Jungle Jack's Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World [NOOK Book]

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A wacky, wild, and weird look at animals through the eyes of Jungle Jack Hanna!

Have you ever seen a naked mole rat? Do you know what a binturong is? Do you know what kind of bird has a deadly kick? Explore the world’s wackiest, wildest, and weirdest animals with expert and host Jungle Jack Hanna. The book features thirty animals that are wacky, weird, or wild. Kids will learn amazing animal facts and stories of Jungle Jack's personal adventures with some of these unique ...

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Overview

A wacky, wild, and weird look at animals through the eyes of Jungle Jack Hanna!

Have you ever seen a naked mole rat? Do you know what a binturong is? Do you know what kind of bird has a deadly kick? Explore the world’s wackiest, wildest, and weirdest animals with expert and host Jungle Jack Hanna. The book features thirty animals that are wacky, weird, or wild. Kids will learn amazing animal facts and stories of Jungle Jack's personal adventures with some of these unique creatures. The book includes a bonus DVD with hilarious bloopers from his Emmy award-winning show, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and other shows from his career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418580704
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Hanna is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo. In addition to writing award-winning children's books, he also hosts the Emmy-award winning, Into the Wild show. He and his animals are frequent and favoriteguests of David Letterman and Larry King.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Love it

    Best kids book ever!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Really stupid

    I bought sample cause broke, and only one and a half page of info!? Super stupid that in sample cuts you of right in middle of 1/2 page sample! How stupid and worthless why bother buying it ir the sample?!

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    What a Book! :)

    The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World is a fascinating book with colorful photos and interesting facts. The book also includes a dvd, it only has the bloopers and blunders from both the old and new Jack Hanna show's ,which are pretty funny and give some facts about the different things Jack Hanna has done. The book gives different facts and little fast facts over the pictures of the animals. The pictures in this book make it interesting for young children and the facts are still interesting for older children from age nine to ninety-nine. The pictures also make the book more interesting and sometimes give you a good laugh. To be good to its name, the book gives why the animal is wacky, or wild, or weird. They also tell what the animals habit is, the food they eat, and how much they weigh.
    There is also a glossary in the back to explain different facts and terms.

    The book was well written and fun to read and to learn by. It is expescially good for younger children to early teens. If you are looking for a book about animals that is educational and fun to read, I would highly suggest this wacky,wild,weird book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    Terrific for kids!

    This book has wonderful, colorful photography of the animals. Jack Hanna makes it fascinating and fun---even for adults. It's written in an easy style, suitable for early readers. My first grade granddaugher really loved it---and she laughed & enjoyed the accompanying CD. The only improvement I think would have helped, would have been phonetic spelling of some of the names and terms. But it's a thoroughy fun book to sit down and enjoy with your young ones!

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    A Case of the Wackiest

    A Case of the Wackiest

    They are not only wacky but also wild and weird! Yes, it could describe some of the folks we know, but it also is true about the animals in Jack Hanna's delightful new book, The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World.

    Which animal licks it's own ears? (No, it is not Uncle Bertie.) Which smells like popcorn? (Now that would stir up a theatre crowd!) You'll have to read Wackiest to find out!

    Did you know that the emperor penguin can stay underwater for up to twenty minutes at a time?
    Or that a platypus has a venomous spur near its back leg, and can use it, while a wallaby weighs less than a paper clip when it's born? Me neither.

