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Ten Little Ladybugs Board book – February 1, 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 252 customer reviews

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WARNING: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Piggy Toes Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581170912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581170917
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
This is the most jazzed-up version possible of the classic rhyme about ladybugs!
So here's the scoop: Ten Little Ladybugs is a board book with bright red, yellow and orange plastic ladybugs permanently embedded into the ten pages (and they each have a variety of spots, just like ladybugs do in real life). Each page has carefully placed cutouts so that when you turn it, the ladybug on that page disappears but the others appear to move to the next spread. What you end up with is a clever rhyming book that teaches simple subtraction with three-dimensional ladybugs.
This book is sturdy, colorful and well-made. The ladybugs show no signs of falling off even after two years of being explored by curious little fingers. My children love the novelty of it and request it again and again. Completely recommended for kids ages one to five.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
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We got this book for our grandson just turning one, and it was his favorite book all weekend. He loved the illustrations, and loved just looking at it himself. An added bonus was that our granddaughter, just about three, loved to have it read to her and loved counting the ladybugs as you turned each page. I would guess that next she will be reading it to her brother. (It's that type of book -- seems to grow with the kids!)
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As a Child Development Specialist I understand the importance of reading to infants - so you can imagine my disappointment when my baby had an active resentment to my attempts to "read" to her.
Suddenly (like a light switch), at 13 months, my daughter became completely enamored with books. Ten Little Ladybugs is her absolute favorite... and we read it 5-7 times EVERY day. She pulls it out from the coffee table and crawls into my lap for story time. Both the writing and illustrations are magnificent.
Reading this book to my daughter is such a fun experience that I truly believe every child should be fortunate enough to have that important grown-up in their life share this magical book with them.
I now give this book as gifts to all baby and grandparent showers I attend.
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Format: Hardcover
If Franz Kafka and HP Lovecraft had an illegitimate child, her name is Melanie Gerth. A true heir to the masters of existentialism and horror, Gerth draws us slowly into a dismal land where hope is swallowed up by an uncaring universe, just like the Ladybugs of the title are swallowed up by the fearsome beasts that haunt their tiny world.

Like all the great masters of existentialism, Gerth, with the able assistance of artist Huliska-Beith, draw you into a world different from our own. But as the story progresses, the reader learns, to his horror, that this world and our own are one in the same. The terrors that the Ladybugs face are the self-same terrors that all of us face every day, given face and form as the vicious predators of the forest.

Yes, despite using the metaphor of Ladybugs, Gerth is really talking about you and I, and the society we find ourselves trapped in. Ten Ladybugs. Ten chances at a life worth living. Ten chances for redemption. Ten chances at love -- or the nearest simulacrum we might find in this loveless world. Each one quickly snuffed by animals representative of the dull, everyday monsters of life. Are these cosmic horrors, or mundane ones? In the end, Gerth tells us that it doesn't matter. What matters is that we are nothing to them.

Despite its dark subject matter, this is a quick and lively read, clocking in at just 20 pages. The horror is shocking in its sudden violence. Gerth wastes no time as the first of the ten Ladybugs is eliminated in a most gruesome fashion on the second page. The horror only builds from there. The hapless reader is dragged inexorably towards the end, not wanting to turn the page but drawn to do so by the spritely text. Imagine reading the words, "Five little Ladybugs, sleeping by the shore.
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By A Customer on December 16, 2002
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This is one of my 10 month old's very favorite books. When he goes to his little bookshelf, this is the book he invariably pulls down and flips though. When I read it to him, he is totally riveted. When he flips through it by himself, I see him touching the ladybugs (since they're 3 dimensional) and exploring the holes on the left.
This book is brilliant and works on many levels. It's very melodic (great rhyming verses w/out being too sing-song-y). Example: "Ten little ladybugs, sitting on a vine. Along came a caterpiller, then there were..." turn the page and you get "nine little ladybugs...."
Plus, you've got each number on the page represented 4 ways -- on the right, you see how many ladybugs remain (i.e., 10 of them). On the left, you've got the number displayed ("10"), plus the holes add up to the same number, and then the verse at the bottom has the number written out ("ten little ladybugs...")
All the characters throughout the book (the caterpillar, the grasshopper, the turtle, etc.) show up at the end so you it's not like they come & go and are forgotten, and each page is beautifully illustrated. The book is also very well put together and I don't fear that the ladybugs are going to come off when my son grabs them. This book is very well used in our house and it's still holding up incredibly well. We highly recommend it!
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