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Are You A Ladybug?

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With its intriguing bug's-eye view of the world, this new series offers preschoolers a unique perspective on the life cycles and environments of some familiar backyard creatures. In each book, the initial question — Are you a snail?...Are you a ladybug? — is followed by a series of simple sentences that help children appreciate the differences between themselves and a particular small animal. Realistic, detailed art and informative, easy-to-read texts make these stories perfect for reading aloud. "Slowly, slowly,...

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Overview

With its intriguing bug's-eye view of the world, this new series offers preschoolers a unique perspective on the life cycles and environments of some familiar backyard creatures. In each book, the initial question — Are you a snail?...Are you a ladybug? — is followed by a series of simple sentences that help children appreciate the differences between themselves and a particular small animal. Realistic, detailed art and informative, easy-to-read texts make these stories perfect for reading aloud. "Slowly, slowly, slowly, your color grows stronger. Your black dots appear. Congratulations, you're a ladybug!"

Introduces the life cycle of a ladybug, showing how it changes from an egg to an adult ladybug.

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Children's Literature
Author Judy Allen introduces young children to the life cycle of a ladybug. Drawing the child into the birth, growth, and aging process, Allen traces changes in color, shape, and diet from the egg to adulthood. The book engages the reader's imagination and whimsically suggests how children differ: the skin doesn't split, you can't fly, you won't break out in red and black spots, and, best of all, you don't have to eat aphids. The colorful line drawings add greatly to the personal identification and humor. This is one title in a series of "Backyard Books" that include Are you a Snail? and Are you a Spider? The final pages give a few facts about the over 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs. 2003 (orig.2000), Houghton Mifflin/Kingfisher,
— Lesley Lee Francis <%ISBN%>0753452413
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This delightful picture book is part of Kingfisher's "Backyard Books" series. While providing helpful instructions on how to be a ladybug and pointing out the differences between ladybugs and people, this whimsical story also manages to convey a good deal of important information about the creatures. The simple text includes a description of the life cycle of the ladybug, what they eat, and how they change shape and color as they develop--all key facts about these helpful insects. The text, colorful illustrations, and topic are well-suited to preschoolers and beginning readers. Preschoolers will enjoy hearing the book read aloud, and beginning readers will feel a sense of mastery as they read this book by themselves and share the information with their favorite grown-up. 2000, Kingfisher, Ages 3 to 7, $9.95. Reviewer: Eileen Hanning—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Short sentences in large print are juxtaposed against colorful, close-up, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Each accessible book begins with its title question and tells readers how they would experience life as that creature, keeping the familiar form of address throughout, e.g., "If you are [a ladybug], your parents look like this, and they eat-." The books briefly describe their subjects' birth, growth and development, a few outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, diet, habitat, and natural enemies. The narratives then segue into a reality check, stating, "However, if your parents look a little like this-You are-a human child." Each title ends with a list of miscellaneous facts about the invertebrate discussed. While the texts are simply and clearly written, there are a couple of minor flaws. Ladybug fails to define the word aphid, although the soft-bodied insect is referred to several times, and Snail defines poison as "poisonous." Joanne Ryder's beautifully illustrated, lyrical The Snail's Spell (Puffin, 1988) serves as an excellent introduction for preschoolers, but Allen's titles will attract young nature lovers.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Esmé Raji Codell
This book invites readers to view life from a ladybug's perspective. Colorful, informative drawings detail a ladybug's life, from egg to larva to the first flight.
Bookbag Magazine
Kirkus Reviews
"Are you a ladybug? If you are, your parents look like this, and they eat aphids." So begins a charming little book from the Backyard Books series (Are You a Snail?, not reviewed) that documents the amazing life cycle of the common ladybug. Throughout, Humphries engages the viewer's imagination with clear, close-up illustrations, done in soft watercolors, of beetles from egg to adult. The text invites the listener to be part of the story, growing inside an egg, hatching as a strange larva, resting in the hard, shell-like pupa, and finally emerging complete with wings, spots, and a bright red coat. "Congratulations, you're a ladybug." With tongue in cheek, the author explains that if your parents look like humans, you are not a ladybug, "You are a human child." And advises, "Your skin will not split as you grow. You can't fly. It is very unlikely that you are red with black dots." The author concludes with facts about ladybugs; for example, "a ladybug can eat about 70 aphids a day." The titles in this series have shiny board covers, glossy paper, a modest price, small size and a great deal of appeal. For reading aloud or reading alone, preschool and early childhood children will find these young information books delightful. (Nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753452417
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Backyard Books Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 31
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Wonderful Educational Engaging book

    I really enjoy this book. Mother of 2 under 7. I read this to my daughter's 1st grade classroom. They loved it! Very educational and engaging to the reader/listener. A wonderful gift for Preschool-2nd grade teacher or student.

    It was also on the reading list for my Children's Literature class in college!

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