February 29, 2016

Carnivorous plants

Fly Traps! Plants That Bite Back
by Martin Jenkins
illustrated by David Parkins

Martin Jenkins likes watching plants eat bugs. His entertaining picture book is a good way to introduce kids to carnivorous plants like bladderworts, sundews, cobra lilies, pitcher plants, and, of course, Venus flytraps. The simple text and funny pictures will attract ages four to six.

Venus Flytraps, Bladderworts and Other Wild and Amazing Plants
by Monica Halpern

Newly independent readers will enjoy this book, especially if they like photographs. An introduction and three short chapters make reading easy, as do the simple sentences and clear explanations. Published by National Geographic, it also includes tips on how to write a report.

Carnivorous Plants
by Elaine Pascoe
photographs by Dwight Kuhn

Kids will be fascinated by the photos in this book, which often show close-ups of insects trapped in plants. Longer sentences and more detailed explanations make the book suitable for ages eight and up. A chapter devoted to raising Venus flytraps will interest kid gardeners, while the more scientific-minded will enjoy the suggested experiments.

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