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The Bad-tempered Ladybird (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 30 Sep 1982
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The Bad-Tempered Ladybird is another beautifully illustrated picture book by Eric Carle. At the start of the story a friendly ladybird is eating a breakfast of aphids on a leaf, when it is joined by a very bad-tempered ladybird who also wants to eat the aphids, but refuses to share.
The bad-tempered ladybird then proceeds to pick a fight with every animal he meets, never satisfied that they are big enough to fight. As the story progresses, the animals get bigger and bigger and this would be a good story to discuss the concept of size with a young child. The book is cleverly laid out and as the animals get bigger, so to do the pages. The illustrations in this book are of the usual high standard expected from Eric Carle. This book would also be excellent for consolidating a child's understanding of time, as at the top of each page it shows a clock face with the time that the bad-tempered ladybird meets each animal.
Finally, the bad-tempered ladybird arrives back where it started and is now prepared to share the aphids with the friendly ladybird. The story ends happily with the ladybirds helping the leaf by eating the aphids and both ladybirds going to sleep, as the fireflies come out to dance around the moon.
This book would be suitable for children aged 4-7 years old. --Amanda York
About the Author
Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle co-founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.
Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.
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This story grows with your children. My 7 year old loves still to read it and now is keen in the sentence structure, and the spelling of words eg. Aphids! Which is fantastic. And then there is a lovely little lesson about being patient and grateful at the end which is a great discussion point with little people. Wonderful endearing story!
It also mentions different hours of day, which again is also adding to a child's growing understanding of time.
It deals with size through illustration so the child can compare the ladybird to other animals.
Friendship and sharing are also covered in this book.
But my mum bought it for my daughter yesterday and I read it to her. 'Read it again!'. I read it again. Five times in a row yesterday (until supper) and three times this morning. It is very witty and funny, DOES send out the right message to kids, and the new animals are welcome because toddlers know all the old animals by now. So she is newly fascinated by the praying mantis, the skunk, the wasp and the aphids. There's a lovely whale tail cut out at the end and you get to make a SMACK noise by clapping your hands, which your little terrorist will love (but don't worry, liberals! no intentional violence!) and it DOES teach you that being kind and sharing is the best thing to do or you will be humiliated, and it also teaches that standing up to bullies is a good idea because they might be scared off by your resolve and courage. It's a really really good book.
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