The Grouchy Ladybug
Eric Carle
Picture and Story by Lynn Collins


The Grouchy Ladybug


    Once 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)...

    Yellow Jacket
       Stag Beetle
          Praying Mantis
             Sparrow
                Lobster
                   Skunk
                      Boa Constrictor
                         Hyena
                            Gorilla
                                 Rhinoceros
                                    Elephant
                                                         Whale
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?






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