This book offers readers a bug's-eye view into the strange and fascinating world of carnivorous plants. From the "jaws" of the Venus flytrap to the pretty sundew plant whose delicate tentacles entrap its prey, the unique anatomy and behaviors of meat-eating plants are detailed with clear, engaging text and art.
This Level 4 entry in the "Step into Reading" series includes six chapters (no table of contents, however) with such eye-catching titles as "Slurp!," "Gotcha!," and "Sticky Fingers." Named carnivorous plants include the Venus Flytrap, and representatives of the aquatic bladderwort, pitcher plant, and sundew families. Each chapter discusses facets of these mostly insect-eating plants, how they attract, hold, and digest their hapless prey. Pictures show a variety of plants within the family and support the text with illustrations of habitat and specific insects or other animals found nearby. A mention of Charles Darwin tells how he studied sundew touch and sense of taste for twenty years before he wrote a book on the subject. No index but there's enough information here to help young report writers, or less able older ones, discuss the hows and whys of carnivorous plants as well as interest the casual browser in this fascinating botanical topic. 2004 (orig. 2000), Random House, Ages 7 to 12.