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A yellow bug in a world of red, Lara the Ladybird just wants to fit in.
Lara, the Yellow Ladybird
Authors – Catherine Holtzhausen,
Martha Evans, Nadene Kriel
Lara the ladybird was a special bug.
Unlike all her friends,
she had bright yellow wings.
Everyone loved her yellow wings.
Each morning,
Bibi Butterfly said hello.
And Manto Mantis
always waved.
Even Sesa, the sulky spider,
was happy to see her.
At school,
she played with lots of friends.
But Lara wanted to be like the other ladybirds.
“I wish I had
red wings like you, Mama,”
she cried.
So one day,
to cheer her up,
Lara’s mother
painted her wings bright red.
The next morning, nobody greeted Lara on her way to school.
And when she got there,
none of her friends said hello.
Lara sat all alone.
No one noticed her new red wings.
Until Miss Miya spotted her
and said:
“You’ve painted your lovely yellow wings!”
Lara’s classmates were shocked.
“Your wings are special!”
“So unique!”
“So rare!”
“Lara,” Miss Miya said,
“your yellow wings are what make you you.
Like Sipho’s spot…
and Sally’s legs.”
Back home,
Lara took a long bath
and scrubbed
until her golden wings
“I’ll never paint my wings again!”
she thought.
Except, maybe once or twice …
To try a bit of purple …
or something nice.
But not for ever
and just for fun.
Story: Catherine Holtzhausen, Martha Evans, and Nadene Kriel
Illustrator: Catherine Holtzhausen
Animation: BookBox
Narration: Avitra
Music: Rajesh Gilbert
This story has been provided for free under the CC-BY license by Pratham Books, which is a not-for-profit children's books publisher with a mission to see "A book in every child's hand". Visit and ... to know more. Artwork has been adapted from the original book while the animation, music and narration have all been done by BookBox. This story artwork is originally illustrated by Catherine Holtzhausen.
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