“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Ladybug Girl at the Beach, written and illustrated by David Soman and Jackie Davis, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, c. 2010.
Lexile Level: 710
Synopsis: Ladybug Girl is thrilled to be at the beach, until she realizes how big and scary the ocean is. After a day of avoiding the ocean, Ladybug Girl bravely ventures in to retrieve her drifting sand pail and finds that it is a wonderful place after all.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This story has a basic plot structure that could be used as a model of how stories have a beginning, middle, and end. It also demonstrates the problem and solution model. Students could look closely at the character of Ladybug Girl to see the events that cause her to be afraid of the ocean and the events that lead her to put those fears aside.
Common Core Connection:
2.RL.3. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
2.RI.5. Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.