Do you remember reading the Sneetches by Dr. Seuss? He taught us an important lesson about differences: “Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.” In his classic tale, Sneetches learn their lesson by being ripped off by Sylvester McMonkey McBean.
A similar lesson is being taught in The Green Lady Bug by Zachariah Rippee. Like the children Sneetches who won’t let Sneetches without stars play ball in the Seuss story, red ladybugs refuse to let a green ladybug play with them because she is different. The green lady bug applies the principle found in Mathew 5:44 “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you…” She saves the red lady bugs after they have been caught in a jar. This kindness gives the red lady bugs a change of heart.
This little sing-songy story has 2 great lessons for children. The first is to be kind even to those who don’t like you. The second is to treat others who are different as you the same as you would someone who was like you.
Racism and hate are causing much pain and grief in our society today. How much better our world would be if our children learned to treat everyone with kindness? I would recommend this book to be read to children as one way to help teach this to our children.