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Article Title

What the Ladybug Heard Next

Keywords

Dependable, Primary, Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks, Mystery, Stories In Rhyme, Ladybugs, Domestic Animals, Farm, Barnyard, Animal Sounds, Robbers And Outlaws

Document Type

Book Review

Abstract

With the fat red hen’s eggs disappearing, the heroic ladybug is back to defend the barnyard. The ladybug overhears the plan of robbers Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh to sneak onto the farm to steal the hen and get rich by selling her eggs. Working together, the animals hatch a plan to trick them. The hen persuades the dimwitted duo to search for the downy duck instead, toting the duck’s larger size and eggs as bait. Eventually the trail leads to goose who claims that the imaginary Snuggly Snerd, hiding in the compost heap, has the hugest eggs of all. By the time Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh emerge from the slimy pit, they know they’ve been hoodwinked, but it’s too late—the noisy animals have alarmed the farmer.

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