Looking for a book your little toddler and big kid can both enjoy?
Pick up Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth and take it home.
B (3.5 years) examines the details in the illustrations, inventing personalities for each creature she finds. She counts the ladybugs ten to one (and one to ten,) and listens deeply to the quick story and the beat of the rhyme.
L (14 months) sees it differently. He enjoys discovering the ladybugs on the pages that playfully poke through the holes on the opposite page. He soaks up the bright, glowing illustrations. Heck, he’s captivated long enough to finish the story before “the call of the older sibling” (and the fun she’s having) pulls him away.
“TEN little ladybugs sitting on a vine.
Along came a butterfly– then there were…
NINE little ladybugs skipping on gate.
Along came a caterpillar– then there were…”
(I have to admit– the first time I read this story to B I wasn’t paying much attention… and I thought the ladybugs were being eaten. *covers face*)
One by one, the ladybugs are taken back to their home by their friends. Ten Little Ladybugs has some staying power– little toddlers and big kids will enjoy it in their own special ways.
Ten Little Ladybugs (2000)
Melanie Gerth (Illus. Laura Huliska-Beith)
Piggy Toes Press (Bendon, Inc.)