Liana the ladybug sat on a milkweed leaf. She didnít
like milkweed very much. It was prickly, and sometimes she got sticky
white sap on her feet. She wanted to find a new place, so she spread her
red wings that had big black spots on them, and flew off into the azure
She flew over a pond and looked down into it. Liana saw
some lily pads floating on top of the pondís greenish water. Some of them
had beautiful white flowers attached. Liana flew down to get a better
look. She didnít see the big, olive green, spotted frog, sitting behind
one of the lilies. "CROAK!" it said loudly.
Liana the ladybug was just about to land on the lily
pad when she heard the frog. Quickly she darted up into the sky. The frog
stuck out its long, sticky tongue and tried to catch her. It almost did,
but missed. Liana flew up higher, and higher, then looked down at the
frog. It drew in its tongue and let out another loud, "CROAK!"
She flew away as fast as she could. After a while her
little red wings began to get tired. She needed to rest. She landed on top
of a beehive that was hanging from a branch of an oak tree, and fell fast
When Liana the ladybug woke up, there were hundreds of
bees buzzing all around her. They didnít want her on their hive. One big
bee flew up to her and put his stinger out. Liana was so scared. She
didnít want the big bee to sting her, so she flew away quickly, flying
right through the mob of angry bees. She didnít stop until sheíd reached a
fragrant rose garden.
Liana fluttered down onto a pretty pink rose. The bees
hadnít followed her, so she thought she might stay in the rose garden for
a while. Roses have prickles, but smelled so good, and were so pretty. As
she was looking around at the different colored roses in the garden, a
large, furry, black spider climbed up the rose stem towards her. Heíd just
come from his web and was feeling very hungry. Slowly, slowly, he made his
way up the green stem, climbing over the thick thorns, heading towards the
pink petals, where the little red ladybug with black spots sat.
Liana saw something out of the corner of her eye,
moving near her. She turned around just as the spiderís hairy leg came
onto the soft pink petals. Liana flew straight up into the air and out of
the spiderís reach. Heíd almost caught her. She looked down at the
creature. It was now sitting in the middle of the rose; itís legs reaching
up towards her.
Liana the ladybug decided that maybe it would be safer
for her if she went back to the milkweed. Then she thought she might try
one more place. As she was flying, she looked down at the ground below.
There were bright orange poppies blooming, but she saw some bees and
butterflies fluttering around near them. A cluster of sunflowers looked
like little suns lying on the ground. She was about to fly down to them
when she saw a small snake slithering through the leaves.
She saw a cherry tree up ahead. She looked all around
it. There were no bees, no butterflies, no frogs, no spiders, and no
snakes. She glided down and landed on a juicy ripe cherry. It was so soft.
She could easily reach the leaves near the cherry, so sheíd have lots of
food. She took a deep breath. The cherries smelled divine.
She took a little bite of one of the cherries. It was
sweet and plump, and oh so juicy. She held her tummy and went, "Yummmmm."
She just knew that she was going to be very happy here, but no sooner had
she thought this, when a dark shadow fell upon her. She slowly raised her
eyes and saw a bluebird hovering above her. It came closer and began to
peck at the cherry she was standing on. She realized that the bird hadnít
even seen her because she was so small, and so red, just like the cherry.
Peck! Peck! Peck! Juice flew all over Liana the
ladybug. She jumped off the cherry and flew away. Liana flew back to her
milkweed leaf. Even it if was sticky, and prickly, at least she was safe
there. That night Liana slept very well. She was so tired after her
adventurous day. She dreamed happily of her life as a ladybug on a