Item description for Passport Into the Wild by Jack Hanna & Rick A. Prebeg...
Overview Presents an introduction to the seven continents, with a compilation of unusual facts about the animals, terrain, and people of each continent.
Grab your passport and travel into the wilds of the world with Jungle Jack Hanna!
Super adventurous and highly educational, Passport into the Wild takes readers on a realistic exploration of all seven continents and the animals that live there. Jungle Jack fills all eight double gatefolds with photos, fun animal facts, and first-hand accounts of adventures with these animals in the wild. Readers will explore the terrain, meet the people, and come face-to-face with the animals that inhabit each continent. This unique format also includes a passport for readers with stickers from each continent to remind them of the animals theyve encountered in their journeys.
"Jungle Jack" Hanna is the worlds best-known animal expert and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo. Jack has appeared on national television for well over twenty years, educating and generating wildlife enthusiasm on programs such as Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, Ellen, and many others. His own wildlife television series include Jack Hannas Animal Adventures, one of the longest running syndicated wildlife series in television history, and his latest series Jack Hannas Into the Wild, which is now honored with the prestigious Emmy award.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.5" Width: 10.6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1400311381 ISBN13 9781400311385
Availability 0 units.
More About Jack Hanna & Rick A. Prebeg
Jack Hanna is an award-winning television personality, global adventurer, wildlife expert, and passionate storyteller. He has won three Emmy awards for his show "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild," and along with his Saturday morning show, "Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown," he has more than three million weekly television viewers. Jack Hanna also serves as the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, a Good Morning America Animal Correspondent, and a featured wildlife guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Reviews - What do customers think about Passport Into the Wild?
A nice book, but could be more detailed Dec 18, 2008
The book is absolutely beautiful, yet it left much to be desired. It simply was not detailed enough. It covered different animals around the world and yet didn't give a whole lot of information. For those of you who have young children (6 and under) like me, the book is VERY entrancing. Yet for those of you who were looking for a more detailed book on these animals depicted, I suggest you look elsewhere.
That being said, the book has much character. It has bright, vibrant pages that are supposed to look like a notebook (and they do a good job between having a solid binding yet also showing the "strings" of the book). It has amazing photos and is really a wonderful book, but it just seemed like the "character" of it didn't fit the detail for the age group who would be interested.
An ok book Dec 18, 2008
This was a tough one to review because we had such a mediocre reaction to the book. It has some nice pictures and interesting facts, but overall, the "passport" concept was entirely missed by my 4 year old. If you are looking for a pop-up book with fabulous pictures, try "Predators" (but be aware those pop-ups are too intricate for young children).
Definitely for older readers Nov 26, 2008
I got this book, thinking my animal crazy almost 6 year old would be all over it. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case. While I love the interactive and tactile nature of the book (pockets, and flaps, and a passport to complete as you journey through the book), it requires an older attention span and reading ability. The 9-12 year old recommendation on this book, therefore seems appropriate and I should have heeded it. For my son to use this book, would require active reading by me and help in the interactive qualities; therefore, if you approached it with that in mind, I think it could provide rich rewards for you and your younger children. Without that guidance, this book has been left languishing on his shelf after a precursory skim through upon its first arrival. I look forward, however, to pulling this one out in about 2 years-- I think at 8 he will appreciate it greatly.
Fun, glossy book for kids Nov 20, 2008
This is a big, glossy, beautifully photographed book that is designed to look like a travel log/scrap book. Each continent is featured and given a fold-out page chock full of little facts, personal travel tidbits by Jack Hanna, and pictures of indigenous peoples and animals. There is also a stab at interactivity with a "passport" and stamps and stickers to fill as you visit each continent.
It isn't by any means an exhaustive look at people, animals and regions. In many ways if just scratches the surface. But the presentation is very slick and is a nice introduction to the basics of world geography (very, very basic) and the wonders that could be found traveling to different places. My 5 year old really enjoyed it. My 9 year old liked flipping through the pages, but his interest wasn't as keen.
Great Gift Idea Nov 19, 2008
If you are looking for an animal book gift that will be fun, let me suggest "Passport into the Wild". Colorful and big, my kids (boy and girl: currently 6 and 8] began the fight for it as soon as it was out of the box. The reason for their enthusiasm is that the book's appearance. It grabs your attention with it's bright montage cover that shows binoculars, map, wildlife and compass. You can't help but get the feeling that a safari adventure is just waiting around the corner for you.
That impression is strengthened when you open the book and discover the pocket which holds a "passport", stamps and stickers. Which brings up one of the books minuses: only one passport. Which in a family of more than on child can frequently mean yelling and shouting... and someone(s) ending up unhappy
In any case, succeeding pages never loose their charm as Kids love books with open-out pages and pictures of animals and people from far away lands. Children also love stickers and the I-Spy element of finding and matching stickers with critters.
"Passport to the Wild" has fabulous photos. Next to most of them are "Jungle Jack Facts". It's a brief snippet information that gives a bit of insight into the animal or persons life. For example we are told that "[P]enguins can take short naps under water!" And in another section we are told how to tell a leopard from a cheetah.
Jack's own personal observations are given throughout and look like he wrote them himself. He has chosen a personal, chatty style which I think is quite appealing. He writes for example, "Africa is my absolute favorite continent to visit! I've been there over fifty times, and I still continue to be amazed by the number of unique animals, terrain, and cultures of Africa."
Because of the font, and the reading level, this is primarily a book for adults and children to share. The stickers and the passport help to maintain their focus and learn.
And certainly I would recommend sitting and sharing with any child that is rough on books. The fold-out pages are sturdier than normal, but I know how kids can get in a hurry and accidentally rip things.
After you have been through the book a few times, children will enjoy going through it by themselves. The age range this book might appeal to is kindergartner thru fourth or fifth grade.
3.5 Stars -- Oddly enough I wouldn't necessarily recommend Passport in the Wild as a book for the home shelves. With only one "passport" it's bound to stir up trouble in a multiple kid-household. It would however make an excellent birthday or holiday gift.
Pam T mom and reviewer for booksforkids-reviews.com