Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Starting Life: Ladybug

Starting Life: Ladybug

Claire Llewellyn
Illustrator:  Simon Mendez 
Nonfiction novelty book
For ages 3 to 5
Cooper Square Publishing Llc, 2004   ISBN: 1559718927

   Ladybugs are one of the most beloved and most recognizable of the insect species that share our world with us. They are the gardener’s friend because they eat aphids and other garden pests. Many stories, songs, and poems have been written about the chubby, cheerful looking little beetles. 

   With this book in hand young children have the opportunity to explore the life of the ladybug, to see how they grow, how they behave, and how they interact with the natural world. The colourful (and sturdy) pages have much to engage the eye, and all sorts of information about the ladybug’s environment can be seen in the lovely annotated illustrations. Children will also enjoy the tab format of the pages, which allows them to look at the lifecycle of the ladybug stage by stage.