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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Summary: A ladybug starts the day in a grumpy mood, and tries to pick a fight with everyone it passes. At the end of the day, the ladybug returns to where he started, a little less grumpy. This is a book that helps teach comparison and the passage of time, as well as introduce the concept of a bully.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2
Age of Child: Started reading at 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He was immediately enthralled by the clocks in the corner and the changing sizes of the page. We have been reading this at least two times a day for awhile now.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story, though after about a half-dozen readings you start wishing the narrative wasn't so repetitive. We're happy s/he hasn't picked up on the "do you want to fight" line!
Pros: The story offers ideas with subtle transition (e.g., clock, rising/setting sun), making it more fun than other "learning" books.
Cons: None, really. If you like Carle, you've gotten used to the repetitive dialogue
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun read, and I'm sure we'll read it a lot more, but it does get tiresome. Better to have it available only periodically.
Educational Themes: While the obvious lesson is about dealing with bullies, the book has plenty else to offer: telling time, understanding the sun, learning about insects, and comparison (I.e., animal size)
Literary Categories: Fiction - nature, science, picture book