by Carnivorous Plants
Kathleen J. Honda
& Makoto Honda
Copyright (c) 2014 by Kathleen J. Honda & Makoto Honda.
All Rights Reserved.
Plants Juvenile Literature"
Black&White Photo Edition - 6 x 9 (48 pages)
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Kindle Edition - color digital book
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This is a natural science book for a young audience,
7-9 (grades 2-4),
on the subject of carnivorous plants.
These are unique plants found in bogs and swamps. The soils
where they grow are very poor in nutrition. In order to survive in these hostile
environments, some plants have acquired an ability to catch and digest insects
and other small bugs. There are over
700 kinds of
flowering plants that possess this meat-eating habit. These plants are
collectively known as carnivorous plants because of their unique lifestyle.
Carnivorous plants are found worldwide. Some grow widely while some are
restricted to a small area. For instance, Venus flytraps grow wild only in
coastal North & South Carolina in the United States. There are four major types
of traps used by carnivorous plants: Snap trap (Venus flytrap), pitfalls
(pitcher plants/cobra plant), flypaper traps (sundews/butterworts),
and suction traps (bladderworts). You will learn each of these trapping
mechanisms as you read along. Just as plants need to attract pollinators to
their flowers, carnivorous plants need to attract prey to their deadly traps. In
order to achieve this, many carnivorous plants disguise their traps with
brilliant colors and sweet nectar, just like real flowers. Often, this trick is
so effective that insects visit the trap in the same manner they do flowers, and
are captured and eaten! Did you know that you have to touch Venus flytrap's
trigger hair, not once, but twice to close the trap? Venus flytraps catch and
eat only large, worthy bugs, and tiny bugs are let go. How many times do you
think you can trick a Venus flytrap's trap with your finger before it stops
responding? All these and more are described in detail in the book. This is an
informative natural science book filled with many vivid images accompanying the
text. This book takes you to the natural habitats of North America where many
carnivorous plants grow wild. This is a good reference book for a school science
Eaten Alive by Carnivorous Plants by Kathleen J. Honda and
Makoto Honda is an educational book for kids from grades 2-4 that tells them
in detail about the existence of carnivorous plants. These plants are found
worldwide and they lead a unique lifestyle. The different ways of trapping
insects are explained in the book which also elaborates on the trapping
mechanism. The book takes you to North America where many of these
carnivorous plants grow wild. The written matter is supported by beautiful
color pictures that make it more interesting to young readers. There are
around 600 flowering plants that have meat eating habits.
It is an excellent book that is packed with information and can be kept in
libraries for reference and science projects. It is interesting not only for
kids, but also for adults. The pictures complement the book, making it
colorful and appealing to kids. I enjoyed reading about the four different
types of carnivorous plants. The descriptions are detailed and the pictures
are indicative of how an insect views the plant. The writing style is easy
for kids to understand. The book told me a lot about carnivorous plants. It
is quite interesting to learn that these plants can be grown at home. And it
is also amazing to learn how these plants with beautiful and delicate
flowers actually trap creatures and eat them.I thoroughly enjoyed reading
this. Very useful and informative.
Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
We wrote this book to introduce a young audience to the
wonder of the natural world. Everybody assumes that plants are to be eaten
by animals. We only think of man-eating trees in the movies and cartoons.
But there are, indeed, plants in this world that catch and eat small animals
for nourishment. These meat-hungry plants are called "carnivorous plants."
One of the greatest naturalists of our times, Charles Darwin, published a
book "Insectivorous Plants" in 1875. The title means "insect-eating." In the
history of botany, Darwin was one of the first to demonstrate --- with
convincing evidence --- that some plants had been adapted to the carnivorous
habit. Since the diet of these plants are not restricted to "insects", but
also includes spiders and other small creatures, the term "carnivorous
plants" is more general and appropriate.
Eaten Alive by Carnivorous
Plants - Juvenile Literature (grades 2-4 / ages 7-9)
Copyright (c) 2014 by Kathleen J. Honda & Makoto Honda. All Rights Reserved.
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