Cover image for Venus flytraps
Venus flytraps
Kudlinski, Kathleen V.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Lerner Publications Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Describes the physical characteristics of these carnivorous plants, where they live, and how they trap and digest their insect prey.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 26255.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.2 3 Quiz: 24015 Guided reading level: M.
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Central Library QK495.D76 K84 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Elma Library QK495.D76 K84 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QK495.D76 K84 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Snap!Did that plant just move?Odds are, you just saw a Venus Flytrap eat lunch.Venus flytraps are one of the only plants to eat insects and small animals.They have sensors on their leaves that tell them to snap their jaws and trap unsuspecting insects between their leaves.To understand why venus flytraps eat animals, how they grow, and more, enjoy the interesting text and fabulous photographs in this informative addition to the Early Bird Nature Books series.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. The enlarged cover photo of an insect trapped in a Venus'-flytrap sets the tone for this vivid photo-essay, which is notable for the simplicity and drama of its text as well as the clarity and power of Jerome Wexler's full-color photographs. With relatively large type, short sentences, and widely spaced lines, this volume from the Early Bird Nature Book series looks more accessible than most science books on library shelves, though vocabulary includes some difficult words that are necessary for scientific accuracy. The text explains not only how the flytrap kills small animals but also why it must do so to live in its unusual and increasingly limited habitat, the bogs of North and South Carolina. In addition, Kudlinski explains the life cycle of Venus'-flytraps and advises readers on raising them at home. Illustrated with exceptionally fine photos and a few drawings as well, the book offers a good look at an ever popular plant. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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