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The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug (original 1977; edition 1996)

by Eric Carle

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Title:The Grouchy Ladybug
Authors:Eric Carle
Info:HarperCollins (1996), Paperback, 48 pages
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Tags:children's books, math/time

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The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (1977)



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The grouchy ladybug is mean and flies around trying to fight all of the animals. After a long day of flying around, she ends up eating aphids with the friendly ladybug. I liked this book for two reasons. First, I liked the patterned language. For example, each time the grouchy ladybug encounters a new animal she says, "Hey you...Want to fight?" Second, the illustrations enhanced the story. For instance, there are speech bubbles when the grouchy ladybug and the friendly ladybug are talking. The friendly ladybug is saying, "Good morning" and the grouchy ladybug is saying, "Go away!" The big idea is to treat others the way you want to be treated. ( )
  hollyjones | Dec 12, 2016 |
Summary: The grouchy ladybug gets angry when he cannot have a tasty meal of aphids all to himself. It challenges the other ladybug to fight, but then decides it isn't big enough. Then is challenges animal after animal, claiming none of them are big enough to fight it, not even a great blue whale! When it gets smacked all the way back to where it came from, it might learn not to pick on other animals.

Review: I think this is a precious book about the importance of not being mean or picking on others. It teaches kids a valuable lesson about bullying through beautiful pictures, a charming story, and one very grouchy bug.

Craft Elements/Lesson: Do you think the grouchy ladybug is going to be nicer now? Why or why not? ( )
  lmguest | Dec 9, 2016 |
This book has a lot of small lessons within such a great story line with a great message of greed and friendliness. He learns sharing, and while reading, it is interactive because of the clocks and showing different sizes. Eric Carle's books always have great pictures in them too so we were able to make connections with the concepts learned. ( )
  Oliviacap | Nov 21, 2016 |
This book is an interesting way to introduce time to students. The story starts out early one morning (5am) with two ladybugs landing on a leaf full of aphids. One ladybug is willing to share but the other ladybug is grumpy and does not want to share. The grouchy ladybug decides to fly away from the friendly ladybug since it's not big enough to fight. Every hour the grouchy ladybug continues to meet with other animals and the author uses the same words as the ladybug flies away. As the ladybug meets a new animal the reader sees the time in word form and also in clock form on the small clock at the top of the page. The book uses the iconic Eric Carle short pages as things progress in the story. Children enjoy turning the short pages and like the primary colors used by Mr. Carle. Close to the end of the story, the author includes quarter hour time. This book also allows the reader to see how having a bad attitude can lead you to the same place but can take you on a longer journey than having a good attitude. This is a great read for a young reader to get introduced to time.

The back cover provides some information on the book and a short biography on the author. ( )
  maryalvarez | Nov 11, 2016 |
The Grouchy Ladybug is a story about one ladybug not wanting to share with another ladybug. He insists on fighting for it, but then decides the other ladybug is too small. He flies off to go find someone bigger to fight, and as each animal gets bigger, he realizes how small he actually is, and learns that he'd be better off if he just shared. He doesn't seem grouchy in the end, and makes a new friend as well. Not only does the story teach a valuable lesson, the illustrations are beautiful and help make the children engage with the story. I recommend this story for any younger elementary students learning the importance of sharing. ( )
  ColemanRybolt | Nov 4, 2016 |
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Aphids are very small insects. They suck the juice from leaves, and then the leaves die. Ladybugs eat aphids. That's good for trees, shrubs, and other plants that have leaves. To the ladybugs I have dedicated this book. Three cheers for them!
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Der kleine Käfer Immerfrech ist ein ziemliches Großmaul, denn er fordert alle Tiere, denen er begegnet, zum Kampf heraus - bis ein riesiger Wal ihm eine Lektion erteilt, die er nicht so schnell vergessen wird. Ein lustiges und durchaus lehrreiches Bilderbuch, mit dem jedes Kind auch ganz leicht die Uhrzeit lesen lernt.
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It's the Grouchy Ladybug's 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle's original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug!

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A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014138350X, 0141332034

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