Blue Apple Books Review

How Things Work in the Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernest has been declared by my six year old son to be his “most favorite book of all time.” This informative children’s learning book is excellent for summer exploration as my kids love to be outdoors and exploring everything from clouds, fireflies, flowers and of course their favorite, dirt. With vivid illustrations and fascinating information presented by interesting text on every page, my children are learning about How Does a Ball Work?, How Does a Snail Work? and even How Does A Dandelion Work?

The information is presented with lots of details and facts but in a way that even small children can easily understand. I got a kick out of watching my young scientists out in the yard looking for things that they are learning about in the book and I thought it was cute to watch my six year old son explain to his younger brother, how a sprinkler works.

As children ages 4-8 get ready to enjoy summer vacation, How Things Work in the Yard is an excellent book to get them motivated to spend time outdoors exploring their world.

Are your children as fascinated by bugs as my children? If so, then Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss is a “must have” on their summer reading list. This is one of the most creative and interesting books that we have ever read together. It actually uses numbers brilliantly to make up the bugs in a series of artistic illustrations that really capture my children’s (and my own) interest. For younger children, the interactive flaps that can be opened to view the entire illustration really encouraged active participation which I appreciate. This is a book for children of all ages as my young children (ages 3 and 4) enjoy looking at the insects and my six year old son devours all of the interesting facts and finds it intriguing that the insects are created using numbers. This large, hardcover picture book has been read every single day in our home and my son has even started drawing the pictures in the book himself to bring his own images to life.

I highly recommend both of these books by Blue Apple Books. Our family reads voraciously together and I can tell you that these two books are exceptional and perfect for those hot summer days! You are invited to visit Blue Apple Books to learn more about How Things Work in the Yard and Bugs by the Numbers as well as the other books available.

*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

more by Maureen »