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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Ladybugs for Loretta by Lois Wickstrom and Francie Mion revolves around a mischievous girl who lives in a cabin up in the Colorado mountains. She loves gardening, and when she plants her garden in spring, Loretta puts empty seed packets in the wrong places to confuse the squirrels. In summer, Loretta hides the pea vines and makes jungle noises to scare away the raccoons. During the winter, she sees hundreds of ladybugs huddled together while she is collecting pine needles. Through them, she learns more about the life cycle of the ladybugs and realizes how she can make positive changes in the environment.
The story is not only fun, but also educational and informative to young readers, teaching them about ladybugs. Readers get to see how Loretta and her mother protect the ladybugs, which in turn protect their garden. The book also tells readers about where the ladybugs go during winter season. The illustrations are beautiful and lively, giving a good pace and movement to the story and the scenes, and they also capture the concept beautifully. This is a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Books are these are excellent for child readers as they gain knowledge in a fun and interactive way, making learning interesting and enjoyable. The book is also a good read because of the message it conveys about protecting the environment.