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Meat-eating plants, Nathan Aaseng

Label
Meat-eating plants
Title
Meat-eating plants
Statement of responsibility
Nathan Aaseng
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gr 3-6 These quick trips down two of the natural world's more spectacular byways will leave readers both edified and entertained. Neatly reversing the food chain's usual order, bladderworts, sundews, pitcher plants, and Venus flytraps (as well as certain vines, fungi, and seeds) have developed all sorts of ingenious methods for trapping insects and other small creatures. Aaseng reports, almost with regret, that rumors of carnivorous plants large enough to eat people are exaggerated. Nonetheless, using both common and Latin names, he enticingly describes the amazing variety of structures and strategies that these deceptively unassuming plants have evolved. A healthy sheaf of photographs (some in black and white) mixes close-ups with more distant views of the wetlands, where most of them grow. An appended taxonomic chart precedes a short but useful bibliography. Worlds or at least worldlets collide in Poynter's more theoretical excursion; though the recent violent encounter between Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter was witnessed by scientists, in general our knowledge of similar events on Earth is derived from craters, layers of sediment, sudden changes in fossil distribution, and like circumstantial evidence. Poynter discusses how that evidence is discovered and interpreted, and goes on to lay out proposed strategies some terrifically impractical for heading off a future disaster. She closes with a list of 'Near-Earth Objects' that will be hurtling by in the next 10 years. Despite some carelessness with details Aaseng's 'tiny ant' in a Venus flytrap is plainly a fly, and Poynter's partial view of the huge crater under the Yucatan is a meaningless, enhanced color jumble these titles are worth offering to casual browsers and young scientists alike. Joh
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
582/.121
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QK917
LC item number
.A2 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Weird and wacky science
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Meat-eating plants, Nathan Aaseng
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 46) and index
Control code
zcmpl0 b8046
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
48 p.
Isbn
9780894906176
Lccn
95003827 /AC
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) l95003827
  • (Sirsi) l95003827
  • 685000
Label
Meat-eating plants, Nathan Aaseng
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 46) and index
Control code
zcmpl0 b8046
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
48 p.
Isbn
9780894906176
Lccn
95003827 /AC
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) l95003827
  • (Sirsi) l95003827
  • 685000

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