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Hungry Plants (Step into Reading) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Batten , Paul Mirocha
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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This intriguing book in the Road to Reading series provides a sound introduction to one of children's favorite plants, the Venus flytrap, along with the sundew, pitcher plant, and the bladderwort--just a few of the 600 kinds of carnivorous plants that exist. The basic facts about the structure and behavior of these plants are presented, including the way they're designed and whether they're active or passive traps. The sundew, for example, has tentacles containing thousands of tiny sticky balls that glisten like dewdrops. An insect looking for a sip of nectar will get stuck and not be able to pull free. The harder it pulls the more glue the sundew makes. Then this passive trap becomes very active. The sticky tentacles slowly curl around the insect, squeezing it to death and digesting it with acids. In clear, concise language supported by detailed color illustrations, Batten and Mirocha have created an informative and fascinating first chapter book. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting details on plants August 7, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book along with Plants Bite Back. We had already read our library copy of the Plants Bite Back and I actually was not sure I needed another book on carniverous plants. To my surprise, this little book offers other very important and interesting details on plants that are not in the other book (which is an excellent book also).
I am glad we got this book (e.g.it explained why we shouldn't keep touching the Venus Flytrap--it probably saved the plant's life from inquisitive little hands).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book on carnivorous plants September 8, 2005
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent first book to fire up the interest of children in carnivorous plants. This is a hobby of mine, and I have an extensive collection, and am interested in conservation of their habitats.

The book talks about the major genera of carnivorous plants (although it completely skips Pinguicula, the butterworts). The full-color illustrations are beautiful and accurate. The information in the book is all factually accurate. It even briefly covers conservation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Hungry Plants! January 9, 2007
Format:Paperback
My daughter loved every page of the book. It is a learning book and does so in a very interesting way. My daughter couldn't stop saying how good this book was. I would recommend it to anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Nyx
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've got two boys (ages 4 and 7), and they both love this book. The pictures are fantastic, and the text is interesting. A great way to engage the boys when we are waiting at the doctors office or any other quite area where sitting is required. My one and only complaint... I thought the kindle was supposed to be MINE! ;-}
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating August 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one entralling book! I knew there were meat eating plants, but I never thought of them as "passive" and "active". The book is broken up in cute sections, "Gulp!" and "Slurp!" being my favorite, but the entire book keeps your interest. The drawings are quite excellent and you learn a lot just by looking at the pictures. I really enjoyed it and my little brother just loves it. A hit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational July 5, 2013
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My five year old just loves to read and is reading at a 4th grade level which makes it difficult to find books to interest her because as the older a child gets, the more questionable some of the reading becomes, but this did the trick, there were not words like: stupid, fat, dumb, but it still had a story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our 3 & 4 year old LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. July 26, 2011
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Lucas (4) and Lilah (3) request this book before nap and and bedtime every day/night. I had no idea they would like it sooo much. It's really fun to read and provides lots of interesting information. Thanks to this book, our kids know the difference between active and passive carnivorous plants, they know who Charles Darwin is and more. What a pleasant surprise this book was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge hit for the kids! June 6, 2010
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I found both the illustrations and the text fascinating enough to engage even the most recalcitrant young reader. This book should inspire the young reader to learn more. The illustrations alone are well worth the price of the book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Venus Flytrap of a Book
This book is absolutely adorable and really grabs your attention from the start! I am a huge proponent of using fiction and illustrations to help children retain scientific facts... Read more
Published 13 days ago by S.Casha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
My 3 year old loved this book so much on the kindle that he wanted to get it out of the library, too, to see the pictures on paper. It's interesting stuff!
Published 1 month ago by Cathleen M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars good books
Grate book . You should read it because it is the best plant book I've read . Good book .
Published 1 month ago by Lymari Montalvo
5.0 out of 5 stars My nearly 4 year old son adores this book!
I wasn't sure whether the age level of this book would suit him, but the information is fascinating -- he loves to pretend that he's a Venus fly try, or a sundew, and trap my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For my grandson
My grandson thanked me over and over again for buying this for him for Christmas. He truly loved it. Thanks
Published 3 months ago by Maw Maw
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting for the kids
Taught our little ones a lot about carnivorous plants. They really enjoyed the book. Would recommend for your curious readers.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written for those knowledge thirsty kids
My son read and re-read this book. It is well written and gives good background. He got it to prepare for owning his own Venus Fly Trap. He has it memorized already.
Published 3 months ago by C. Hagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!!!!!!
My son loved this book and so do I. It is education and fun. It has great facts about "Hungry Plants" !!!!! My son had read and reread this book at least 30 times.
Published 4 months ago by ConsMom07
4.0 out of 5 stars Good bit could be longer
It had allot of info which is good, but I felt like it was a little bit short .I would recommend this book to a friend.
Published 6 months ago by Mg10
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
My 2nd and 3rd graders really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. They are now trying to grow their own carnivorous garden.
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Conrad
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More About the Author

Mary Batten is an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing. Her many writing projects have taken her into tropical rainforests, astronomical observatories, scientific laboratories and medical research centers. She is the author of many nature/science books for adults and children, dozens of magazine articles and some 50 television scripts for Time-Life Films, National Geographic, Walt Disney Educational Media and others. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children's Television Workshop's 3-2-1 CONTACT series. Her newest book, HOW TO HAVE SEX IF YOU'RE NOT HUMAN: Intimate Journeys in Natural History, can be found on Kindle Books. Her other books include SEXUAL STRATEGIES: HOW FEMALES CHOOSE THEIR MATES, which The New York Times called "Fun and delightful to read, offering an abundance of fascinating facts." This book led to an appearance on OPRAH. Her children's book, ALIENS FROM EARTH: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems, won the 2006 Izaak Walton League of America Conservation Book of the Year Award and was adopted by New York City Public Schools in support of the 4th grade science requirement for study of ecosystems. Her children's book, BABY WOLF, was selected by both Scholastic and Troll Book clubs. PLEASE DON'T WAKE THE ANIMALS describes animal sleep habits. HEY DADDY! is about animal fathers and their babies. ANTHROPOLOGIST: SCIENTIST OF THE PEOPLE is about anthropologist Magdalena Hurtado who studies hunter-gatherers in South America. PLEASE DON'T WAKE THE ANIMALS describes how a variety of animals, from bats to whales, sleep. WHO HAS A BELLY BUTTON answers the child's question, "Why do I have a belly button?" Her magazine articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Modern Maturity, ASK, MUSE, Calypso Log and others. Her magazine article for Science Digest, "Sexual Choice: The Female's Newly Discovered Role," won The Newswomen's Club of New York's Front Page Award for best feature story.

She was the host of a podcast, EXPLORING NATURE WITH MARY BATTEN, on BlogTalkRadio. Shows are archived.

She is married to composer Ed Bland. They have two children: dancer/choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland and writer Robert Bland.

Website: http://www.marybatten.com
Blog: http://thinkaboutwriting.blogspot.com/
Podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/exploring-nature-with-mary-batten/



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