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Children's LiteratureIn this heartwarming picture book, a very ugly bug wonders why she does not look like any of her other bug friends. They all have teeny tiny eyes, smooth green backs, and big fluttery wings, while she has big googly eyes, a wobbly head, a hairy back, and spotted purple legs. What she fails to realize is that the other bugs have these special physical characteristics because these features help them to escape being eaten by the hungry birds. Discouraged by her own hideous appearance, the very ugly bug decides to create a special disguise that will enable her to remain safe from the beaks of hungry birds. She designs a unique mask that makes her eyes look smaller, she wraps herself in leaves to make her back look smooth and green, and she uses a pair of flower petals to create wings. Unfortunately, when she is all dressed up, she looks even more attractive and appetizing to the neighboring birds. Before she knows it, a hungry blue bird swoops in to grab her causing her to scream and lose her entire disguise. Once the bird sees her ugly features, he flies away in search of a tastier looking bug. The other bugs applaud her success and help her realize that her own unique qualities are all that she needs to remain safe and secure in the world. During all of this chaos, she even manages to catch the attention of Mr. Ugly Bug, who thinks she is the most gorgeous creature in the world. The two ugly bugs eventually get married and create a large family of even uglier baby bugs. This wonderful story teaches children an important lesson about self-acceptance and shows them that being a unique individual can have plenty of useful benefits. Young children will enjoy the humorous text, as well as thebright, colorful illustrations. This charming picture book will make an excellent read-aloud selection. 2005, Tiger Tales/ME Media, Ages 4 to 8.