The Grouchy Ladybug

by Eric Carle

Hardcover, 1977



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Kohls Care/HarperCollins (1977)


A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.

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LibraryThing member cmbohn
I love this story. I feel just like the grouchy ladybug sometimes! But I never eat aphids, which is really a good thing.
LibraryThing member ml445
The Grouchy Ladybug was illustrated and written by Eric Carle. This book provides wonderful colorful illustrations. Teachers can use this to provide lessons on manners and social behavior. This book also teaches the concept of time and size.
LibraryThing member rybeewoods
I've read this one million times...and my son isn't even 2 yet.
LibraryThing member willsl
This is a great book to teach students time. Each animal the ladybug meets at a specific time. The time is listed at the top and as the time gets later the print in the book gets bigger. The ladybug learns about having a good attitude.
LibraryThing member JaniceStevenson
My students just love this book and so do I! Sometimes we go along in life thinking higher of ourselves than we ought. Perhaps struggles in our lives come only to knock some sense into us!
LibraryThing member lleighton05
Genre: This is a good example of a fantasy because the events could never take place since bugs and animals do not talk. The grouchy ladybug is considered the villian and tries to fight the other characters, but in the end it gets conquered by the whale and the friendly ladybug (heroine)
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still offers aphids to the grouchy ladybug.
Character: The grouchy ladybug is a dynamic character. She starts out by being rude and wants to prove she is tough. But she eventually changes towards the end and becomes nicer. The reader learns about the grouchy ladybug through her actions and her dialogue with the other characters.
Media: collage
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LibraryThing member kewpie
GREAT read-aloud. When I read to kindergarten students, this is one they asked for over and over. The idea of a ladybug trying to get into fights with animals much bigger than it seems the apex of 5 year old humor.

I'd give it 5 stars, except that on really rainy days when the kids were bored and
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restless, this could rile them up and inspire a kid or two to start punching the kid next to him. While funny, sometimes a book that even implies violence may not be appropriate.
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LibraryThing member jrjohnson1
This is a great childrens book. I love this author and illustrator. It teaches us about bullies. Also other things that children might run into.
LibraryThing member Riley1878
I liked this okay but i was not impressed with the fact that through the book the ladybug is mean until the very end. plus the words are very small in the beginning. The good thing is that it has repetition so that is positive.
LibraryThing member dchaikin
Two ladybugs land on a leaf full of aphids to eat. The friendly one offers to share. The grouchy one wants them all to himself and threatens a fight. When the friendly ladybug agrees to fight, the grouchy ladybug panics and says something like "your not big enough for me. I'll go find someone
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bigger". And so begins a journey to larger and more dangerous animals. To each the ladybug offers to fight and from each it runs away saying they are not big enough. Finally a whale flips the ladybug through the air and back to his original leaf. The friendly ladybug offers it the remaining aphids, and this time the exhausted ladybug accepts the offer.

This is an OK Carle. Carle is one of those children's authors I usually hate reading and my kids absolutely love listening to. The problem is you say the same thing over and over and over until you're bored to tears. And this repetition is exactly what the kids want. This one is extreme in that it repeats the same line about 10 times, and it's a really loooong line. The pictures are beautiful.

This book is a little too much for my 2-yr-old, although he likes it. And it's a little too young for my 4-yr-old, but she likes it too. There are better Carle books, like Brown Bear, Brown Bear or The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Head to Toe. But if you like Carle, don't hesitate to add this one.
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LibraryThing member bkullman
Good story - however - too long. Maybe when Evie is older and we can discuss the animals the ladybug encounters.
LibraryThing member PigOfHappiness
Hey you, want to fight?!?

