Picture and Story by Lynn Collins
there was a ladybug who was known as the Grouchy Ladybug. She got her
name from one particular day's actions.
One morning at about five o'clock, the sun came up
and two ladybugs spotted a leaf with aphids on it and thought that it
would be a yummy breakfast. Aphids are small insects that like to suck
the juice from leaves and ladybugs LOVE to eat them.
The grouchy ladybug was not very happy about sharing
the aphids with the friendly ladybug and so she told her to GO AWAY!
The friendly ladybug did not in fact go away and as a result the
grouchy ladybug insisted on fighting her for a moment and then decided
that the ladybug was not big enough for her to fight. The grouchy
ladybug flew away in search
of something bigger to fight.
The Grouchy Ladybug ran into so many other animals
that were also too small to fight. She ran into a(n)...
When she got to the whale,
he payed her no attention and simply slapped her with his tail and sent
her flying across the sea and land.
The Grouchy Ladybug landed right back where
she had started. She was on the same leaf with all of the aphids and
the friendly ladybug was still there. Once again the friendly ladybug
offered the aphids to the Grouchy Ladybug. She was so hungry that she
politely said thank you and started eating. Before too long, all of the
aphids were gone and the leaf was very happy. The ladybugs both slept
soundly on the leaf as the moon shown bright in the sky.
Critical Thinking Questions:
1. How would the story be
different if the Grouchy Ladybug were
not grouchy all the time?
2. What are some ways that we
can learn from the Grouchy Ladybug?