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Are You a Ladybug? (Up The Garden Path / Backyard Books)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Beginning with its title question, "Are you a ladybug?", this accessible book is perfect for reading aloud and tells young readers how they would experience life if they were a ladybug.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 16th 2003 by Kingfisher (first published January 1st 2000)
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Katie Jackson
Sep 11, 2011 Katie Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I loke the detailed pictures in this book. I learned a lot from this book and I would use it as a research tool for children learning about ladybugs. I didn't know what ladybugs looked like when they were first born or the variety of ladybugs.
The "Are You a..." non-fiction series is a good choice for introducing young children (and all the rest of us) to the insect world.

We chose this one to include in a library story-time about fire fighters because of the verse
"Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
All except one,
And her name is Ann,
And she hid under the baking pan."

Children are fascinated with everything to do with the world around them and will enjoy informational books. One of the "Em
Oct 22, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is another fun book in the Are You a... series of books by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries. We like these books. They offer scientific information, but in a colorful and fun format. Children will like how the books speaks to them and helps to compare a human to the insect described. And the Did You Know... section in the back offers additional facts about the topic. We will certainly look for more books in this series.
Feb 25, 2013 Heatherhh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book whimsically looks at what your life would be like if you were a ladybug. A very constant theme is to keep eating aphids, especially early on, so that you can grow. It has nice illustrations. Near the end of the story, you're told that if your parents look more like this (drawings of human parents of various skin colors), then you are not a ladybug; the explanation of how your life will be different culminates in the fact that you will never ever have to eat aphids! A final 2-page sprea ...more
Brandi Brown
Jun 07, 2014 Brandi Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one in a series of books that is written to explain the appearance, habits, and life cycle of bugs. The book is told from the perspective of a ladybug who is talking to the human children who are reading the book. This book does an excellent job, in my opinion, of explaining how a ladybug starts life as an egg and continues until old age without belaboring scientific terms and points but still provides information for the youngest readers. A kindergarten student should be able to re ...more
Samantha Catalano
I learned so much by reading this book! What a great book to read when doing science! For the size book that it is, it explains a lot about ladybugs that I never knew before. At the end, it ties the whole thing back to the reader, who has to figure out if they fit the description of a ladybug. Instead, through the depiction of multiple diverse families, we conclude that we are human beings instead.
Dec 01, 2007 Deidra rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Written by Judy Allen, illustrated by Tudor Humpries. Published by Kingfisher Publications, copyright 2000.

Grade Level: 1st and up

This story leads children through the life of a ladybug starting from the egg as if the reader was a ladybug.

Children will like this story because it gives lots of interesting facts about the insect most people like, and it lets them use their immagination to pretend that they are ladybugs.

Possible themes or units: insects, nature
Jul 28, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We learned A LOT about ladybugs in this book. I like that it was informative enough without too much information to bog the reader down.
Feb 15, 2012 Lynnea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
very cute book for younger kids
it's like a handbook for ladybugs and what they should do - eat aphids, eat some more, Peel off your skin, etc. very cute
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Feb 26, 2014
Very fun nonfiction, my child adores this book!
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Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award.

Judy Allen, along with illustrator Tudor Humphries, created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.
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