Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Grade Level: 1 – 5
Series: Violet Mackerel
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 21, 2013)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat:
Violet is back with a little bit of helpfulness and a whole lot of heart in this third book of the effervescent Violet Mackerel series.
Violet is the smallest in her family, and has a special affinity for Small Things everywhere. So when she finds a tiny ladybug in the garden, she expects she knows how it feels. It probably has to go to bed before all the others, and whenever it finds out something interesting (like that your ears keep growing all your life even when you are old), the bigger ladybugs probably say they already knew.
Violet wants to help the ladybug, so she names her Small Gloria, puts her in a jar, and feeds her cheese toast. And then Violet wakes up to a horrible surprise. But thankfully, even as Violet learns a hard lesson about natural habitats, she realizes how nice it is to share her own habitat with a big sister.
My Thoughts on Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat:
My daughter found this book just browsing through the library. We read it together and really enjoyed the story of Violet and her attempt at helping a ladybug. Of course, her help turned out to be more of a hindrance, but it was a good chance for my kids to learn about pets, nature, and leaving creatures in their natural environments.
I liked the chapter where Violet helps her sister come up with a display for the Natural Science Fair. Besides being educational, it shows that science and creativity can go together beautifully. I also liked the way the two sisters worked together to achieve something better than either one could come up with on their own.
Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat is a sweet chapter book about a girl learning about the natural world. It will appeal most strongly to girls, but boys will like it too.
Here are some of the interior pages: