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Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad Hardcover – March 22, 2011

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"Soman and Davis sensitively convey the joys of creative play and the delicacies of children's social dynamics."—Publishers Weekly

"Soman and Davis's simple story speaks directly to that time in childhood when imagination and reality are aligned. Ladybug Girl is given free rein to explore and create, inspiring young readers to emulate her or identify with her."—School Library Journal

About the Author

Husband-and-wife creative team David Soman and Jacky Davis write the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl books together and all the stories are inspired by their own children and family experiences. David’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations bring readers right into Ladybug Girl’s backyard adventures with her, and you will want to stay and play all day!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ladybug Girl
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1St Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734197
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter, age 3, is a very big fan of Ladybug Girl. She identifies with a lot of Lulu's predicaments - such as finding her own fun, playing pretend games with others (not just telling them what to do), and understanding that things don't always go as planned. We bought this on a Spring Break road trip and I have read it to her multiple times each day, at her request. She understands that Lulu can't make her friends do everything she wants them to do. I am giving the book 4 out of 5 stars because I find myself summarizing one page in particular where Lulu decides to apologize for blowing out her friend's candle. That page is just too wordy and doesn't read aloud very well. However, I do not find a contradiction in the lesson and the last bug squad mission to spy on Lulu's brother.

What I really *LOVE* about this book - and the entire series - is the way the kids play pretend outdoors. They create an imaginary scenario about the Bug Squad outdoors in nature. The authors clearly have a good understanding of the need for children to play outdoors and I feel that is always an undertone with Ladybug Girl stories.
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I am a huge fan of Ladybug Girl, the first three books are heartfelt, sincere, and entertaining. This book had a little too much sugary-goodness, "cheese" factor. Problems are solved in this book not by a character's understanding but by the author's reasoning that children are going to be reading this book and they should learn to be understanding. The behavior is modeled in the book that children should be apologetic when they've wronged a friend but it doesn't give a lot of reasons as to why. When Ladybug girl apologizes it's referred to as a difficult thing to do. Why is it difficult? Why should it be done even though it's hard? This and other happenings in the book are going to have to be discussed at a greater length than the previous books in order for the children reading, or being read to, to understand properly. The ending was equally as bad because the book told a story about Ladybug girl listening to those around her and their wishes. But what happens at the end of the book? The Bug Squad goes and invades Ladybug Girl's brother privacy despite his wishes to be left alone.
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My daughter is 5 and has always loved the Ladybug Girl books. This book is no exception in becoming another Ladybug Girl favorite. Everyone views things differently and I view this much differently than the reviewer who gave this book 2 stars. From a child's point of view my daughter understood the lesson in the book. In the story Ladybug Girl upsets her friend but didn't mean to. Ladybug Girl gets a feeling in her stomach when she does this.I asked my daughter why does Ladybug Girl feel that way? My daughter responded "because she likes her friend and does not want to hurt her". Ladybug Girl makes things better on her own without any prompting from a grown up. Isn't this what we are striving to teach our children? Saying sorry is hard because it is telling the other person I know I was wrong. What child likes to admit they were wrong? Ladybug Girl tackles this and says she is sorry and even comes up with a solution to make it up to her friend so her friend is happy again. Yes in the ending Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad go up to see what her big brother is up to. That is realistic and siblings for you. Is is nice, no not really but kids are never perfect are they? So to me this makes the book even more realistic. These books are written by a husband and wife who themselves have a son and daughter. I think they know what they are doing and hit right on with this addition to the Ladybug Girl series. We look forward to the next Ladybug Girl adventure!
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I had to put a review out here that didn't start with "my daughter loves..." This book reaches both sides of the gender coin! My 3 yr old son absolutely loves this book! He thinks both ladybug girl and bumblebee boy are awesome! He even has his own super hero powers now, he turns things into plastic. Not sure where that one came from but he is happy and creative and therefore so am I. Anyhow, this book series is a great way to really delve into problem solving while exploring vivid imaginative play. It helps to show kids what they can do with a bit of creativity and what tools we can use when a situation arises that may be difficult at first. The illustrations are fun and the writing is superb! We give this series 5 stars!
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Bought this for my granddaughter when she was 3. She has developed a real love for everything Ladybug Girl. Delightful stories that really connect with the very young children in my life. I love the stories and really enjoy the art work.
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I enjoy the 'moral' of each of the Ladybug Girl stories but the wording can be a little odd...it doesn't always flow the way you think a children's book should. The books do reflect an adventurous spirit in Ladybug girl...which I love. Just wish my little girl enjoyed reading the books as much as I do.
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By J2014 on October 19, 2013
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My son is three and loves Bumblebee Boy. This book includes him as well as the rest of the gang. My son loves the superhero theme. I'm so happy to find something within the theme that is appropriate and clever.
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