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10 Little Ladybugs
Melanie Gerth
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10 Little Ladybugs (Large Version)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  4,901 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
In Ten Little Ladybugs, one by one, ten tactile bugs disappear. Where did they all go? Young ones will love finding this out as they feel their way through the sturdy, colorful pages of this innovative book. The cute critters provide a hands-on learning experience and the rhyming text reinforces the counting concept. Interactive, educational, adorable - this magical countd ...more
Hardcover, 22 pages
Published January 2000 by Intervisual
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Apr 15, 2012 Peterb rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
A gothic tale of kidnapping, murder, cannibalism, and mayhem in the insect kingdom, Ten Little Ladybugs, written by Melanie Gerth and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, presents a troubling view of the devastating havoc that eschatological idolatry and ideology wreak on America’s children. That such potentially scarring material is promoted as a “children’s book” is even more troubling.

The cover is gaily festooned with the pastoral scene from a bourgeois garden, the smiles on the faces of the p
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
Ten little ladybugs are in an epic eleven page journey home. While traveling they meet several animals in the wild and interact in awesome counting fashion. Filled with colorful images. Not much to say for plot, it was written for three year olds with interactive number memorization in mind.

As a classic counting book, ten becomes one and repetition rules. Accomplishes the task well.

What makes this counting book stand out is the three dimensional ladybugs. Firmly placed in a wide base within eac
Amos Kitani
Dec 18, 2012 Amos Kitani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a strange book. Spoiler alert: the book is rather bold in its plot. It begins with 10 little ladybugs (very true to its title) but on each page, a larger animal appears (e.g., bird, grasshopper, fish) and a ladybug disappears. So babies like me are lead to believe that this is a "life-is-rough" kind of book about those that eat and those that are eaten. But at the end of the book, all the ladybugs (and the 9 other animals mentioned) reappear! At the end of the book, I'm left with ma ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march
While I like the concept of this book, and the illustrations were colorful and appealing, my inner child spent the whole time I was reading it screaming, "are all the lady bugs dead????" This is like a thinly veiled lesson about the circle of life in the bug/animal kingdom. Or possibly something that could be turned into a murder mystery. While as an adult I found this to be morbidly humorous, I think that it could easily be terribly distressing to a child. At least everything turns out all righ ...more
Grace Moore
"Ten Little Ladybugs" is a book that introduces the concept of counting to children. In the story, ten little ladybugs disappear one at a time. On each page, the child can count each of the ladybugs. This book helps to strengthen the child's ability to identify numbers, count, and recognize patterns (i.e. the pattern of a ladybug disappearing on each page). With this text, I would supply each child with ten little ladybugs and have the children take one away as each page is read aloud. This allo ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2005, math, rhyming
Cute counting story with colorful illustrations, a fun rhyming narrative and hard plastic ladybugs. Our girls have borrowed this book several times from the library. And now they can read it themselves.
Dec 15, 2016 Michaila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This is a book about ten ladybugs who end up disappearing from ten, all the way down to none.

I would use this in a Kindergarten classroom to help out with the unit of counting. This book has raised ladybugs in the pictures that students could feel and easily see. The words are simple, the pictures are big and bright, and I think it would make for a good starter counting book.
Elisa Pereyra-Molina
I love this book! It is a board book perfect for teaching youngsters how to count to 10, I counted to 10 in both Spanish and English while I read this book to a baby, so much fun counting pop out ladybugs!
Sharon McCague
Dec 02, 2016 Sharon McCague rated it it was amazing
Great book for Story hour. Children helped me count down the ladybugs and were familiar with the tale.
Mia McInnis
Oct 18, 2016 Mia McInnis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladybugs are going missing - where are they going as they vanish one by one? Find out in this whimsical and tactile book.
Rachel Fister
"Ten Little Ladybugs" is a great book to read to children who are learning how to count. While most books would probably start with the number 1, and count up from there, this book starts with the number 10, and then goes down. This book is about 10 ladybugs who are sitting on a vine, and then with each page, a bug or animal comes along, and a ladybug disappears, causing the reader to count down. As you read the book you can't help but wonder where the ladybugs disappear to, but once it gets dow ...more
Title: Ten Little Ladybugs
Author: Melanie Gerth
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith
Genre: fantasy fiction
Theme: counting
Opening line/sentence: Ten little ladybugs sitting on a vine, along came a butterfly – then there were…
Brief Book Summary: This is a counting book that starts at 10 with 10 ladybugs in the story. Each page you turn some type of animal comes along and takes one of the ladybugs so the number of ladybugs goes down each page by 1.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: The Little Ladyb
Kendal Dastrup
Oct 30, 2014 Kendal Dastrup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book ten little lady bugs we learn that one by one, ten tactile bugs disappear. Where did they all go? Young ones will love finding out as they feel their way through the sturdy, colorful pages of this innovative book. The cute critters provide a hands-on learning experience and the rhyming text reinforces the counting concept. Interactive, educational, adorable -- this magical countdown book adds up to a whole lot of fun.
my absolute favorite part of this book is the colors. they are so e
Megan Compton
Feb 04, 2015 Megan Compton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting
I found a few counting books this week, but "Ten Little Ladybugs" by Melanie Gerth has to be my favorite! Children love stories that include have things that can be touched and played with on the pages. The story of "Ten Little Ladybugs" is about helping a child learn how to start counting at one, and progressing to ten. Each page has a little pop-up ladybug on it and they look real. As the reader turns the page, a new ladybug will appear, eventually going from one ladybug all the way to ten! Th ...more
Jennifer Heise
Jun 16, 2016 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math, picturebook, kids
Ok, first off this is adorable. The little plastic 3-D ladybugs in their cut-outs on the pages? Fun to touch and engaging. Of course, the book is not true-to-nature. (Which is ok, given that the inspiration for many of the 'ten little...' books comes from the horrible 1868 song "Ten little Indians" by Septimus Winner. For those who wonder, be assured that (view spoiler).) Various bugs, beasts and birds-- most of which wo ...more
Jennifer Rampton
Title: Ten Little Ladybugs
Bibliographic Reference: Gerth, M, & Huliska-Beith, L (2007). Ten Little Ladybugs. Atlanta, GA: Piggy Toe Press.
Summary: This book has to do with 10 ladybugs that go on an adventure. It starts counting down, where on each page a ladybug fly’s away. Then after all fly away, they go home and there are the 10 ladybugs. The ladybugs pop out so it is easy to find and count them.
Personal Reaction: I think this is a good basic book for children to read. It helps them to
Sep 29, 2015 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-have-read
My 17-month-old enjoys poking his fingers through the holes on each page and watching the numbers decrease with each turn of the page. I don't get the sense that he notices or engages with the images or words in the book yet, though. They are not as high contrast and simple as some other books for toddlers, but I think he will enjoy this more as he gets older. I remember enjoying this book in my childhood. The other downside to this book is the implication that the ladybugs are getting eaten eve ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for children who are trying to learn numbers, and if you wanted to go really in depth, you could even talk about subtraction. The ladybugs disappear one at a time so that is how you could link the story to math. The book uses a lot of rhymes so that would be great for students to catch on to and notice patterns. My personal favorite part of the book was the illustrations. The pages all use vibrant colors and the pictures that are all different shapes, textures, and cut out. ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I think that this book is very nice and simple as far as a mathematics book goes. The pictures were very vibrant and colorful, which would make it fun for children to look at. I also think that it goes at a slow pace so that a parent could actually count with the child on each page the amount of ladybugs. Similarly, I think this book is nice because it has the plastic ladybugs on each page, which is good for the sensory part of learning with the child. I think that this book would be suitable fo ...more
