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Ten Little Ladybugs Hardcover – February 1, 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 271 customer reviews

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WARNING: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Dalmatian Pr; 1 edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581170912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581170917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ryan on June 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the most jazzed-up version possible of the classic rhyme about ladybugs!
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
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We got this book for our grandson just turning one, and it was his favorite book all weekend. He loved the illustrations, and loved just looking at it himself. An added bonus was that our granddaughter, just about three, loved to have it read to her and loved counting the ladybugs as you turned each page. I would guess that next she will be reading it to her brother. (It's that type of book -- seems to grow with the kids!)
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If Franz Kafka and HP Lovecraft had an illegitimate child, her name is Melanie Gerth. A true heir to the masters of existentialism and horror, Gerth draws us slowly into a dismal land where hope is swallowed up by an uncaring universe, just like the Ladybugs of the title are swallowed up by the fearsome beasts that haunt their tiny world.

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.
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As a Child Development Specialist I understand the importance of reading to infants - so you can imagine my disappointment when my baby had an active resentment to my attempts to "read" to her.
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.
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I have twin boys, and I bought them this book when they were about 10 months old. Here we are four months later, and I just bought a second book because they read the other one to pieces!! It was starting to look like a Frankenstein of torn pages and packaging tape, so I decided it was time to replace it. This was definitely their FAVORITE book, and believe me they had plenty to choose from.

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!
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