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Hey you, good intentions, want to fight???
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2016
A book meant to teach animal characteristics, time, and manners is a book with good intentions but although I usually like the Eric Carle stuff, this one isn't a book I'd opt for again. Bought this for my daughter as a first birthday present and initially it was too long and wordy for her to keep interested. She's now 2 and actually really likes the book. Here are my thoughts:
1. The book is long but not too long for an older toddler. You can also skip some pages throughout the book to shorten it if needed for a younger child and this does not take away from the story.
2. The book has pages that get bigger with each animal the ladybug encounters in his travels. The bigger the pages get, the bigger the animal discussed. My kid seems to like the novelty of the tiny pages and transitioning to much bigger pages.
3. The board book quality is nice for little slobbery and not quite gentle hands. This book still looks brand new a year later.
4. There are tiny clocks in on the page corners that tie into the timeline in the story so you can discuss time with an older child reading this book.
5. Nice variety of animals in the book to discuss with your children.
Now the dislikes:
1. The moral of the story is that you should be nice and it gets you further in life. This is a pretty difficult concept to claw out of this book based on how the story unfolds and is definitely not something I think my kid takes away from the book at all, although she is quite young so an older child might pick up some of the cues better. (Note this book might be a good conversation starter for parents to discuss kindness and fighting topics with their child so maybe that's an advantage?)
2. I really dislike that every page is the ladybug requesting to fight someone. What a negative attitude to fully EMPHASIZE. I mean really, he asks that on EVERY page. I fear that this language becomes normalized repeating it so many times and therefore the morals being taught get lost amongst children.
3. Really repetitive writing and gets old reading out loud over and over.
4. I'd never give this as a gift for fear of being judged for thinking this book is appropriate.
Really I'm not even sure if 3 stars is appropriate or if it's too high. I'm pushing it to give it a moderate rating.