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Ten Little Ladybugs Hardcover – 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
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 ›
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.
Upon my first reading, I remember thinking "Wow, this is incredibly morbid for a children's book.." because it seemed like the ladybugs were getting eaten, drowned, etc. However (spoiler alert, ha ha) they were fine in the end.
Despite the fact that it is now in pieces, this is actually a pretty well-made book. It took quite awhile for them to tear it up, and that's saying something there. The ladybugs are attached to a larger plastic piece which is then glued in between the pages, ensuring that it won't be easily removed. The pages themselves are doubled card stock, with a glossy finish to protect them from drool.
My boys loved touching all the ladybugs, and feeling that there were fewer as the book progressed. They also absolutely loved the high-color illustrations, and would frequently just sit there by themselves, paging through the book and looking at the pictures. For some reason, they would always laugh when we got to the picture of the fish, and I would start to point out the eyes, lips, etc.
This is also a great book to make animal noises to (if your kids like that sort of thing) since it has a bee, bird, etc. Your child is pretty much guaranteed to love this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter, and son both love this book! We have read it so many times and I'm sure we'll read it a million more!Published 10 days ago by Franchesca DeLucenay
My granddaughter loved her lady bug book. Thank you for such a great book.Published 18 days ago by Tina
My grandchildren love this book. I can read it over and over again and because the numbers go backwards from ten down to one it is a delightful and different way to learn those... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Julie W. Snyder
My son LOVES this book!! We read it every night and he loves the illustrations and because the ladybugs are raised on the pages, he finds it much easier to count them and can see... Read morePublished 29 days ago by J. Cardoza
My grandkids loved it when they were small and now great niece loves itPublished 1 month ago by Kathy Spangenberg
This is a very cute book and my 2-year-old daughter loves it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My baby loves this book with the disappearing lady bugs so much that I bought this one as a gift for someone elsePublished 1 month ago by Shannon Thomas