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Ten Little Ladybugs Board book – February 1, 2001
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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
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! My 7 month old loves this one. She only likes a few books but this is one that really strikes her!Published 8 days ago by BobbyK
More wear then was described. I felt the condition was less than "fair"Published 11 days ago by Lynn B
Great book to read with kids because of the texture, rhymes, and counting. both my kids and i love itPublished 26 days ago by jennifer baenziger
I was a little horrified until I found out what happened to all the ladybugs. My sons love listening to me read it and touching the lady bugs.Published 27 days ago by Guli
The book is really cute. The bugs are raised and can be touched by little fingers. The spine isn't as strong as it should be. Be careful.Published 28 days ago by Christi Morris
My little is 2 and this is one of my little one's favorite books. The illustrations and raised ladybugs are beautiful. It is a fun way to practice counting down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TMo