Summertime is reading time. The Citrus County Library System starts its summer reading program today for children in grades one through six. Catch the "Razzle Dazzle Reading Circus," beginning 11 a.m., Beverly Hills Library; be part of "The Great American Parade," at 10 a.m., Coastal Region Library; see the "Manatee Puppet Show," 10 a.m., Floral City Library; be "Footloose in Florida," at 9 a.m. at the Hernando Library and enjoy "Adventures Around the World," at 10 a.m., Lakes Region Library. Preschoolers needn't be left out of the reading fun. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle uses bright primary colors, different sized pages and typeface to illustrate the story of a ladybug who gets up on the wrong side of the bed at 5 a.m. She attempts to pick a fight with a variety of bugs and animals in ever-increasing sizes.
The pages are cut and printed in proportion to the creature with which she is to pick a fight, increasing in size with each episode. In the upper corner is a small clock face that helps children follow the passing of her day. In late afternoon, she comes upon a whale and learns that being grouchy doesn't pay. At 6 p.m., she is back where she started from, a wet, tired and hungry little ladybug.
This book is suggested for children age 3 to 7, but any grumpy toddler will empathize with the ladybug and be amused by this colorful story. (The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. Paperback version published by Harper Trophy Book, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Cost $5.95.)