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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805090282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805090284
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—Everyone in the barnyard has something to say, except for the ladybug, who is a silent observer. But one night, when she overhears two burglars plotting to steal the prized cow, she knows that she must speak up. She not only does, but she also devises a plan to trick the thieves, save the cow, and restore tranquility to the barnyard. Once again, the author of The Gruffalo (Dial, 1999) has created a tiny heroine who outsmarts a much larger foe. The playful rhyming text flows without stumbling and offers the opportunity to demonstrate one's finest animal sounds. Monk's illustrations incorporate paint and collage to depict boldly caricatured participants in farmyard tableaux. Hidden within the farcical story is a message about language and the power of saying the right thing; the perfect word (or woof) at just the right moment can indeed save the day.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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The ladybug in this rhyming story lives on a farm with the usual assortment of animals, each with his or her own special sound (“And the cow said, ‘Moo!’ and the hen said, ‘Cluck!’” etc.), but “the ladybug never said a word” until she overhears “two bad men” plotting to steal the prize cow. The ladybug alerts the others and develops a plan to avert the heist involving each animal taking on the sound of one of the other farm animals. The men are caught, and the animals return to making their trademark sounds while the ladybug goes back to being silent. Filled with drama, lively action, and a large supporting cast of characters, this is a mini play more than a fully fleshed story. The appealing and brightly colored collage illustrations, rhyming text, and assorted animal sounds make it a natural for individual or group read-alouds. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos

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Well written, fun, clever and a great story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mummoo on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I came to Amazon looking for "What The Ladybird Heard" to send to my best friend's daughter who lives in Maine. It's a firm favourite in my house (in England). I was appalled to see it has been altered for the American market.

The meter is off. It's horrible! And jarring. I urge you to buy the original "What The LadyBIRD Heard" (the premise and most important rhyme is in the title! And repeats many times throughout the original story.). Because Ladybug doesn't rhyme with "heard", many of the sentences have been clumsily shuffled around.

No. JUST. NO. It doesn't work.

I understand there are colloquial differences for us Brits and you Americans, but this story really, really, really loses its flow and charm with these alterations. It's not like an American child won't understand that a ladybird and a ladybug are the same thing. Let's give kids some credit here!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What The Ladybug Heard is a perfect example of Julia Donaldson doing what she does best; putting together a fun story that rhymes so seamlessly that it's as much fun to read as it is to listen to. There are no clunkers here; this book runs along at a fast pace, with each rhyme and action perfectly placed. The only problem is that you might find yourself reading along, so enjoying all the animal sounds and rhymes that you totally miss where the story is going! It's a great story too - two not so clever criminals attempting a cow-napping are foiled by our wily animal friends. Kids will really have to be paying attention not to get lost in all the action. For those experienced story listeners, it will be well worth it when they figure out the trick that is being played on the would be robbers.

This book has all the elements of a great read aloud; the illustrations are large and vibrant, the rythms are perfect, and there is lots of room for audience participation. My only complaint - and it's a small one - is that it's a bit long. Time will tell if it can keep a group of pre-schoolers on their seats through the whole thing. Hopefully a spirited telling will generate the attention this book so richly deserves. This one stands head and shoulders above a crowded genre of farm animal books because of the great writing. Don't miss it. A big recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ctm19 on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful illustrations and a tight rhyming scheme make this a really fun read for both kids and their parents. The addition of a glittery lady bug to be found and pointed-to on every page makes it even more enjoyable! My one caveat is that I have the British version where the ladybug is a 'ladybird' and thus the rhymes are a lot better. I do get into some sticky explanations of UK vs US english, but it's worth it. Highly recommended!
(This author also wrote The Gruffalo, which is another of our favorites.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Jones on July 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We love the original British edition, What the Ladybird Heard. A great title with the rhyme worked in!

A very clever book.....fantastic plot for small children who are very concrete in knowing what sound an animal makes (cows say moo, pigs say oink, and so on) so it is a great twist that the animals must make a different sound in order to trick the burglars!

Definitely recommend it. Julia Donaldson has such good ideas.
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This book is excellent in every way. The cover is beautifully illustrated and very tactile with a yellow, very glittery raised design. This raised glittery theme is continued through the book with a hidden lady bug and sometimes her trail on each page. Young children can 'feel' as well as look for the lady bug which is cleverly much larger on some pages than others. The illustrations inside are outstanding too.
The story inside is very clever and very entertaining of how some farmyard animals plus the lady bug outwit some thieves trying to steal the farmers prized cow.
It is a very, very entertaining tale and lots of opportunity to make animal noises and laugh at the story.
Exceptionally good and well worth adding to your young childrens book collection. My 7 and 4 year old loved it.
The original UK version 'What the Ladybird Heard' is also available.
Wholeheartedly recommended.
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My daughter has loved this book since she was little. We had the British version, which had a bit better rhyming, but I can understand why it was Americanized for the US market.

The story is an easy read with lots of repetitive but fun reinforcement of the words. All the lines rhyme sweetly and the story is a cute one about farm animals outwitting burglars out to steal the prize cow. It's the type of story that the kids really enjoy since they feel like they are in on the same secret as the animals as the ladybug comes up with a plan to save the cow.

The artwork is very two dimensional but works for the story. I wish the American version had the glitter ladybug as the British versions since that added a bit of pizzaz to the story.

In all, highly recommended. It's a fun little story that kids love to read over and over.
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By georgia on November 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! But bringing it in front of classes all day for the Great American Teach in was interesting...I had all the animal puppets (but you could xerox the animals in the book and make stick puppets). I had the children make the noises of the animals to see who would be which animal. It was quite intersting,when I came to the ladybug, to see what sound the children would make...Needless to say the most perplexed child that had no idea of what a ladybug would say, was the one I gave the ladybug to. Then I began the story and had the children make all the animal sounds. The ladybugs job was to whisper in the ears of the animals which sound they would make when Lanky Len was in the farm, Interacting with the puppets in the classroom full of children worked with this wonderful book. It would also work as a play.
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Julia Donaldson is the author of many successful books for children, including the classic THE GRUFFALO, which has won the Smarties Prize and the Blue Peter Award for the Best Book to Read Aloud. THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD was one of the biggest best-sellers of 2004 and won WHS Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Julia has also written many children's plays and songs, and runs regular storytelling and drama workshops. She lives in Glasgow with her family.

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