    This book is full of such delightful facts. If that weren't enough to sell you on it, it comes with a DVD of blunders, bloopers and behind the scene action. It is a sure crowdpleaser. I suppose you could say the book is for children, but I think it's highly entertaining for all age groups. Try out that DVD at your next boring party. Watch the crowd loosen up, laugh and enjoy themselves while Jack and his animals cavort across the screen! Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    Not what I expected

    After waiting to receive the book when it came in stock, my 4year old cousin was disappointed. We had a tough time getting the DVD out of the plastic and then it didn't work. The pages started to separate from the book. Was disappointed with the amount of animals it showed. Returned the book and bought a book that held her interest

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    Terrific Book - Ditch the DVD

    This has got to be one of the best animal books for kids that I've ever seen. Geared toward early and middle readers, WACKIEST WILDEST WEIRDEST is chock full of interesting information and colorful, up-close photographs of some strange and/or ferocious creatures. Thirty animals are spotlighted starting with the blue-footed booby and ending with the naked mole rat. Each featured animal is presented with several different photos, general information about the animal's description, habitat, and diet, as well as specific details regarding why they are included among the world's wackiest, wildest, or weirdest animals. Included are land animals, sea creatures, birds, reptiles and even insects.

    Both of the kids at my house thoroughly enjoy looking at this book and have already spent a good deal of time ooohing, aaahing, and ew-yukking over its pages. And speaking of pages, the book is printed on a nice heavy stock, almost a light cardboard, which will resist tearing during the multiple reads it's sure to endure. There's also a nice glossary at the back defining such terms as "tragelaphid" (a spiral-horned antelope) and "macropod" ( a type of marsupial, literally meaning "big feet").

    My only criticism, and what keeps me from giving this a full 5-star rating, is that the DVD which is included was a BIG disappointment. It has bloopers from Jack Hanna's Into the Wild and, unfortunately, it was pretty boring. The situations weren't very funny, especially to young kids. I would have expected to see a lot of animal action in a DVD accompanying this kind of book, but this one was peopled with, well, people! My 5-year-old niece exclaimed "I want to see animals! Where are the animals?" That sums up my thoughts on the DVD.

    The book itself is great, though. I have to admit to eagerly sneaking off with it one night so that I could look through it in peace! I would not let the disappointing DVD prevent me from purchasing this book. I only mention it because it was included with the book and promoted on the cover. If there had been no DVD at all, I would have rated this book 5 stars.

    So, bottom line - I highly recommend THE WACKIEST WILDEST WEIRDEST ANIMALS IN THE WORLD. You can use the DVD as a coaster.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Wonderful Educational Book

    I recently read Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna. I have to say it was a fabulous, entertaining piece of non-fiction. My husband and I sat for hours reading through the book and discussing all the interesting facts about each unique animal. I loved how educational it was. There were animals in this book that I have never even heard of, let alone seen pictures and know details about. This is a great book for children to read because they will really enjoy all the fun facts about these strange animals.

    The book is organized by putting a different animal on each page. Each page contains pictures of the animal and neat facts and trivia. I found the layout and structure of the book to be very easy to follow and very read friendly to children. I have a baby at home so I don't get a lot of time to sit and read uninterrupted but I was able to stop when I finished reading about one animal and pick up where I left off next time. This will again keep children interested in reading because they can easily follow through the book and pick which animals they feel like reading about.

    I really enjoyed the pictures in the book. They were colorful and detailed. I have never seen a picture of a Naked Mole Rat and I loved seeing how ugly they are. There were a couple of pictures that I would have liked to be more focused and detailed. I am terrified of snakes and the picture of the anaconda gave me goosebumps.

    Jack Hanna wrote an educational, interesting, and surprising book that will fascinate children and adults alike. I was extremely pleased with this book and recommend to all animal lovers. Hanna really found some wacky, wild, and weird animals to share with us.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

    a really fun, educational book

    With a title like that, my daughters - aged 4 and 8 - couldn't wait to grab it out of my hands and discover the gems of information hidden inside. The youngest loved the bright colours and beautiful big photos of animals and birds. The eldest couldn't wait to go on a treasure hunt to find the answers to the questions on the back of the book - Which animal can lick its own ears ? Which animal smells like popcorn ? Which animal can run as fast backwards as it can forwards ? Which animal can stick its tongue out 100 times a minute ? And, as is to be expected from a book targetting this age group, it has just the right degree of ewww - factor : Which animal eats regurgitated seafood for dinner ?

