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An unsuspecting fly buzzes around a clump of colorful plants in a swamp. Unaware of any danger, it lands on one of the plants. Snap! The plant’s trap snaps shut in less than a second, and the fly is now the meal of a Venus flytrap! This title explores the world of carnivorous plants that obtain nutrients by “eating” animals. From plants that act like sticky flypaper to trap their prey, to other plants that lure their victims into deep pitchers of liquid from which the animals will never escape, children will learn about a variety of plants that employ interesting techniques to capture food. From beautiful photographs of these unusual plants to high-interest, high-gross-factor facts, Meat-Eating Plants: Toothless Wonders makes learning about carnivorous plants a lively, engaging experience. The fun topic ensures that young readers will enjoy engaging in science while developing their powers of observation and critical thinking. Meat-Eating Plants: Toothless Wonders is part of Bearport’s Plant-ology series.

 
Interest Level Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF037030
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2013
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Plant-ology
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781617725890, 9781617726255, 9781617726668
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 575.9'9
Dimensions 10 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Guided Reading Level K
Lexile Reading Level 820
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 4.4
Author Ellen Lawrence
 
  • 2014 Teachers' Choice Award
  • 2014 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books

Meat-Eating Plants

“The insect doesn’t know it, but it has just made a big mistake.” Yep, that fly just got suckered by the oldest trick in the book, the Venus flytrap’s nectar. This entry in the Plant-ology series uses every inch of its wide trim to show the brilliantly colored, sticky-edged surfaces of these infamous freaks of nature. Details provided by the text and side boxes are reiterated within the glossy photos, as Lawrence works her way through the flytrap, sundew, butterwort, and pitcher plants, the last of which drowns its prey in a leafy cup. (Warning: includes terrifying picture of a rat caught in said cup.) Maps tell us where each plant can be found, and a short experiment concludes. Readers might just want one of these cool, quiet killers for themselves.

Meat-Eating Plants

“The insect doesn’t know it, but it has just made a big mistake.” Yep, that fly just got suckered by the oldest trick in the book, the Venus flytrap’s nectar. This entry in the Plant-ology series uses every inch of its wide trim to show the brilliantly colored, sticky-edged surfaces of these infamous freaks of nature. Details provided by the text and side boxes are reiterated within the glossy photos, as Lawrence works her way through the flytrap, sundew, butterwort, and pitcher plants, the last of which drowns its prey in a leafy cup. (Warning: includes terrifying picture of a rat caught in said cup.) Maps tell us where each plant can be found, and a short experiment concludes. Readers might just want one of these cool, quiet killers for themselves.

Index
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Author/Illustrator biography
Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations