Liam said he thinks this book should be called, “Jack Hanna’s big book of awesomeness!”
There you have it folks! Future editor in my midst!
In all seriousness, he is right. When this book came in the mail, his eyes got as big as saucers! He soaks up information like a sponge, and loves to learn new things. Especially about flora and fauna.
Immediately I noticed how full of info this book was. I was stoked because a lot of this info, was stuff we talked about in science class year. (Liam was in 3rd grade.) So this book was a reinforcement to the lessons we did all year. But in a concise manner, full of amazing pictures!
Liam doesn’t like to read as much as he likes to be read too. This book has solved that dilemma. It breaks the information down into small sections, and places them across the pages. So instead of a bunch of text to read, it’s a little at a time. Perfect for kids who get overwhelmed at the sight of a ton of text on a page.
The pictures of the animals are phenomenal! Some of them are so darn cute, I want to reach into the book and kiss their faces! Liam does just that, by kissing all of the cute animals in the pictures. I think if we owned an animal sanctuary he would truly be in his element. (Until it came time to clean up the poop, that is!)
We learned some interesting facts too! For instance, did you know that hyenas don’t laugh because they think things are funny? They actually laugh when they are nervous or frustrated! (Apparently, according to Liam, I am part hyena!)
Did you know that snakes tongues are forked as a means of surround smell? Yes, you read that right. Snakes smell with their TONGUES!
Ever hear the phrase, “Tuck and Roll?!” Well armadillos do when they feel in danger. Predators can’t get to them as easily because they are like a bowling ball!
I learned something new about chameleons too! I always thought they changed color to adapt to their surroundings. I was only partially right! (Don’t tell my hubby!) They also change colors to cool down, or to communicate with other chameleons! And apparently to sell paint as Liam reminded me! (Commercial king lives here!)
Those pretty fish at the pet store that have to be kept alone, called Bettas. Well we learned that they can live in fresh AND salt water. Much like a bull shark!
How about this? Liam loved this one! When an oyster makes a pearl it’s similar to us getting an eye lash in our eye. For us, our eye waters and it falls out. For oysters, since they don’t produce tears, instead they cover the piece of sand with minerals. The more layers of minerals, and the longer the grain of sand is in the oyster, the bigger the pearl!
There is so much more to learn from this book. This is just info from 5 different pages! This book has 175 pages chock full of gorgeous pics and amazing information.
Whether your kid already loves animals, or if you want to spark that love for animals, this book is for you!
Retailing for $19.99, Jack Hanna’s Big Book of Why is published by Media Lab Books. Populus Brands initiated and manages the partnership between Media Lab Books for Jack Hanna.