Lucy Lady Bird has just been republished with the most gorgeous shiny spotty cover! This beautifully illustrated picture book is great for introducing children to colours, seasons, counting and the concept that it’s great to be different.
The Story: The ladybirds tell Lucy that she doesn’t belong with them as she doesn’t have any spots. Lucy is sad but then Fred Frog gives her one of his. As the seasons progress Lucy meets a caterpillar, a fish and a bird who all give her one of their spots. When Lucy returns to the ladybirds she realises that her colourful spots still make her look different but then her ladybird friends surprise her!
Not wanting to be different to anybody else is a common feeling that younger children have but Lucy Lady Bird’s experience shows her friends that it is being different that makes us all special. The final page of this book is a wonderful pullout that shows all of Lucy’s friends sporting different coloured spots and enjoying the feeling of being unique.
Sharon King-Chai’s illustrations are beautiful and we love the bright, bold colours that she uses, especially on the spring page with its beautiful flowers. The final pullout is gorgeous to look at and shows an array of multicoloured ladybirds, butterflies and other creatures all looking very happy.
Lucy Lady Bird is a fantastic book to use in an Early Years classroom for a topic on colours, seasons and the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly (the caterpillar has changed by the end of the story). A Lucy Lady Bird wall display would really brighten up a classroom wall and children could create their own ladybirds using different coloured spot combinations. Children can practise numeracy skills by counting the ladybirds’ spots and adding the number of spots in two ladybirds together.
This is a simple colourful story which inspires a lot of learning. It would be a great addition to an Early Years classroom book box or a school library.
Age Range: 3 to 7
Author / Illustrator: Sharon King-Chai
Thank you to Templar for sending us a copy of this beautiful picture book.