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by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons, Illustrator

Paperback | 32 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 7.99
ISBN: 9780823427604 | 01-15-2013

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Science & Nature, Animals/Nonfiction
Recommendations: A, LMC*, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K: RI.7
1: RI.2
2: RI.6, 7

About the Book

Most kids are familiar with the bright red, spotted ladybugs. But different kinds of ladybugs are all different colors, such as orange, yellow, or black.

In her clear and kid-friendly style, nonfiction master Gail Gibbons introduces young scientists to these beautiful beetles: their life cycles, what they eat, how they protect themselves, and lots more.

“Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children’s writer-illustrator."—The Washington Post


"This well-conceived introduction is one of Gibbons's most attractive and informative presentations to date. Her colorful, realistically painted watercolors, enhanced with black ink outline and detail and some crayon highlighting, fill every page with larger-than-life images, and they're as much a source of information as the fact-filled text. . . . This simply written, clearly organized, thoroughly researched and exceptionally illustrated volume should be a first purchase for most libraries."—School Library Journal

"Surprising facts (ladybugs play dead to discourage potential predators) underscore Gibbons's educational but nondidactic approach."—Publishers Weekly

"The book presents [this beetle's] body parts, food, development, predators, defenses, and protection from cold weather. . . . Bright and informative."—Booklist

About the Illustrator
Gail Gibbons

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A fill-in-the-blank activity using vocabulary about ladybugs and insects.