The House at the End of Ladybug Lane Library Binding – Mar 13 2012
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About the Author
ELISE PRIMAVERA has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than 25 years. She has received numerous awards for her work, and in 2004 she was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book Auntie Claus has sold almost a half a million copies and inspired two sequels. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey, with her dog, Lulu, for whom she named the main character in her recent book Thumb Love.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
One night, Angelina makes a wish, and a ladybug godmother appears. However, there's a problem...she's slightly hard of hearing. "I want a pet" becomes "I want a pest" and poof - there's a pest in the house. A pest that bakes the most delicious deserts, but a pest nonetheless. On throughout the night Angelina tries to make herself understood, but the godmother just can't get it right.
The results are quite astonishing, and the illustrations (by Valeria Docampo) are phenomenal. My daughter liked picking out all of the little details (finding the ladybug, the pest, seeing what had happened, etc.).
The story boils down to how the expectations of the parents, while good-intentioned and well-meaning, may not fit the personality of the child. The child may be doing their best to comply, but just can't seem to get it right. Rather than continually criticize the child, or be frustrated because they don't meet the parents' expectations, maybe the expectations should change to suit the child.
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The moral of this book is that no matter how well meaning the parent sometimes being clean all the time can be more damaging then just letting your child be as they are a child. There is an AR test available as well for grades K-3.
In some cases I related to the parents in this book.Angelina's parents meant well for their little girl and was trying to protect her but in the end all Angelina wanted to do is be a little girl. In my life I have tried to protect my children from all sorts of things but in reading this book for children it helped me see that we can't always protect our children and that we need to let go a little so that they can become the wonderful young adults you want them to be.