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All About the Jungle dustjacket

All About the Jungle

by Armstrong Sperry
Illustrations by Armstrong Sperry

Random House, New York, 1959
All About Books #29

The vibrancy of the cover art of the leopard is delightful, but the endpapers and illustrations in this book are all 2-color (green and black), the style of this series, depicting the people, animals, and vegetation living in jungles all around the planet, including maps he also drew.

From the dustjacket:

For centuries, the jungle has cast a strange spell over men. They have been fascinated by its luxuriant plant growth, amazed by its strange animals, frightened by its constant dangers, and caught up in its mysterious rhythm.

In All About the Jungle, Armstrong Sperry takes you on a journey to the Rain Forests of the world. These widely scattered jungle areas make up one-tenth of the earth's land surface.

Travel with Mr. Sperry to the great Brazilian jungle, where a spider can be big enough to catch birds, and where the red howler monkey makes the jungle ring with his cries.

Visit the jungles of the East Indies -- the home of Asian elephants, water buffalo, peacocks, and a hundred kinds of snakes.

Journey to the Belgian Congo, to the mysterious depths of the Ituri Rain Forest. Learn the customs of the four-foot Pygmies and the tall Mangbetu tribesmen.

Surviving in the jungle is a science, which the natives have had to learn. Mr. Sperry explains how an outsider, too, can learn to survive in the jungle.

Mr. Sperry has written and illustrated a thrilling book about the plants, animals, and people of the world's jungles.

ARMSTRONG SPERRY is the author and illustrator of another Allabout Book -- All About the Arctic and Antarctic. The Booklist of the American Library Association describes that book as "an informative general introduction to these two regions. . . . Readable and useful." Junior Libraries says says of it: "Well written and accurate, it includes information on geography, weather conditions, early and current explorations, and birds, land and sea animals. Recommended."

Mr. Sperry's interest in remote parts of the world has taken him on many far-ranging trips. For two years, he traveled the length and breadth of the Pacific Ocean, living among natives of many tribes. He also served as assistant ethnologist on a scientific expedition to the South Seas, traveling in a four-masted schooner along the same route taken by Captain James Cook in 1769.

Among the books written and illustrated by Mr. Sperry are three Landmark Books -- Captain Cook Explores the South Seas, John Paul Jones, and The Voyages of Christopher Columbus. His book Call It Courage was awarded the Newbery Medal.

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