapes, investigate the work of artists Betye Saar and Delita Martin, two artists that use shapes and symbols to explore heritage and compare personal traits of their parents with their own. During this lesson, students use their understanding of cell division, shapes and their comparisons of inherited physical traits as references while creating their own assemblage art works inspired by Betye Saar and Delita Martin. This lesson was taught at Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts as part of the JPAS Stage Without A Theatre program.