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 asleep.
When Liana the ladybug woke up, there were hundreds
of bees buzzing all around her. They didn’t want her on their hive. One big bee flew up to her and put his stinger out.
Liana was so scared. She didn’t want the big bee to sting her, so she flew away quickly, flying right through the mob
of angry bees. She didn’t stop until she’d reached a fragrant rose garden.
Liana fluttered down onto a pretty pink rose.
The bees hadn’t 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. He’d 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 spider’s hairy leg came onto the soft pink petals. Liana flew straight
up into the air and out of the spider’s reach. He’d almost caught her. She looked down at the creature. It was
now sitting in the middle of the rose; it’s 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 she’d 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 hadn’t
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 milkweed.