    I shared an enjoyable hour looking at the pictures and reading the texts with my daughters and we all discovered some interesting and surprising facts about animals and birds, including some we'd never heard of, like the blue footed booby (it's a bird!). There are also much better known animals though, they're not all obscure ones ! Despite having read it cover to cover in the first sitting, my eldest daughter is still enjoying dipping into it from time to time to rediscover a little nugget of information ! I've had lots of "Mum, did you know ... ?" moments this week !!

    The only slight letdown was the accompanying DVD. Having really loved the book, both girls wanted to sit down and watch it straight away, so we did. Judging by the content of the book, I was expecting some great animal footage but it focused instead on the presenter Jungle Jack Hanna and his various mishaps over his long TV career. Here in Europe, we've never heard of him so the girls didn't find it very interesting - they soon got bored and went back to flicking through the book instead. Which has got to be a good sign if kids choose reading over TV in this day and age !! I'd highly recommend it as a really fun, educational book.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Jungle Jack Hanna

    Jungle Jack Hanna
    The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World
    isbn 9781400311408

    If you say "Jack Hanna", your friends automatically think of animals. When I saw the previews for this book, I just had to have it. The fact that it was a book and a DVD? I couldn't wait to hit the "send it to me" button.

    Once I received the package, both the book and the DVD stood up to my expectations. The book was great. Thirty two pages of knowledge about some very unique animals, with some really great full color pictures of each animal. There is one large picture and one to three smaller pictures of each animal on its page.

    I love the caption "What Makes Them Wacky" for each animal, since it shows how unique the animal truly is. It provides good basic knowledge about the animal, as well as some in-depth knowledge about it. The information is interesting and informative without being so scholarly or technical that it is difficult to understand. The glossary at the end of the book makes it easy for children to find out what some of the words that they're not likely to know actually mean, and makes the book much more educational, as well as entertaining.

    The only problem that I had was with the DVD case. It's attached to the inside of the front cover, and it's so small and tight that you end up ripping the DVD, case and all, out of the book, and the little DVD holder falls apart. It didn't damage the book or the DVD, but it's much easier to lose the DVD when it's floating around loose and is no longer attached to the book. The content of the DVD seemed to be dated, because it was compiled from years of shows, but if you like the show and are interested in its history and the bloopers, you may love the DVD.

    I am a Thomas Nelson reviewer and blogger.
    http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    What a great book!

    Yesterday the UPS man dropped off a package on my front porch. I was excited to tear into it & find this book. The shiny, colorful hardback was well received by my whole family. We were all anxious to read through the book and watch the DVD of bloopers from Jack Hanna's wildlife TV show. Neither the book or the DVD left us disappointed!

    Each double page spread includes vivid, crisp pictures of a different animal and all sorts of interesting information about it. Did you know that a sloth only poops once a week? Did you know that a baboon's bright red bottom is actually a thick callous (read: seat-cushion!) and not bare skin? Did you know that a hyena "laughs" when it's afraid...and that is a warning signal to RUN! I bet you didn't know that a platypus is venomous! These were some of my kids' favorite details.

    The DVD was about 20 minutes long and included vintage clips from the show's early years as well as more recent ones. It was very funny to watch.

    All in all, I was quite pleased with this book! I am a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger. You can find out more about that here: http://brb.thomasnelson.com/

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    Love It!

    I recently had the opportunity to review Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and I'm so happy that I did! I have quite the collection of books started for my grandkids, and anything about animals is always welcome! My Granddaughter absolutely loves reading about animals. She enjoys saying the names of the animals as we read and says the sound they make as well! I know she'll absolutely love this book!

