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The Bad-tempered Ladybird (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 30 Sep 1982

4.3 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140503986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140503982
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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