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Book Review: Ten Little Ladybugs

Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth: four stars

Ten Little Ladybugs

This review had to come on the heels of the last, as Ten Little Ladybugs is also one of my guy’s favorite reads. Similar to Eight Silly Monkeys, this book starts out with ten ladybugs and does the whole counting down thing. Here’s the idea: Ten little ladybugs sitting on a vine. Along came a butterfly, and then there were nine. You get it, right? So the ladybugs are hanging out someplace new on each page (presumably to escape the fate of the previous ladybug) when alas, one ladybug disappears on each page. Do I need to highlight the creepiness factor here? The first time I read this, I was a little freaked out. Um…is this a metaphor for kidnapping? What kind of story is this? Convinced the ladybugs were meeting their demise at the “hands” of butterflies, grasshoppers, bumblebees, and fish, I shrugged it off and figured it probably wasn’t much worse than a good Grimm brothers fairy tale. Creepy and yet acceptable. But here’s the thing about the ladybugs: They all end up together at the end. Turns out those assorted insects and animals were just do-gooders, taking the ladies home. Sorry to ruin the ending for you, but seriously, you would’ve gotten there pretty quickly. If it weren’t for the initial eyebrow raising at the untimely disappearance of ladybugs, I would’ve rated this one five stars. It’s a big hit in our house. But I just know that once little Boo Boo actually understands the story for the first time, he’s gonna be a little concerned for those ladybugs and rightly so; I can already picture the worry in his big, brown eyes. 

Freddie September 09 002


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  1. Lisa feeney on said:

    Ha. Love the photo. Poor pumpkin so worried about those ladybugs!!! He is beautiful!! . In June we went to bridgets preschool end of the year celebration. They sang “5 little monkeys swinging on a tree teasing me alligator can’t catch me no you can’t catch me…along came mr alligator as quiet as can be and he SNATCHED that monkey right out of that tree. Now there are four little monkeys…and so on”. Aideen was horrified that the alligator ate those poor monkeys. There was no happy ending!!!

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