Brilliant illustrations and a story most children can relate to make this another Carle classic. While the inclusion of a clock and time can be confusing to some, it helps small children begin to grasp the concept. Appropriate for preschool and beyond...
LibraryThing member bekstrom
This book is an excellent example of fantasy. The story is written believibly, but it could not happen in reality. The animals in this story are given human characteristics. This story tells the truths of being grouchy and how it should be kind to others. I would use this book in a very late
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primary class or early intermediate class. The type of media used is collage.
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LibraryThing member djmeyers
Eric Carle never disappoints! The collage art is fantastic and the story line humorous. Perspective plays into the humor as the animals get so large that you barely see the ladybug on the page! Graciously,grouchy is "slapped" back into reality by the tail of a whale-- leaving the grouchy ladybug
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right back where he started, just humbled and super hungry. Thankfully there is a kind ladybug waiting to assist! I love it!
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LibraryThing member mlsullivan
I loved doing this book for my math lesson. It was a good book to use for teaching students to tell time. It also showed students that it is better to be polite to people.
LibraryThing member soccergirlbhd
The Grouchy Ladybug is a cleverly illustrated book about a grouchy ladybug who always wants to pick fights until he meets his match and becomes a sweet and well-mannered ladybug. In this book children can learn their shapes, explore the concept of time, and, learn manners. is the
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perfect website to visit once you have read his books. It has biography information, games, the list of his books, a photo and video gallery and much more.
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LibraryThing member jessicaherrin83
Carle's story explores the concepts of time, size and manners through the exploits of one very grouchy ladybug. When it refuses to share aphids with another ladybug, the grouchy insect flies off to pick a fight an hour with a succession of ever-larger animals. Kids will love the way the tension
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seems to build in the story. Will the ladybug get its comeuppance? Or will it learn to mind its manners? (If you don't remember, you'll just have to read it yourself to find out!)

Carle employs his almost trademarked tissue paper and tempera collages to great effect here as he renders more than a dozen different animals. He includes a clock face at the top of each page, to help kids track the passing of time. A good book to read when you or your little one is in a grouchy mood.
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LibraryThing member aswideman
The Grouchy Ladybug shows students’ fighting does not solve anything. If you ask nicely for something, more than likely you will get it.
LibraryThing member chron002
Her 20th birthday, time to celebrate. Great picture book and very easy to read. I liked the book and this would be good for Kindergarden students up to 1st grade. This would be a good book to talk about different emotions in the classroom.
LibraryThing member ermilligan
A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone it meets regardless of ther size or strenthing. This little ladybug soon reliazes that pleasure gan be gained from good manners and happiness.
LibraryThing member psjones
Another great book by Eric Carle. This book can be used to teach a lesson about time. It is about a lady bug and one grouchy day. I would use this book to teach a math lesson about time with my students. Students love to be read to before a math lesson and this book allows them to see time in the
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LibraryThing member dgadkins88
Her 20th birthday, time to celebrate. Great picture book and very easy to read. I liked the book and this would be good for Kindergarden students up to 1st grade.
LibraryThing member aecrozier
This book is about a grouchy ladybug that begins her day eating aphids on a leaf and another ladybug suggests that they can share because she is hungry too. The grouchy ladybug tells her she does not want to share her breakfast and wants to fight for the aphids. The friendly ladybug agrees to the
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fight but the grouchy ladybug decides she isn't big enough to fight and flys away. She goes on and encounters many animals and eventually finds a whale and asks him for a fight but the whale doesn't answer her and slaps the ladybug back to the shore. Luckily, the story ends with the friendly ladybug being nice to the grouchy ladybug by sharing her dinner with her. I liked this book because it is a good lesson on friendliness.
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LibraryThing member rlhopper
This book begins when two ladybugs, a nice ladybug and a grouchy ladybug, want to eat the same aphids for lunch. The nice ladybug is willing to share but the grouchy ladybug wants them all for herself. She tries to fight the friendly ladybug but when she discovers that the friendly ladybug is
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willing to fight back, she simply says that she is not big enough anyways and fly off. The grouchy kadybug flys around trying to pick fights with all different kinds of animals such as, a lobster, a snake, and even a hyena; but when she discovers that they are all willing to fight back she says that they are not big enough and flys away. The final animal she approaches, which is a whale, ignores her and its taill slaps her all the way back to shore. The grouchy ladybug eventually makes her way back to where she began and shares the aphids with the friendly ladybug. I like this book because i think it does a great job of teaching students how to share.
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LibraryThing member cdswindle
This book is about a ladybug who does not like to share and quickly learns that there other creatures in the world who could hurt him. He learns in the end that sharing sometimes isn't that bad.

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0062043544 / 9780062043542

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