The Ladybug and the Ant by Carole St-Laurent

The Ladybug and the Ant by Carole St-Laurent
Publisher: Fat Cat Publishing
Genre: Childrens, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (30 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A kindred fairy-tale.

This is a story of two impossible dreams and an unsuspected friendship.

Grow wings on the back of your young ones with The Ladybug And The Ant.
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As one dreams of flying freely like a butterfly, the other, who is orphaned and lonely, wishes she could be a part of a family. Seeing that the friendship grows between the two young strangers, they’ll discover that with the help of one another, their virtually impossible dreams will come true.

It is a lesson in sharing, acceptance of one another, and complicity.

There’s more than one way to accomplish your wildest dreams.

The friendship between Coco and Peechooka was marvelous. They shared many common interests and seemed to deeply enjoy spending time together. I enjoyed reading about the various things they did to pass the time. They were good friends to each other from the very first day they met even though they both had something that the other one wanted very badly. I thought it was nice they could be friends even though they were both a little envious of what their buddy had.

It would have been helpful to have more details included in this tale. The narrator talked about what the two main characters did after they met each other in general terms, but I found it hard to imagine their adventures because none of the descriptions were specific. For example, the narrator mentioned the characters telling stories but didn’t say what they were about or how anyone reacted to them. If more attention had been paid to things like this, I would have selected a much higher rating.

The ending was well done. While this was written with a preschool audience in mind, I thought that the final scene would be just as meaningful for much older people because of what it had to say about how we should treat each other and what we should to do to chase dreams that sure seem like they’d be impossible to reach. While I can’t say much else about the end without giving away spoilers, I was pleased with how the author wrapped everything up and will be keeping an eye out for more of her works in the future.

The Ladybug and the Ant was a charming picture book I’d recommend to readers of all ages.

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