Everyone is worried about Ladybug, whose teacher asked her class to draw elephants. What Ladybug turned in was a mass of dark swirls. The doctor checks her hearing, and concerned adults watch her play, but no one thinks to ask Ladybug why she pictured an elephant that way. The book’s detailed, mixed media illustrations invite imaginative play that Ladybug herself would appreciate, all working toward a lesson about the importance of artistic freedom.
Michelle Anne Schingler
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