The Grouchy Ladybug
Author Eric Carle
Picture and Story by Traci Walker
friendly ladybug woke up at five o' clock and discovered a leaf with
many aphids on it. A few minutes later a grouchy ladybug appeared
and also desired to eat the aphids for breakfast. The friendly
ladybug offered to share them, but the grouchy ladybug wanted to
fight. When the grouchy ladybug glared into the friendly
ladybug's eyes, he decided that the friendly ladybug was not big
enough. With feelings of anger, he flew away in search of someone
bigger to fight.
In the hours to come, he
approached a variety of insects and animals searching for a
fight. He saw a yellow jacket and asked him to fight, but after
seeing his stinger, the grouchy ladybug departed.
As each hour passed throughout the day, he
encountered a stag beetle, praying mantis, sparrow, lobster, skunk, boa
constrictor, hyena, gorilla, rhinoceros, and an elephant. At five
o'clock in the afternoon, he saw a whale, which remained his last hope
for a fight that day. However, the whale did not respond to his
badgering, so he flew away. As a last resort, he asked one of the
whale's flipper and the whale's fin for a fight. The flipper nor
the fin responded to his question, so he flew on. Finally,
he asked the whale's tail for a fight, and it slapped him back to the
leaf with the aphids on it. The grouchy lady bug was exhausted
and behaved courteously to the friendly ladybug. They shared the
aphids and went to sleep.
1. Why do you think the lady bug behaved the way that she did?
2. How would you behave if you were an animal that the grouchy
3. What is an alternative ending to the story?
4. What is the moral of this story?