Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dotsie Bug Finds Her Purpose

Dotsie Bug is a ladybug whose spots are different than those of others around her. All of them have red bodies with black spots; she has a red body with white dots. She’s different than everyone else and the other ladybugs her age make fun of her because of it. This makes her sad and makes her feel alone much of the time.

But, in Dotsie Bug Finds Her Purpose, written and illustrated by Susan Sowers, Dotsie does indeed find her purpose. When her village is attacked by a very large, mean bug, Dotsie flies into the face of danger without thinking twice about it. In the process, not only is her life is threatened, but she finds out how useful “being different” can be.

As Mr. Solomon, the wisest bug in the kingdom tells her, “God made you exactly the way he wanted, perfectly. God never makes mistakes.”

The bright, colorful, cartoon-like illustrations are perfect for the story.

What I Like: I like the illustrations; they are delightful.

What I Dislike: This is a cute little story for little kids with a good message. It shows that being different can be a very good thing. However, it’s very predictable; you can guess the ending without much trouble - - at least I did. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I just wanted to point that out.

And, I feel I need to same someone about the very end of the story. After Dotsie saves her village, she is, of course, the hero. The last line of the story reads: “The other ladybugs quit making fun of her, and she never felt alone again.” It’s not very realistic for readers to believe that Dotsie would never feel alone again in her life. The other ladybugs might no longer make fun of her, but somewhere along the line she would be bound to feel lonely again at some point in her life. I know I’m being a bit nit-picky here, but I believe a better last line would be something like this: “The other ladybugs quit making fun of her, which made her needed and important. She realized it was okay to be different.”

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2010; ISBN: 9781615669844; Paperback, $9.99.

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Special Info: The purchase of the book entitles you to a free download of the audio version of the book. Details for the download are given in the book.

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