What the Ladybug Heard written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks
(Henry Holt Books for Kids) 2010
Source: Orange County Library
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two bad men that want to steal the farmer's prize cow in the dead of night. They account for several farm animals as they devise their nefarious scheme (..round the duck pond, past the hog, be careful not to wake the dog). What they don't account for is the smallest member of the farm, the ladybug. She is on to their plan and alerts her fellow farm animals. The ladybug also crafts a plan to bewilder the bad men and save the prize cow.
What The Ladybug Heard is an inventive rhyming story, written by Julia Donaldson, that will make for a terrific read-aloud with preschool and kindergarten students. There are many possible discussion points that could be pursued including how no one is too small to contribute to a group. Students could also learn from how the animals work together to help a friend. The collage illustrations by Lydia Monks are colorful and humorous. I especially liked the illustration of the bad men's plan. If you are looking for a fun read aloud, What The Ladybug Heard will be a class pleaser.