SECRETS OF THE VENUS'S FLY TRAP by Jerome Wexler

SECRETS OF THE VENUS'S FLY TRAP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Without any hyped-up dramatics about these famous flesh-eating plants, Wexler shows how the Venus fly trap catches, keeps, and digests insects. He invites us to watch as unaccustomed foods are rejected and as some large morsels cause the trap to rot, and then--posing the questions we're ready to ask--explains why these things happened and how they can be avoided. There are further sections on the parts of the plant, its growth and reproduction, and an appended ""how-to"" on raising your own Venus fly trap. Photographer Wexler's text begins drily and lapses into some awkward tense shifts while he's purportedly watching events with the reader; but generally it's straightforward and clear as well as informative, and the photos document each point and stage of the process in fascinating detail.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1981
Publisher: Dodd, Mead