    My favorite part about this book was how big it was and how colorful the pictures were. I guess I had expected it to be a bit smaller....so I was both surprised and thankful when I got it in the mail and realized that it was larger! The pictures are perfect for little ones and the information given on each animal is very interesting as well! I would recommend this book for children of all ages. It's easier to look at with an adult for the younger children though, as the pages are paper...not hard. Overall, I'm very happy with this book and am happy to add it to my collection of books!

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Great Book!

    From the time Kaelyn was very young she's always enjoyed looking at books. As she gets older and adds more words and phrases to her vocabulary, it's become an even more fun hobby for her. We find her often sitting down looking at her books...especially those which include animals of all kinds! She LOVES animals! She likes to say the animals names, make the animal sounds and learn more about them. That's why I was thrilled to have the chance to review Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World book from Thomas Nelson Publishers!

    The minute I got it in the mail, Kaelyn snatched it from my hands and began flipping through the pages. We sat down together and read through many of the pages. We both loved the large, brightly colored pages and all of the information provided about each animal. The little tid bits given about each animal were both humerous and informative. The fact that it's a hardcover book is also appreciated. With a toddler this is a must! One of the best features about this book was the DVD it comes with. It features bloopers from Jack Hanna's show, Jack Hanna Into The Wild and others too.

    After having had the chance to review this book, I can tell you that it's definitely one people of all ages would love. I would recommend checking it out if you have an animal lover in your family!

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

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    The Wackiest Wildest Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna

    What animal hisses and can grow from 2 to 3 inches long? Would you guess that it's a snake? What animal's name means "fast tongue"? And, what animal drinks up to 50 gallons of water a day? Have fun exploring and learning cool fun facts about thirty of the wackiest, wildest and weirdest creatures on the planet.

    This book is divided into three sections: wacky, wild and weird, and it's not only fun to read with great photos but educational, located in the back is a two page glossary containing thirty-seven words.

    Have fun with your family and friends while watching the funniest blunders, bloopers and behind the scenes DVD taken from "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild" TV show.

    My children and I enjoyed reading and learning new facts about the many different animals in this book. Among our favorites were the echidna, sloth and the okapi. The Okapi looks like a giraffe, horse and zebra all in one. We are glad that we don't need to use our tongues to clean our ears. Ewww...

    I think that adding a pronunciation key to this book would have been a much needed plus. How do you pronounce the word ovoviviparous? I also would have liked to see a DVD that correlates with the book.

    This book and DVD is great for all ages to enjoy!

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Great for the Ranger Rick fan in your life

    Jack Hanna's Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals is a fun true facts book for mid range elementary schoolers (2nd to 5th grade). It profiles thirty animals--ten of the wackiest, ten of the wildest, and ten of the weirdest animals in the world. It has beautiful glossy photographs of each of the animals profiled, food, habitat and size for each, and two to three paragraphs of exciting and bizarre information.

    This is a great book for lovers of the weird and wonderful in creation. Well bound, with thick glossy pages, it will stand up well for reading and re-reading. My third grade daughter sat down and read the whole thing cover to cover the afternoon it showed up at our house. It is also be well suited for a parent to sit down and read aloud with their child. The information is too dense for an early elementary age school child (my kindergartner was bored), but the included blooper DVD will be enjoyed by both younger and older children. There is no overtly spiritual slant to the book, but there didn't need to be. And it was refreshing to find a modern naturalist book entirely free of pseudo-environmental propaganda. The book simply does a fine job broadening the knowledge base for those children who want to know how things are. Highly recommended for the fans of Ranger Rick or National Geographic Kids in your home. Four out of five stars.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

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    A great book on animals by fellow Ohioian

    I had the chance to review The Wackiest Wildest Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna and published by Thomas Nelson.

    My children love animals, any animals, particularly hippos, penguins, lions, bunnies and horses. So this book was a big hit in our house and as soon as I unpacked it they were devouring it! My oldest began reading it right away to my younger children. I love how a book that has a theme which all children love can bring peace into a house!

