The Grouchy Ladybug
Author Eric Carle
Page Designed by Joni Bozeman


    This is a story about a grouchy ladybug who tries to fight other creatures over aphids on a leaf.  The grouchy ladybug always backs down claiming that the creature is not big enough.

    At five o'clock in the morning, a grouchy ladybug challenges another ladybug to a fight over aphids on a leaf, but decides that the other ladybug is not "big enough anyway." The grouchy ladybug flies on, and each hour she meets another creature (they get larger each time) to whom she makes the challenge, "Hey you, wanna fight?" She backs down, insisting that they are not big enough, and flies on. The twelfth creature she encounters is a whale, who ultimately slaps her with his tail and sends her back to the leaf where she started. By the end, she is tired and humble.
She returns to the aphid-colored leaf.

    In the end, the grouchy ladybug gets slapped by the whale with his tail. She is sent back to her aphid-colored leaf tired and humble.

Critical Thinking Questions

Why do you think the ladybug was grouchy to everyone she met?
If you could change the ending of the story, what would it be?

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