A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will learn about playing at the playground, making friends, and working together to invent games.
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy brings positive messages about playing with friends, teamwork, imagination, and compromise.
Positive Role Models
Characters are simple but very relatable. Adults are present and engaged, and kids are realistically working on impulse control, sharing, and cooperation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the picture book Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy continues the antics and adventures of Ladybug Girl. Here, Lulu is at the playground, where she learns how to balance her own wants with the wishes of others to find new ways to have fun.
Is It Any Good?
The Ladybug Girl series is a great set of books for the preschooler or kindergartener learning about imaginative play. Kids sorting out the ups and downs of playground fun will relate as Lulu struggles to resolve conflicts between her own wishes and her friend's. Parents will find these tales helpful for addressing issues of sharing, cooperation, and considerate behavior at school and on the playground. The watercolor-and-ink drawings vividly convey the urgency of these very real childhood dramas.
Plus, it never hurts to teach children how to have fun with nothing but sticks and everyday objects.
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