Cute and educational.

Summary:

When Mama told her tucked-in child "Don't let the bedbugs bite," the worries began. Mama said it was just a saying, but after she left, something pulled the little girl's hair. It was a bug in bunny slippers, holding a teddy bear. Convinced this was a bed bug, the girl went for the bug spray - only to learn that it was a ladybug looking for a warm place to sleep. 


Parent Perspective:
Overall, a cute story that "personifies" a commonly used phrase when tucking children into bed. The illustrations are cute and expressive, adding to the reader's perception of both characters' feelings. I like how they each expressed fear based on preconceived ideas (told to them by adults) and then come to their own conclusions.

If you're looking for a book that shows how fear of the unknown can appear to be anger, this is a good choice. It will work with young listeners as a bedtime story and older listeners and new readers as a story about rushing to judgment, being open to new information, and friendship.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A ladybug in pink bunny slippers? Adorable. You'll see. 

Content Awareness Factors:

The little girl's first instinct is to reach for a can of bug spray. Most children don't have easy access to chemicals, but if they buy into the "fear" of bedbugs, it may be something they search for or want.


Type of Book:
This picture book has layers that weave a story of jumping to conclusions with facts about ladybugs and friendship.
Educational Themes:

There is something for all elementary audiences, from studying the story itself to learning about ladybugs (do they hibernate?), to idioms and the meaning behind common sayings.

Both the ladybug and the little girl used what they had been told to "decide" how to act with each other. What allowed that to change? 

How is the ladybug viewed in other cultures? Is there a symbolism associated with this insect?

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is fun to read, but there are other stories likely to get re-read requests.

Title Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite
Author Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
Publisher Shenanigan Books © 2012
Illustrators John Wes Thomas
ISBN 9781934860137
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Humor
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