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Ladybugs

Ladybugs

by Gail Gibbons
     
 

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Ladybugs are a type of beetle. They live on six of the seven continents.

There are believed to be about 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs around the world. Here are descriptions of their characteristics, their four stages of development from egg to adult, and how they live.

Ladybugs eat insets that damage plants and are an important part of our environment.

Overview

Ladybugs are a type of beetle. They live on six of the seven continents.

There are believed to be about 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs around the world. Here are descriptions of their characteristics, their four stages of development from egg to adult, and how they live.

Ladybugs eat insets that damage plants and are an important part of our environment.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This simply written, clearly organized, thoroughly researched and exceptionally illustrated volume should be a first purchase for most libraries."

"Bright and informative."

Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Ladybugs come in many different shapes and sizes. Some ladybugs have no dots or patterns. Ladybugs, also known as ladybird beetles, have the ability to swim, and they can fly up to 15 miles an hour. These interesting insects are an integral part of conserving farms because they eat aphids, which are destructive to plants. It may not be commonly known that ladybugs have both an inner and an outer pair of wings. This lovely children's picture book offers a reader wonderfully illustrated pages describing the stages of a ladybug's growth. The book also illustrates how ladybugs defend themselves and how they help farmers. Geared for a young reader, the text in this nonfiction book is large and simple. This is one of more than 50 books written by Gail Gibbons. At the end of the book, there is a page of interesting facts about ladybugs and references on how to find out more about these beetles. In an elementary school setting, this book will be a nice addition to a science classroom or a library. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This well-conceived introduction is one of Gibbons's most attractive and informative presentations to date. Her colorful, realistically painted watercolors, enhanced with black ink outline and detail and some crayon highlighting, fill every page with larger-than-life images, and they are as much a source of information as the fact-filled text. Half of the illustrations include one or more brief notes and/or labels in addition to the oversize text. Gibbons identifies the small beetle's body parts; shows some species of ladybugs from around the world; details the four stages of its life cycle; and discusses its usefulness to farmers and how it protects itself from predators and cold weather. Appended are some additional facts (e.g., "Ladybugs can swim") and the National Geographic websites for the U.S. and Canada. The book contains more report-worthy information for this age group than most other in-print titles. This simply written, clearly organized, thoroughly researched and exceptionally illustrated volume should be a first purchase for most libraries.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423682
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,140,475
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator," according to The Washington Post. Winner of the 2010 Regina Medal, she has written and illustrated more than fifty books for Holiday House. She lives in Corinth, Vermont.

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