Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat (Paperback)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781442435957, 112pp.
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
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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.
About the Author
Elanna Allen lives in New York with her husband and sons, where she writes and illustrates children’s books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at ElannaAllen.com.
Praise For Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat…
“In this third in a series of Australian imports starring this appealing, inventive child, Violet turns her attention to small creatures…. The death of animals, whether through accidents or of natural causes, often weighs heavily on children, and this deceptively simple early chapter book takes such concerns seriously without getting stuck there…. Readers who met Violet earlier will feel right at home. Still, this sweet family story stands alone and should attract new fans.”
“In this beginning chapter book, seven-year-old Violet Mackerel has a soft spot for Small Things, being one herself…. The sweet and whimsical nature of the story will appeal to many readers."
“The ever-curious, often-pensive, imminently imaginative Violet Mackerel is considering the natural habitats of ladybugs and sparrows and little sisters…. Violet’s sweetness and [her older sister] Nicola’s humble patience make for an endearing story of sibling relations in this third book in the Violet Mackerel series.”