What About Ladybugs?

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There once was a garden alive with flowers, fruits, and vegetables. While the gardener was pleased with the plants, he wasn't so sure about all the insects that called the garden home. He liked the bright red ladybugs, and he knew that the bees and butterlies pollinated the flowers, but some of the bugs were nothing but trouble.

A gardener upsets the natural balance in his garden by using poison and learns the value of another ...

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Overview

There once was a garden alive with flowers, fruits, and vegetables. While the gardener was pleased with the plants, he wasn't so sure about all the insects that called the garden home. He liked the bright red ladybugs, and he knew that the bees and butterlies pollinated the flowers, but some of the bugs were nothing but trouble.

A gardener upsets the natural balance in his garden by using poison and learns the value of another method of controlling pests.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This book is a marvelous way to introduce the concept of the balance of nature to young school children. The gardener believes his garden would be perfect if he could rid it of insects. After having applied insecticide, he quickly realizes that there is a purpose for each type of insect and that chemical eradication of pests could cost him his entire garden. By introducing ladybugs to his garden, pests are kept at bay and a new garden flourishes. The illustrations are detailed, primarily in shades of green, and accompany the text well. This would make a good read aloud or could be adapted for storytelling.
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K-Gr 3-A picture book about the balance of nature in a garden. A man watches his plants grow, only to see them destroyed by aphids. He sprays with chemicals, but sees no improvement. Eventually, he orders a supply of ladybugs and releases them; they eat the aphids and restore the garden to its original health and beauty. Information about insects that are helpful and how some bugs can be both beneficial and destructive are woven throughout the story. Narrative and illustrations effectively demonstrate how each creature and plant plays a vital role. The visually appealing double-page, cover-to-cover illustrations place readers in a setting of soft natural hues. The plants and insects, done in brighter colors, are greatly magnified at times, enabling the eye to focus on changes in the foliage. A plea to children to value organic gardening, and a useful book for classes studying and protecting the environment.-Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871569219
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 4/26/2001
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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The gardener looked all around his garden, and he liked what he saw. There were hardy vegetables, brightly colored flowers, and fruit trees that made the air smell sweet. There were many kinds of insects in the garden, too: ladybugs and wasps, bees and butterflies, aphids and ants.

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