Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World

This is the latest book I have received in the Thomas Nelson book review blogger program. Overall, I thought it was pretty enjoyable. My two year old wasn't very interested but my five year old was. The book covers thirty different animals and tells interesting facts about each one. The pages are laid out nicely with photographs information about their habitat and behavior. My two year enjoyed seeing the baboon's butt and learning that the baby wallaby poos and pees inside of his mother's pouch.

The descriptions are brief enough to keep the interest of a five year old, too long for a two year old, and probably too short for older children. It's not the type of book a person should grab for a research paper.

I found the DVD less impressive. It's a collection of bloopers and not very funny ones. There were a few good scenes with the animals but for such a short DVD far too much time was spent talking about how Jack Hannah has trouble walking and talking at the same time.

Thomas Nelson is a Christian book publisher and there are references to God within the book as creator. There are no references to Jesus. The book generally refers to God as the one who gave the animals certain characteristics. It doesn't address the issue of evolution directly however it does speak of some species of animals being more closely related to other species which suggests some type of macro-evolution. But, I think that most could use the book without much problem. 

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