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The Grouchy Ladybug Board book – September 8, 1999
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Progressing through a series of brilliantly colored die-cut pages, a bad-tempered braggart becomes a nicer, happier, better-behaved bug. This "visual delight ... can readily be used to discuss manners and social behavior."--The Reading Teacher. The arrangement of the book also introduces concepts of comparative size and telling time. (Picture book.) -- HarperCollins
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This beloved Eric Carle classic returns once again in a colorful new board book format. For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.
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He doesn't want to share. He's rude, even when everyone around him is gracious. He's a blowhard and coward, who runs away when ever someone stands up to him. And in the end, he reaps what he sows and learns his lesson.
He is the perfect negative example for a moody, tempestuous 2 year old!
Our daughter had a rough day and lost her head at daycare, hitting and kicking other kids at the slightest provocation. Not cool. In addition to time outs, forced appologies to the other kids and parents, and stern reprimands from both my wife and me, we picked up this book at the library and it was the perfect thing.
After setting up what a jerk the Groucy Ladybug was, we pointed out that she had been a little grouchy that day. "Yeah," she agreed. We then went on to point out that not only is wrong to hit others, for all of the the reasons we listed that day, but also because sooner or later someone's going to hit back..."and that's no good. So why do it?" "Oh..." she said.
We're delighted to see this book is still in print. I'm buying my own copy right now. The book isn't perfect, but it's entertaining and educational.
1. The book is long but not too long for an older toddler. You can also skip some pages throughout the book to shorten it if needed for a younger child and this does not take away from the story.
2. The book has pages that get bigger with each animal the ladybug encounters in his travels. The bigger the pages get, the bigger the animal discussed. My kid seems to like the novelty of the tiny pages and transitioning to much bigger pages.
3. The board book quality is nice for little slobbery and not quite gentle hands. This book still looks brand new a year later.
4. There are tiny clocks in on the page corners that tie into the timeline in the story so you can discuss time with an older child reading this book.
5. Nice variety of animals in the book to discuss with your children.
Now the dislikes:
1. The moral of the story is that you should be nice and it gets you further in life. This is a pretty difficult concept to claw out of this book based on how the story unfolds and is definitely not something I think my kid takes away from the book at all, although she is quite young so an older child might pick up some of the cues better. (Note this book might be a good conversation starter for parents to discuss kindness and fighting topics with their child so maybe that's an advantage?)
2. I really dislike that every page is the ladybug requesting to fight someone. What a negative attitude to fully EMPHASIZE. I mean really, he asks that on EVERY page. I fear that this language becomes normalized repeating it so many times and therefore the morals being taught get lost amongst children.
3. Really repetitive writing and gets old reading out loud over and over.
4. I'd never give this as a gift for fear of being judged for thinking this book is appropriate.
Really I'm not even sure if 3 stars is appropriate or if it's too high. I'm pushing it to give it a moderate rating.