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Book One of the Rani Adventures begins with Ron Snell's birth as the eldest child of missionary parents living in the rainforests of Peru. Colorfully depicting what it was like growing up in such surroundings, Snell has captured a wide-ranging audience ranging from homeschool children to senior citizens. "I wouldn't trade my childhood for any other," Snell writes. "ConceivBook One of the Rani Adventures begins with Ron Snell's birth as the eldest child of missionary parents living in the rainforests of Peru. Colorfully depicting what it was like growing up in such surroundings, Snell has captured a wide-ranging audience ranging from homeschool children to senior citizens. "I wouldn't trade my childhood for any other," Snell writes. "Conceived in the Amazon rainforest, I learned to walk and talk among the Machiguenga Indians who, to this day, call me "Rani." "The 'Machis' were my first babysitters and friends. From them I learned to tie a house together, eat monkeys and macaws, and make dugout canoes. They laughed at my log rides down rampaging rivers and caught exotic pets for me. Life was one great adventure after another. After all, what could be more fun than perching in thorn trees at night to escape a herd of stampeding pigs? "The Machiguengas adopted me and my family into theirs. As they touched our lives we discovered what it would cost us to touch theirs. "I hope this first book of the Rani Adventures will bring you laugher, tears and a new perspective on the old cliche: 'It's a jungle out there!' " The second edition (5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches) is larger than the first edition (4 1/4 inches by 7 inches....

Title : It's a Jungle Out There
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ISBN : 9780929292830
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 269 Pages
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It's a Jungle Out There Reviews

  • Sarah Grace
    2019-01-25 13:29

    This book. Where do I start? Ron Snell has a way with words, and that's an understatement! This was hilarious, even when the subject matter certainly wasn't, which helped to keep dark or disturbing subjects light. I chuckled out loud quite a few times while reading this! Amazing stories written in a witty, and inspiring way, this is a must read!

  • Jen
    2019-01-23 10:26

    Ok, this book brought home a few points to me.1) many little boys are monsters who carelessly hurt/kill animals because bored. In the first chapter the MC and his older brother attempted to swat a butterfly with a canoe paddle, tossed rocks at kingfishers and poked stingrays with sticks. Because bored.2) yeah, I'm NEVER going to the jungle. Parasites, amoebas, mosquitos and other biting insects, animals trying to kill and eat you on land and in water and in trees, the oppressive heat, humidity and rain, the mud, dust and lack of clean water, running water or electricity, never mind NO WIFI, just shoot me now. To a growing child, joy. To this old-fart, just NO.3) their dad was sweet, but unable to understand reality. He never gave up though. Seemed like a nice guy. God bless that wife/mom. She was a SAINT.4) natives are an interesting combo of innocence and less than stellar qualities. I'm sorry, enjoying plucking a bird before you kill and eat it is CRUEL. Not a bad book, but his memories, while a happiness for him made me give the book a "what in the world is good about that?!?" look. Different strokes and all that. I'm glad I was able to read about his experiences and equally glad they weren't mine!3 solid and interesting if not appealing to me stars. My thanks to my friend who let me borrow this book. :)

  • Victoria Lynn
    2019-01-25 13:32

    It has been a loooooooong time, but I remember L O V I N G this book and reading it 3 times. :)

  • Kristen
    2019-02-09 16:07

    I read this book while lounging in a hammock in a Caquinte village downriver from Camisea. Several Machiguengas had married into the village and I reveled in Rani's accounts of their customs and beliefs, which are quite similar to those of the Caquinte. Having ridden in a pequi-pequi for hours on end, avoided isula, played with Machiguenga children, and wandered through the wonders of the jungle, I find Rani's stories entrancing.This first book of three recounts his early years as a missionary child in the jungles of Peru. While his parents work to translate the Bible into Machiguenga, he and his brother play with their large Machiguenga "family," leave home to go to a boarding school, and experience the unique joys and sorrows of remote jungle life. Definitely a family read-aloud!

  • Judi
    2019-01-30 13:34

    This glimpse of a childhood in the jungles of Peru is related by the young boy and is very light hearted. It was surely not an easy life for his family, especially his parents, but the emphasis was not on the difficulties but on the adventuresome life of a young boy. It's an easy read and an enjoyable book, and I look forward to reading the other two books in this series.

  • Margie
    2019-01-30 09:13

    Raised in the rain forests of Peru by missionary parents, Ron Snell has put together in this book different experiences his family members had during his childhood. One of three books. A cute read.

  • John
    2019-02-06 15:20

    In this memoir -- the first of three -- Ron Snell tells about growing up as a missionary kid in the Amazonian rainforest in the 1950s and '60s along with his older brother and younger sisters. Their parents, who served with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, a branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators, were assigned to the gentle Machiguenga people, whose domain was largely in Peru.Snell and his siblings grew up under attack from tropical diseases, sustaining nighttime bites from rats and other critters, taking death-defying trips down the river on homemade canoes, taking refuge in thorn trees to avoid stampeding pigs, surviving a long and harrowing mountain journey in a Chevy carryall.They had a terrific time.The only thing they didn't seem to like was furloughs in the United States -- a strange and foreign place to them. (They did develop an appreciation for "Gilligan's Island" and "Hogan's Heroes.")The writing isn't much more than adequate, but the stories make "It's a Jungle Out There" an enjoyable and enlightening read.

