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Ladybug Girl at the Beach

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by David Soman, Jacky Davis
     
 

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It is preschooler Lulu’s first time at the beach and she needs to conquer her fear of the ocean in this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series.
 
Lulu has never been to the beach but she knows she is going to love it…until she sees just how big and loud the ocean is. She and her

Overview

It is preschooler Lulu’s first time at the beach and she needs to conquer her fear of the ocean in this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series.
 
Lulu has never been to the beach but she knows she is going to love it…until she sees just how big and loud the ocean is. She and her dog Bingo decide that they will make sandcastles, fly kites, and get ice cream instead of swimming. But then the ocean waves snatch Lulu’s favorite pail. This is a job for Ladybug Girl! When Lulu is Ladybug Girl, she is brave and nothing can stop her from rescuing her pail – and suddenly she is in the ocean and it is fun!
 
This story is the perfect preparation for a first beach vacation, or to explore a new experience with a preschooler. Mama and Papa are never far away while Ladybug Girl builds up her courage and confronts something scary for the first time.
 
For fans of Fancy Nancy and Angelina Ballerina, the Ladybug Girl series honors courage, creativity, and a love of nature!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Even though Lulu--in full ladybug bathing suit regalia--has never been to the beach, she knows that she’s going to love it. But at the edge of the water, where she’s dwarfed by a curling wave that spills over an entire spread, she isn’t so sure about going in. Luckily, there are other things to do, like building sand castles and getting ice cream on the boardwalk. Davis’s warmly expressive illustrations capture Lulu’s trepidation and, in the end, her triumphant self-assurance: when her bucket gets drawn in with the tide, Ladybug Girl finally has to confront the ocean. A tender addition to the series. Ages 3–5. (May)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Lulu, the popular Ladybug Girl, sets off with her family to the beach for her third adventure. Miss Confidence Incarnate—antennae foremost—sashays down the dunes to the very edge of the water with her faithful sidekick, Bingo the low-slung hound. Suddenly, THE OCEAN looms. Big. Noisy. Overwhelming. The bottom drops out of her charade. The kid is scared. How the Ladybug Girl deals with this new emotion is the grist of the remaining story. The pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings are mostly easy, lighthearted beach scenes: Lulu flying a kite, building a sand castle, eating a double-decker ice cream cone, collecting seaweed. Only in the one telling scene—in which Lulu stands face-to-face with her monster fear—do the illustrators get serious. It is the double-page spread of nothing but a few gulls and a little girl and her dog up against a veritable tsunami-sized wave. This is the true child's perspective, the view that makes the book. Yet after Lulu conquers all and returns to her vaguely annoying persona, one question remains: Why has the daddy figure been minimalized nearly out of existence? Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—With her antennae quivering and her wings shimmering, Lulu (aka Ladybug Girl) and her basset hound find sun and sand on their first trip to the beach. There's a problem, though; the too-big ocean, too-loud noises, and too-tall waves are a bit intimidating. "Lulu takes a few steps backward. Bingo barks at the waves." While her brother runs for the water and her parents bask in the sun, Lulu's courage fails, and she begins a round of activities designed to help her avoid the ocean. She builds a sand castle, flies her kite, begs for ice cream, takes a long walk across the beach, and digs for pirate treasure. Young readers may recognize the swing of Lulu's emotions—will she ever enter the water? It takes an emergency—a lost pail in the waves—to bring forth her courage and move her knee-deep into ocean water. Suddenly Ladybug Girl "loves the beach!" Cartoon figures on a background of summer pastels fill illustrations; Bingo's floppy, swinging ears follow the bend of grass in the wind as the hound stretches out in a series of naps across the sand. A welcome new adventure for Ladybug Girl fans.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803734166
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Series:
Ladybug Girl Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
74,037
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

David Soman and Jacky Davis are the husband-and-wife creative team behind the New York Times bestselling LADYBUG GIRL books. They write the stories together and then David does the illustrations. All of the stories are based on their own children and family experiences, many of which take place right in their own backyard. Jacky Davis has worked in publishing and television. David Soman comes from a family of artists. He is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They live in Upstate New York with their two kids.

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Ladybug Girl at the Beach 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
listeningdoctormom More than 1 year ago
We love this book! The pictures are darling and have that special classic quality to them, creating a world both familiar and curious.  The story is a good one...about being brave, about finding a part of yourself to call on when you know what must be done, and the delight in having mastered something challenging! 
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My daughter loves this and the other ones too. This she likes a lot because she likes the beach too. I could see a difference in her courage at the beach having had this book read to her. I recommend this book because it is a great beach story with pictures kids and adults can both smile at.
sugarhorse More than 1 year ago
my grand daughter loved this, she's three and enjoys the beach
Reader2879 More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has ever been afraid of the ocean, this book is a fun and gentle look at being brave and finding courage. The artwork is just stunning and there are interesting details to look at on every page. Ladybug Girl and Bingo are a dynamic duo!
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pippy More than 1 year ago
My almost 3 year-old sat through having this book read to her the very first time and has enjoyed it each time ever since. We enjoy looking at the wonderful illustrations that show ocean waves and wet sand so well. The font size changes dramatically to help me know when to emphasize something important and I like that each time the words "Ladybug Girl" are printed it is always in red to help her learn to associate the printed word with the name of the girl. It is written at a level that she can relate to and she can continue to grow with it as she learns some of the bigger words. I was so impressed with this book that I bought all the other books in this series.
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Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
I think everyone remembers their first day ever at the beach. It can be awe-inspiring or just awesome. Ladybug Girl finds this out first-hand in this latest book in the series. Give Lulu some applause for standing up against the unknown fearlessly. Wishing you all cool breezes and warm water, because this book just puts you in a good mood.
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