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Elizabite : adventures of a carnivorous plant
Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto), 1898-1977.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Elizabite, an unusual Venus flytrap, bites everything in sight and finally wins fame by capturing a burglar.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 45863.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 1 Quiz: 20539 Guided reading level: M.

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Elizabite is a carnivorous plant who eats insects as appetizers and enjoys hotdogs for snacks. Whether it walks, talks, flies, or barks, Elizabite is ready to make a meal of it. Her cheerful, hungry smile and infinite appetite attract much attention - a scientist examines her, a professor studies her, and everyone agrees that she is one of a kind. In an effort to control her diet and her unpredictable temper, Elizabite's admirers chain and muzzle her. But not even a barbed wire fence can prevent her from following her heart's (and stomach's) desire! Only when her unique appetite prevents a crime does Elizabite win the respect she deserves. The story of Elizabite, written more than fifty years ago, keeps company with those of Curious George, Spotty, and others in the Reys' memorable cast of characters. Perhaps less well known than her compatriots, but equally well loved, Elizabite teaches the value of being oneself.

Author Notes

Hans Augusto Rey was born on September 16, 1898 in Hamburg, Germany. He escaped to Paris with his wife after the Nazi's invaded. While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Rafi and the Nine Monkeys, is little remembered today, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. Their work was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans built two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George.

The books were published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941. Curious George was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more adventures of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all. Their title Happy Halloween made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. At first, Margret's name was left off the cover because there was a glut of women already writing children's fiction. In later editions, this was corrected, and Margret now receives full credit for her role in developing the stories.

H. A. Rey died in 1977 and in 1989 Margaret Rey established the Curious George Foundation to help creative children and prevent cruelty to animals.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Since her debut in 1942, Elizabite, the carnivorous plant, has maintained her appeal and popularity with very young readers. Elizabite, created by H.A. Rey, author of Curious George, is a unique carnivorous plant who devours whatever encroaches within her space. A barbed wire fence doesn't even impede her eating. She finally earns a place of honor in the local zoo after becoming a real heroine. With exciting musical accompaniment and expressive reading, the written story takes on an added dimension of spirit, suspense, and stimulation. Listeners will identify with Elizabite, and scream with delight when Scotty loses his tail and cheer when the burglar is caught. The reading is spirited and at a pace specifically geared to fledgling readers. The rhyming format of the story intensifies a melodious tone and helps children to read, comprehend, and enjoy the story. Youngsters who experience some difficulty in reading and those whose native language is not English will benefit greatly from both oral and written presentations. For all elementary school library media centers and public library collections, this read-along program will be a valuable asset.-Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.