  • Laura Verret
    2019-01-27 15:09

    How would you like to live the opening years of your life in a South American village where only two people outside your family speak English and practically all there is to eat is green squash? Well, that’s how Ron Snell grew up. When his parents decided to evangelize to the Machichuenga Indians, they picked up and moved the whole family to a hut on the Uramba River. There, he and his brother Terry (and later, sister Sandy) lived a rip-roaring childhood while their parents learned the Machichuengan language and worked toward educating the tribe in the Scriptures.Whether they’re riding logs down the mighty Uramba River, tromping off on wild hunts, or taunting piranhas, the Snells are always on an adventure. And now you can experience it, too!Visit The Blithering Bookster to read the rest of my review, including several humorous quotes and a few cautions.

  • The other John
    2019-01-21 14:32

    When you were a kid, did you ever daydream about growing up someplace exotic? The rough and tumble wild west? The mysterious orient? The jungles of Africa? Well, Ron Snell did grow up in a jungle. (In Peru, not Africa, but hey, a jungle's a jungle.) He was a missionary kid in the 1950s and in this book--the first volume of The Rani Adventures--he tells tales of his childhood. Unlike most (all?) missionary biographies I've read, there's a lot more humor than religion in the story. Actually, that may not be accurate. The faith of "Rani", his family, friends and neighbors is woven throughout the stories in the book. It just serves more as the foundation of his life rather than the ornamentation. Anyway, the book's a fun read and I'll have to steal this book from my kids once they're done with it.

  • Amy
    2019-02-10 15:17

    My mother read this book to my brother my sister and I when we were young as part of school (we were homeschooled). Over 12 years later I still remember this book (and the whole series) vividly. It made a lasting impression on my life and I thought about it when I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Peru in high school. Loved this book, and I don't have one bad thing to say about it.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-21 16:10

    This book is a true story about a boy that grew up in the Amazon Rain Forest. His parents were Bible translators for the Machiguenga Indians. There are three books starting when he was born to when he left to go to college. Some of the things that happened to him were really funny and we loved reading the books together as a family. :D

  • Melinda
    2019-01-23 14:14

    Having grown up in Latin America, myself, I really loved this set of stories about an American kid in Peru. (I also have a friend who grew up with him, whose dad is mentioned in one of the books, which made it doubly fun! :) ) Anyone who has spent time in a foreign country will appreciate these, I think, but the humor is good for others, as well.

  • Amy Nielson
    2019-01-31 16:13

    Ron Snell is a master storyteller. My kids were in envy & pretty much want to be him. However, the book reads more like a lecture in printed form. I'm guessing the author is a better speaker than writer.

  • Cindy
    2019-01-26 12:29

    Typical as missionary stories would go: adventure, danger, bravery, living off the land, etc. We did enjoy the stories as anyone from middle-class America would enjoy stories so foreign to our understanding.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-02 14:28

    Very interesting about the life of a missionary kid! He loved being in the jungle and had many funny and interesting adventures! Loved it!

  • Mary Chambers
    2019-02-05 12:10

    I loved these stories written by the son of a Wycliffe missionary in Peru. I got this book from the library, but I'm going to purchase this book and the other two in the Rani Adventures series.

  • Skye
    2019-01-30 13:25

    Funny writing style! Boys adventures.

  • Dawn Roberts
    2019-01-30 14:13

    Irreverently funny anecdotes of a missionary kid who was raised in the rainforests of Peru. Some harrowing, some laugh-out-loud. The last two chapters are great to read on a car trip!

  • Sam Allen
    2019-01-23 09:25

    This was an ok book at best. It was about a missionary and his family, but it was not interesting.

  • Kyle
    2019-02-01 13:30

    it was fun

  • Mary Ann
    2019-01-24 09:11

    Hilarious and fun missionary family's story.

  • Madison
    2019-01-18 09:07

    I've loved this series ever since I heard them read as a child. They're about life as a missionary kid in the jungle. Hilarious real life.

  • Esther
    2019-01-16 11:14

    Life in the jungles of Peru from a 6-9 year olds perspective with an easy going father who works in Bible translation and starting schools.

  • Arlie
    2019-01-26 10:17

    Engaging and entertaining, Snell remembers growing up in Peru while his parents worked as translators for the Machiguenga people.

  • Lizzie
    2019-02-09 11:32

    This book is insanely hilarious. I read it in junior high and I must have read it a hundred times since. Just PICK IT UP!!!!

  • Brianna
    2019-01-30 10:33

    Really good so far....=}

  • Doug Magnuson
    2019-01-27 14:27

    Re-reading this, which we read out loud as a family years ago in our home schooling program. Great story-telling. I love these books.