Weird Meat-Eating Plants

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A small fly buzzes around a plant with beautiful white flowers looking for a sweet snack of nectar. Slowly, the fly finds what it wants and lands on the plant's bright red leaves. Suddenly, as the fly enjoys its meal, the leaf snaps shut. The fly is trapped! The fly didn't realize it had landed on a meat-eating plant! Can you believe there are plants that eat insects? Some can even trap small rodents. Author Nathan Aaseng tells you all about these amazing meat-eating plants, from how they trap their prey to what ...

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Overview

A small fly buzzes around a plant with beautiful white flowers looking for a sweet snack of nectar. Slowly, the fly finds what it wants and lands on the plant's bright red leaves. Suddenly, as the fly enjoys its meal, the leaf snaps shut. The fly is trapped! The fly didn't realize it had landed on a meat-eating plant! Can you believe there are plants that eat insects? Some can even trap small rodents. Author Nathan Aaseng tells you all about these amazing meat-eating plants, from how they trap their prey to what they like for dinner!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
This book answers the urban myth about whether giant, people-eating plants exist and how they devour their prey. Over 600 carnivorous plants survive in moist and acid soil around the world including the popular Venus-flytrap. The three categories of plant consumption include flypaper, pitfall, and trigger, from plants, fungi, grass, and seeds. The reader may want to read the last chapter first because it contains the foundation of these species. Although the book gives the illusion of being a simple picture book, each topic turns denser, using long and complex sentences to provide accurate and descriptive information that encourages readers to discover plants on their own. Though few and far between, the dynamic photographs with colorful captions allow for a brief break from the daunting text. Generally in science books vocabulary words are boldfaced and defined in the regular text and then redefined in the glossary. The "Bizarre Science" series does not distinguish these words, so readers do not know when a word is defined in the glossary. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598452235
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Bizarre Science
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Green Monsters 4

2 Flypaper Traps 12

3 Pitfall Traps 20

4 Trigger Traps 30

5 Endless Quest for Survival 38

Chapter Notes 45

Glossary 46

Further Reading and Internet Addresses 47

Index 48

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