There was a very grouchy ladybug, who, despite its role as one of the cutest insects in the animal kingdom, is quite a ridiculous bully.
At 5:00 in the morning, the grouchy ladybug happens on a leaf loaded full of aphids, and decides to pick a fight with the friendly ladybug who is willing to share.
'Want to fight?' the grouchy ladybug screams, to which the friendly ladybug says, 'If you insist.' The grouchy ladybug doesn't expect to have someone stand up to it, and it flies off to find someone bigger to antagonize.
At 6:00 a.m., the ladybug encounters a yellow jacket, at 7:00 a.m. a stag beetle, and so on, with larger and larger animals each time. At 5:00 p.m., the grouchy ladybug meets a whale, and attempts to engage it in a fight. Getting no response, grouchy ladybug tries to pick on the whale'flippers, fin, and tail, until at 5:45 the grouchy ladybug is slapped all the way back to land.
Tired and hungry, the grouchy ladybug flies home to the aphid-covered leaf, where the friendly ladybug kindly offers the rest of the aphids for dinner.
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A little info on the iconic Eric Carle: Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children.
His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies.
Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 110 million copies of his books have sold around the world. Who says lady bugs are grouchy?