Natalie Rion
Feb 01, 2012 Natalie Rion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting
I just read "Ten Little Ladybugs" written by Melanie Gerth and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. I really enjoyed this counting book for children. The book counts to ten with a rhyme for each number. The writer used ladybugs as the figures being counted. I enjoyed the rhyming pattern, the writing, and the illustrations. The ladybugs also popped out from the pages and were made for children to be able to physically touch. I feel like that is one great aspect about the book. I love the colorful ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Maribel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I'll start off by saying that I do not like ladybugs. I pretty much hate them. The story begins with 10 ladybugs. They meet other creatures and start by one. I know I should feel bad...but I don't. Like I said, I hate ladybugs and anyway they should know better than to talk to strangers. I gleefully read on...pretty soon I'll be rid of all these ladybugs. Then the twist ending!! The horrifying end! SPOILER ALERT. They have not disappeared! They were partying all along with the ...more
The first time I read this book to Samuel, several years ago, I was pretty freaked out after the first couple pages: "This is horrible! What's happening to all the ladybugs?!?" It did become one of Samuel's favorites, and now Joey (nearly 3) is into it. We'll definitely be reading this one again soon because Joey seemed very interested in recognizing the numbers and identifying all the creatures. After I read it to him tonight, he very gently pretended to pick up each little ladybug off the cove ...more
Jul 21, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschoolers and their parents
Shelves: childrens-books
This is our current favorite. It has those tactile 3D ladybug bits o plastic that the kiddos can touch and count. Plus there's a featured animal on each page, usually a recognizable one: duck, bird, caterpillar, frog, etc. Colors are lively; illustrations are simple but attractive; text rhymes and encourages page turning (that is, sentences start on one page and end on the next, which discourages too much lollygagging on just one page, which my kids are wont to do). Moreover, this book, so far, ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is a precious book for a young child. The rhymes are simple and flow well. The illustrations are very colorful and complement the nature of the story. The concept of counting is introduced, and there are ladybugs attached that, with each page, disappear by one. My nephew adored this book, as evidenced by it's current state of destruction. I ordered it again for my 2-year-old niece and I'm sure she will love it as well. It's too bad it's out of print. I found it on Amazon from a private sell ...more
May 18, 2011 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is a very colorful large board book The rhyming text counts down from ten to one - who flies home. The ladybugs are in 3-d. This is just a fun book for a baby/toddler storytime. I had the kids all using fingers to help with the countdown. Then we did a variation of the action rhyme "Two Little Blackbirds" - turning Jack and Jill sitting on a hill into two little ladybugs. One little girl couldn't wait until I read this book - probably in reaction to the cover with the little plastic ladybug ...more
I assumed this was a counting book with the ladybugs, but I didn't expect them to get eaten! They count done one by one as some larger creature comes and each ladybug dissappears. Then they all show up at the end. They were just going to hang out with these larger creatures. It was a twist at the end that didn't make me feel any better about the book. I read one comment that said that it was the afterlife on the last page. I disagree with that, but I did think it was strange and weird. If bugs a ...more
Katie O'brien
"Ten Little Ladybugs" is a book I don't remember reading as a child but it is a cute counting book with interactive cut-outs with plastic ladybugs sticking out. The book counts to ten and has a rhyme for each number which makes it easy for children to remember. The ladybugs help kids pair the quantity with the correct number and the illustrations are fun and entertaining.I recommend this book for kids learning how to count/read and for teachers to keep in the classroom (teachers of younger kids ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 22, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the ladybugs start disappearing, you may have an increasing sense of foreboding. But don't worry, there's a happy ending! (It is a children's book after all.) Baby enjoys feeling the three dimensional ladybugs and this one should grow with her as she learns to count. Nice singsong rhyme to the book as well. Just don't think too hard about what would really happen to the ladybugs in real life...
Jessica L.
Jul 24, 2013 Jessica L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting-pic
A counting book that covers the concept of counting backwards! The book starts out with 10 lady bugs, then something happens and they gradually disappear.

Themes: counting, nature

This could be used in a kindergarten or first grade class to introduce the concept of counting backwards.

The students could pick two numbers and then draw then starting with the higher number then the lower number.
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