I love the heroine in the Violet Mackerel series. She is sweet and caring with just enough spunk to make her seem like a seven-year-old. Violet Mackerel’s NaturalHabitat is the best entry in the series so far. Young Violet spies a tiny ladybug in her backyard and the little bug reminds what it’s like to be the smallest and youngest in her family. She picks up the bug, names her Gloria and places her in a jar and feeds her cheese bread. Violet soon learns that the jar is not the best habitat for a ladybug. Meanwhile, Violet’s sister, Nicola, is trying to come up with an idea for her natural-science project. Violet suggests a ladybug project and she helps her sister come up with an excellent plan. The project brings the two sisters closer together and results in a satisfying conclusion to the story.