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Born Hampstand to James and Elizabeth Donaldson she began her career after graduating college. Donaldson originally wanted to originally write songs for children's television. She focused solely on writing after one of her songs, A Squash and a Squeeze, was published. Along with her frequent collaborator, Axel Scheffler, they created a breakthrough success with her most famous book The Gruffalo.

Reader's Reviews

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

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What the Ladybird Heard is a tale of a small, quiet yet very clever ladybird that lives on a very noisy farm. Through all of the MOOing, HISSing, QUACKing, NEIGHing, BAAing and CLUCKing, the little ladybird discovers that two pesky robbers (Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len) have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's prize cow with a map of the farm! The ladybird then tells her farmyard friends about the ruthless robbers plan and makes their own cunning plan to trick the menacing thieves. Read it and find out more!

This story allows many opportunities for children to fully engage with the story by making animal noises and have lots of laughs. The story is made even more amazing by its rhyming format ('a fat red hen, a duck on a pond, and a goose in a pen'), use of alliteration ('a hairy hog, a handsome horse and a dainty dog') and beautiful illustrations. Oh and let's not forget the glittery ladybird to find on each page to keep readers engaged. 

This book would be perfect to use in the classroom, most effectively as a whole-class book. It is most suited for Early Years children, but could also be used in KS1. It would also be a good book to have in the book corner, as the illustrations and rhymes make it easily accessible.

See the story come to life on stage…

Parental Guidance

  • Reading age: 3+
  • Read aloud age: 4+


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