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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 lady bug is about a ladybug who wakes up one morning feeling really Grouchy. She refuses to share some aphids with another Friendly Ladybug and instead offers to fight her. The grouchy Ladybug does not fight the other lady bug because she "is too small" . The grouchy lady bug then goes in search of a better opponent. She challenges increasingly bigger animals all the way up to a blue whale. The blue whales tail smacks the lady bug ans she finally decides she doesn't want to be grouchy anymore. She meets the friendly lady but again. The friendly Ladybug offers to share some of the remaining aphids. The grouchy ladybug gladly accepts.


As most of Eric Carle's books, this book is a great one. I love the text features in the book. The book incorporates two major themes. Time of the day and sequencing by size. The text itself increases by size as the animals the Grouchy caterpillar increase in size, as do the pages in the book. It is a great book for a read aloud. The language is simple so that very young children could understand the story.
I think this a great book because it teaches children about time, being friendly and about relative size. More advanced readers could also discuss the motives of the Grouchy lady bug and what she was really thinking when she said the animals were too small for her to fight. ( )
  ycinto1 | Sep 29, 2014 |
This story is a wonderful story to read to young students. It not only teaches a moral lesson, but also a mathematical lesson. The moral of the story is that a person/animal should never be mean to another person. Eric Carle also manages to use time in the story. In the upper righthand corner of the pages there is a clock with the time displayed on it. On each page the time differs. Students are able to see time sequence. This would be a great book to read when talking about being kind, or when teaching time. ( )
  jpons | Sep 28, 2014 |
Summary: A grouchy ladybug is looking for a fight; it approaches increasingly larger animals, asking them if they want to fight. Each animal replies, "If you insist," but the grouchy ladybug deems each, "Not big enough," and flies off, until it meets a whale. The whale doesn't respond, to the ladybug's challenge, instead, giving the ladybug such a slap that it winds up right back where it started, to find that the friendly ladybug (the first animal it challenged to a fight) has saved it some aphids for dinner.

Review: A beautifully illustrated book with an original story. The language is fairly simple and repetitive, but in a charming way, and the repetition helps to tie the story together. Though the story seems a bit predictable (the grouchy ladybug keeps challenging larger and larger animals to a fight), the twist at the end (the whale slapping the ladybug with its tail) is wonderfully unexpected. It's not surprising that the grouchy ladybug learns his lesson after such a slap. All in all, a classic book that I really enjoy reading, both to myself and aloud.

Central Idea of The Grouchy Ladybug: If you go looking for a fight, you're sure to find one, so you're better off sharing. ( )
  jlampr1 | Sep 19, 2014 |
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is a picture book that depicts two different ladybugs with two different emotions at the beginning of the book. Then the book goes through each hour of the day with the grouchy ladybug wanting to fight a bigger animal. This helps kids to start to understand telling time and sequences. Once the grouchy ladybug gets back to the start, he starts to realize the way he has been acting wasn't fair for everyone around him. He is able to change his attitude and be friends with the friendly ladybug. This book shows emotions, telling time, and even sharing and friendships. Reading this picture book to children of any age can help students with these themes and concepts with understanding them in simple terms.
  lauramaki | Sep 16, 2014 |
The Grouchy Ladybug is a picture book that can be read to young children of various ages as it deals with feelings, sharing, and even telling time as each page has a clock on it. In this book you will journey with the grouchy ladybug as he tries to find someone bigger "to fight". Every thing from a praying mantis to a whale is bigger than the ladybug, but each time the ladybug is not satisfied with the challenge as he slowly realizes how he has been acting. The story comes full circle as the ladybug returns to his original location to apologize to the ladybug who offered to share with him. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 15, 2014 |
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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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