Children's Literature - Cheryl PetersonVenus flytraps grow naturally in watery boggy soil that has almost no nitrogen. They trap tiny animals and eat the soft parts of their bodies to get the nitrogen they need. These are some of the fascinating facts about this rare carnivorous plant that will captivate readers. Interesting, colorful photographs accompany an easy-to-read text. An adult guide for interactive reading and a glossary are included.
School Library JournalGr 2-4-An introduction to the carnivorous plant. Six short chapters with a full-color photograph or illustration on each page describe in clear, simple sentences its growth, "feeding," and reproduction. The final chapter touches on Venus flytraps as house plants, with a warning that some offered for sale may have been stolen from the wild. The high-quality photographs are well placed and illuminate the text. A map indicates where the plants grow. "A Note to Adults" offers suggestions for sharing the book with children, including possible activities. Nathan Aaseng's Meat-Eating Plants (Enslow, 1996) also offers information on carnivorous plants, but Kudlinski's title is more specific and for younger readers.-Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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