Ladybug Girl and Bingo

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Fun camping adventure has one brief scary moment.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn about camping, exploring the woods, and identifying landmarks and bugs.

Positive Messages

Ladybug Girl and Bingo imparts positive messages about outdoor play, curiosity, exploring the wild, and being resourceful when camping.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents are present and engaged, and they foster imaginative play. Siblings are kind and helpful.

Violence & Scariness

There's brief but real peril when Lulu (Ladybug Girl) becomes separated from her dog, Bingo, and her parents, and realizes she's lost. But she quickly finds her way back to camp, where she discovers she was never out of their sight in the first place.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ladybug Girl and Bingo, another episode in the popular Ladybug Girl series, includes a brief moment of peril when Lulu (Ladybug) is separated from her dog, and then her parents. She quickly reunites with both, but younger children may be unsettled by this momentary fright. Elsewhere, the book is a lovely exploration of childhood play and imagination, set in the magic of the outdoors.

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What's the story?

LADYBUG GIRL AND BINGO finds Lulu (Ladybug Girl) and her trusty basset hound on a camping adventure with her family. This adventure will test all she's learned when she loses track of Bingo and her surroundings and fears that she's lost. Luckily, she has a good head on her shoulders, and the things she learns about landmarks and perspective are helpful.

 

 

Is it any good?

The Ladybug Girl series is a storytime treat for imaginative kids. In Ladybug Girl and Bingo, the language and images combine for a particularly compelling tale that evokes the wonderment of nature through the eyes of a child, where everything is bigger, more mysterious, and more frightening.

Kids who love this series will appreciate that Ladybug Girl and Bingo offers more suspense than some of the other books. For parents, this love letter to outdoor play can also be used as a great opportunity to reinforce messages of smart play and keeping your wits when you're in a tight spot.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important to stay close together at all times. Have you ever been separated from your parents, even for a moment? What happened? 

  • Have you ever been camping? If so, what was it like? If not, talk about the sorts of activities people do when they go camping. Which do you think are the most fun?

  • Ladybug takes careful note of things in her surroundings, which comes in handy when she thinks she's lost. Do you know what to do if you think you're lost?

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