Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo

Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo

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by Betty White
     
 

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America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and New York Times-bestselling author Betty White offers intimate and funny stories about her animal friends at the zoo, enhanced by gorgeous four-color photographs.

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America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and New York Times-bestselling author Betty White offers intimate and funny stories about her animal friends at the zoo, enhanced by gorgeous four-color photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Many of us know that Betty White has numerous Emmys (seven, to be exact) and that she is the oldest person to have ever hosted Saturday Night Live, but who among us would guess that this lifelong animal lover served as the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Commissioner for eight years? In Betty and Her Friends, America's most beloved 89-year-old sexpot shares humorous, enduring stories about her buddies at the zoos. P.S. The color photographs of gorillas, giraffes, and baby animals perfectly fit the tone of White's tribute to our unconditionally loving fellow creatures.

Publishers Weekly
Actress White (If You Ask Me: (And Of Course You Won't)), a trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Associate since 1974, walks down memory lane with various animal friends. Opening with the history of zoos, White explains the important transition of zoos from collecting animals to conservation. She regales the reader with brief glimpses of tigers, giraffes, whales, gorillas, and more exotic species, such as Komodo dragons-the largest living lizards that will attack prey larger than themselves. As a patron of zoos across America, White recalls fond memories of close encounters with animals: "I found that Gita wasn't the only elephant who liked to have her tongue slapped. I couldn't help wondering where they learned that." Some of the full color photographs throughout the book are remarkable-a pair of lions resting on their backs and a Nubian ibex scaling a nearly-perpendicular wall. White mentions a number of endangered species and revels in her close association with the zookeepers who work to protect and conserve them. Light reading, to say the least, this book will appeal to animal lovers.
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Praise for If You Ask Me

"A breezy patchwork of musings on aging, acting, poker (she plays a monthly game), and pet ownership."—The New York Times

"America's favorite [nonagenarian] never fails to surprise."—USA Weekend

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399157547
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/21/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Betty White's award-winning career in television and film has spanned an impressive seven decades and has included iconic roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls". She is also widely recognized for her life-long work for animal welfare. Betty lives in Brentwood, California with her golden retriever, Pontiac.

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Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
This is really a nice photo collection. There are all sorts of photos of the animals that Betty White has come in contact with at zoos across the country. Several have the story of how Betty came in contact with the animal or what the animal means to her, or some have an experience she's shared with the animal. Just a nice, quick read.
MyFunnyDadHarryAuthor More than 1 year ago
Being an animal lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this book of fantastic photographs of animals Betty White has met and got to know in various zoos. She gives some interesting facts about the animals, shares her special one-on-one encounters she's had with many and manages to include some humor as well. The only thing I object to was that she gives "Mother Nature" credit for the animals instead of God, the creator. This book is centered around the photographs that are true works of art. Tad Motoyama, the L.A. Zoo's official photographer, gave her some of his photos that she chose to share with the world through this book. My favorite experience she shared was that she developed a bond with a baby gorilla named Lulu, and when it was older, it blew her kisses. Years later when visiting another zoo, she saw a gorilla do the same thing and mentioned that Lulu used to do that with her too. It turned out that was the same gorilla! I highly recommend this as a must read for all animal lovers--a great animal book and a fast read with no boring parts! I loved it!
Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book. Love it!
jjhmgh More than 1 year ago
Love the book. There isn't a lot of text but the pictures are so great that they speak for themselves. This book is a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my mother and she thought it was adorable and it brought a smile to her face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought as a Christmas gift and when my sister opened it, she was delighted. The pictures are great and Betty White is a entertaining person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS BOOK!!!! IT IS COMPLETELY AMAZING!!!! SO INTERESTING!!!!!! AND OF COURSE ANYTHING WITH BETTY WHITE IN IT IS JUST PURE GOLD!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU BETTY!!!!!! AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!! 1 BILLION STARS OUT OF 5 STARS!!!!
nosch74 More than 1 year ago
If you are an animal lover or a Betty White fan or both, you will enjoy this book! The pictures are FABULOUS! I really enjoyed the back story about how she came to know each animal and how the animals came to love her. She is an amazing person and has dedicated her entire life to the humane treatment of animals as well as helping to rebuild the populations of animals that are nearly extinct! I have always been somebody who is distrusting of caged animals, however, after reading this book and hearing Betty's stories, I have opened my mind a bit to see that there are some zoo locations that truly do treat the animals humanely and love them as if they are their children! Also after reading this book, I wish I could access the same spaces and achieve the same loving connections with these exotic animals! It is a very quick read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you Betty for sharing your wonderful stories of love with us!!
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My daughter had this one on her Christmas list and it was also recommended by a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy loove animals. This book looks soo good i am excited.
SpecialKayJacksonSprings More than 1 year ago
This is a 90 page book with some of the pages containing only pictures. This is Betty White telling why she enjoys zoo's and, why they are important when they are well run. She's had a deep love of animals all of her life and she will give you animals that have been saved from extinction because of zoo's. There is no denying that she has a deep love for these animals and all animals. As an animal lover from childhood myself, I learned a lot. It was a light, enjoyable read.
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If you love animals - you'll love this book. It's great for ages 9-99! Thanks for sharing your story with us Betty.
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Please don't waste your hard earned money on this...it is basically a glorified picture book. I made the mistake of purchasing it online as a gift for someone who loves Betty White. Had I had seen it in the store first, I would never have selected it. The recipient said she read through it in about 30 minutes and I ended up feeling duped.
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