Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Fun sequel shows compromise beats conflict at playground.

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Educational Value

Kids will learn about playing at the playground, making friends, and working together to invent games.

Positive Messages

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy brings positive messages about playing with friends, teamwork, imagination, and compromise.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simple but very relatable. Adults are present and engaged, and kids are realistically working on impulse control, sharing, and cooperation.

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What 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.

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What's the story?

This sequel to Ladybug Girl finds Lulu at the playground looking for something to do. Friend Sam is game for some playtime, but they have different ideas -- he doesn't want to play princess, and she doesn't feel like digging in the sand. Ladybug Girl has to come up with games that make them both happy; her imagination comes in handy once again as LADYBUG GIRL AND BUMBLEBEE BOY find plenty of fun adventures.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it's more fun to play with friends or to play alone. What's different when you play with your friends?

  • Ladybug Girl and Sam like to pretend that everyday objects are exciting and fun. What sort of things do you like to pretend?

  • Ladybug Girl and Sam compromise on what game to play. Have you and a friend started out disagreeing but been able to figure out something you both wanted to do?  What was it? Did you both have fun?

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