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It's a Jungle Out There (Second Edition) [Paperback]

Ron Snell
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June 1995 The Rani Adventures Series : Vol 1 (Book 1)
Why would someone willingly forego television, amusement parks, shopping malls, and other staples of an American childhood? For Ron Snell, whose parents are missionaries, life in the U.S.A. seems like a concentration camp compared to growing up among the Machiguenga Indians in the jungles of Peru. There, Ron, or "Rani" as the Indians call him, and his siblings learn to tie a house together, eat monkeys and macaws, and make dug-out canoes. "Life was one great adventure after another," the author declares. "After all, what could be more fun than perching in thorn trees at night to escape stampeding pigs?"

In It's a Jungle Out There!, book one in a three-book series of "Rani Adventures," Ron's life and fun times begin in this fast-paced, riotous romp through the Amazon jungle. The Machis become his first babysitters and friends who laugh at his log rides down rampaging rivers and catch exotic pets for him as he grows up truly "in the middle of nowhere," as he describes it. Some adventures include early Christmas parties with games of "pin the tail on the tapir" and the story of Matso, Rani's pet ocelot who is shipped off to a zoo after he makes feasts of neighbors' pets. A death-defying ride through the Andes in an antiquated Chevy teaches the family about God's unfailing provision in the midst of circumstances that would confound many.;

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"What a fun read! Stories from a guy with a great memory of his exotic childhood carry truths that sneak up on you when you're just reading for entertainment. Read it to your kids. Read it for yourself." -- Jerry B. Jenkins, writer-in-residence, Moody Bible Institute

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Combine one family of American missionaries and 6,000 Machiguenga Indians with the Amazon jungle of Peru and you have a dynamite recipe for adventure. Written for ages 12 through adult, It's a Jungle Out There! is a book like no other. Ron's unique sense of humor is liberally sprinkled throughout each page. Yet, while you are laughing at his many escapades, you are also experiencing the blunt realities of primitive tribal life. And you come away with the realization that missions are needed, and that the Gospel changes lives. It's a Jungle Out There! appeals to a wide market. From youth groups to home schoolers to anyone who enjoys a good tale well told, this is a book that won't spend time on your shelf.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 28 2004
As a father of MKs (missionary kids) I raised my children in a setting which was more similar to than different from the Peruvian jungle where Ron Snell grew up. We are back in the United States now, and are having a blast reading It's A Jungle Out There! as a family. The stories may seem outlandish to someone who never lived in a tribal setting, but we can believe it all!
Snell's humour is irresistable, his descriptions vivid enough to leave lasting impressions, and his love of life contagious. All of that makes the book valuable, but woven through the stories are important lessons about life too. I recommend this book highly. It surely would be an important addition to any child's bookshelf (if the child could keep it away from his/her parents!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About an MK's life July 7 2003
This is a great book. Many people would think that it could not possibly be all true, but it is. I am also a missionary kid (MK) and although I never lived in the jungle, I lived through some of these same adventures. The last chapter is especially true (particuarlly for MKs from the '80s). Parts of it were so true that it was hard to read. But it was a great childhood. Ron Snell speaks out for all of us MKs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Jungle out there April 23 2002
It's a jungle out there

by Chris barber
This is a great story.It's exotic, it's funny,and the pictures help you imagine almost exactly what it was like then.The book virtually explains what it's like to be a kid with missionary parents growing up in the jungles of Peru .You also learn about South American tribes such as the Michiguengas.All written with a sense of humor.One of my favorite parts was,when he observed that "When they are laughing you know you're in trouble."
I highly suggest this book to anyone who likes to laugh and learn about other cultures.
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