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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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Rating:*****
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 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 |
This is an adorable short story about a grouchy lady bug who butts heads (literally) with a nice one when they both attempt to eat the same aphids. The story continues following the grouchy ladybug as she leaves and crosses paths with all sorts of animals who she doesn't get along with. After this long day, the grouchy lady bug finds her way back to the friendly lady bug, and she sees that the friendly lady bug had saves some aphids for her. This book serves a great, timeless, ageless message that positivity is key, and negativity never helps a situation. Also, it is learned through this books that being kind to others really can make their day (as seen by the friendly lady bug's kind gesture of sharing her aphids with the grouchy lady bug). There is much to be gained from this book, especially for young, eager readers!
  ErinnnPratt | Jun 9, 2014 |
Unlike some of the other Eric Carle books I have read, I greatly enjoyed the writing in this book. Although I generally view Eric Carle’s greatest strength as the beautiful illustrations, his amusing writing in The Grouchy Ladybug had me chuckling along as the Grouchy Ladybug continued to challenge increasingly bigger animals to fights, complaining every time “Oh, you’re not big enough.” I could see this as a fun book simply to read to young students. However, I could also see this as part of an author study writing unit, or as part of a lesson on using describing words. Carle uses a lot of interesting and colorful words in this book that make it a very enjoyable read.
  cseiger | May 29, 2014 |
This story is a wonderful story. The perspective of the grouchy lady bug forces the reader to explore her journey with her, and the predictability of the book is confirmed when the grouchy lady bug is smacked so hard by the tail fin of the whale that it sends her across the ocean. The plot of this story is interesting because there is an introduction, a clear problem, and a simple solution at the end where the grouchy ladybug revisits the friendly ladybug. “’Ahh, here you are again,’ said the friendly ladybug. ‘You must be hungry. There are still some aphids left. You can have them for dinner.’” There are a lot of messages in this story, but the big idea is to be able to share. ( )
  kbrash1 | Mar 17, 2014 |
This story follows a grouchy ladybug around for one day. It teaches time and sequencing as well as animals which is why I would read this to elementary students. ( )
  afussell | Nov 27, 2013 |
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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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It was night and some fireflies danced around the moon.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064434508, Paperback)

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

Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014138350X, 0141332034

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