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What the Ladybug Heard Hardcover – May 11, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
(This author also wrote The Gruffalo, which is another of our favorites.)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this! Bought it for a gift because my kids love this story.Published 1 month ago by S. Petroske
Our granddaughter loves to supply the animal sounds! Mamaw loves the rhyming story & illustrations.Published 3 months ago by Cathy G
Love this book. So much fun to read. Everyone should have this book in their personal library.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's good, but apparently it's the British version of the book. We were hoping for the US version. Still it's very good.Published 16 months ago by R. Galvin
My daughter (20 months old), loved this book so much, we had to keep checking it out from the library - so I decided to get our own copy. Lovely book and fun!Published 16 months ago by mddixiechicken
My 3 year old's all time favorite book ever. A friend from England sent it to us and we both adore it so much I now give it as a gift whenever I can.Published 21 months ago by Marie
One of our favorite Julia Donaldson stories. Our kids love making all of the animal sounds, very fun.Published 23 months ago by scottw