    I was impressed with this book as well. I particularly like books that don't focus on millions of years or evolution - none of which I found in this book. Educational is also one of my goals for books, and this hit the nail on the head. There are over 20 different animals listed in this book and you can learn about what they eat, where they live, how big they get, what makes them wild, weird or wacky and a few other neat facts about the animal. For instance did you know that the Great White Shark's skin looks rubbery but it actually feels like sandpaper? Neither did I, nor do I want to get close enough to check it out personally!

    The book is a hardback with a colorful cover and animals on it, which will grab your and your children's attention immediately. The pages are wonderfully thick, just right for the little ones in the house to be able to enjoy the book without risking ripping the pages. The pages are also very colorful, with huge pictures of the animals so you can get up close and personal to the animal. The book is not overly difficult to read so that the youngest reader with a good knowledge of phonics can grasp the words. My 7 year old read it just fine, with some help sounding out some words or names, like Chameleon.

    Also included in the book, is a DVD full of bloopers from Jack Hanna. This didn't interest my younger two as much as it did my oldest and I. There were some funny moments that made me laugh out loud. The DVD is secured in the front of the book in a plastic case that can be removed. If you order this book on a hot summer day though be prepared for the gluey tape that holds it together to become very sticky! I had to put some packing tape over the area where the DVD was secured to cover up the glue factor from the DVD. Overall though it wasn't a major drawback.

    I do recommend this book w/DVD to any parent who has children who enjoys animals or just wants their children to learn more about animals. So if your child would like to know what animal can lick it's own ears, eats regurgitated food for dinner or smells like popcorn then I suggest you get this book written by Jack Hanna, the Director Emeritus of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    "The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World" by Jack Hanna

    "Jungle Jack's The Wackiest, Wildest, and Weirdest Animals in the World" by Jack Hanna is an amazing animal book for young and old readers alike. Thirty amazing animals are listed in the book. They include some exotic ones and some well known ones. This make it easy for readers to identify animals they know with some they never heard of, reaching a nice balance as to not make the reader too bored or too intimidated by their lack of animal knowledge. Everything is broken down in easy to understand terms, and there is even a glossary in the back.

    Each animal has a page of its own. The animal's diet, location, and size are grouped together. There is also a paragraph or so on each page to say what makes each animal "weird." Fun facts are included in their own border on the page. There are even some personal anecdotes from Hanna about the animals he has encountered. To round it all off, large pictures of the animals are in the center of each page with smaller photos near the sides. Best of all, Hanna keeps God in the picture by reminding readers who created the animals in the book.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Great book!

    This is a great book for kids and adults alike. I had to pry the book away from my three year old just so I could look at it to do this review. It is pretty big so the pictures are large and of course colorful. There are 30 different animals featured. Each one has it's own page and at least one large color photograph. Every animal has basic facts listed about it such as what they eat, where the live, and how big they are. Then you can read why Jack thinks they are wild, weird, or wacky plus read a couple other fun facts about them. This is a great book for anyone interested in animals or for teaching children. My three year old loves to look at the pictures and let me tell her about the animals but I think older children would really like this book too. It would make a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    Fun & Educational Book for Kids!

    This week I had the opportunity to review a new children's book by Jack Hanna: The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World.

    As the title infers, this book features some wacky, wild, and just plain weird animals with the world's best-known animal personality... Jungle Jack Hanna!

    My oldest boy absolutely loves learning fun new facts about animals, so this is such a great book for him. It's full of some amazing, off-the-wall, and really unique facts!

    For example, did you know...

    .Unlike most fish, the puffer fish can blink its eyes and doesn't have scales?
    .Flamingos eat mud to help their digestion?
    .An ostrich has only two toes on each foot?
    .A great white shark can survive for three months without food? {yikes!}
    I would recommend this book for elementary school aged children. The pictures are large, the colors are bold, and there is some great information that the older kids would really enjoy learning. It even comes with a DVD that takes you behind the scenes with Jack Hanna animal blunders and bloopers!

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