HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Disney’s Tarzan: Jungle Jam
Author: Ellen Milnes
Publisher: Mouse Works, 1999
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Milnes, Ellen. Disney’s Tarzan: Jungle Jam (published in 1999 by Mouse Works). This Mouse Works Chunky Roly-Poly Book is taken from the 1999 American animated feature film Disney’s Tarzan, which in turn was based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film begins with the escape of an English couple and their infant son from a burning ship, ending up on land near uncharted rainforests on the coast of Africa. The couple builds a treehouse from their ship’s wreckage, but are subsequently killed by Sabor, a rogue leopardess. Kala, a female gorilla who recently lost her own child to Sabor, hears the cries of the orphaned infant, and finds him in the ruined treehouse. Kala takes the baby back to the gorilla troop to raise as her own, naming him Tarzan. He befriends other gorillas in the troop and other animals, including the young female gorilla Terk and the paranoid male elephant Tantor,
Several years later, a team of human explorers from England, arrive near where the gorilla band and Tarzan live to study the gorillas. The party includes a Professor Porter, his daughter Jane, and their hunter-guide Clayton. On one occasion, while out looking for the gorillas, Jane is accidentally separated from the group and chased by a pack of baboons. When every human has gone out of the Porter camp to look for Jane, it is invaded by animals, led by Terk and Tantor, who use various utensils and other items which they find in the tents to make music and, in the process, make a shambles of everything. It is this scene which is portrayed in the book Jungle Jam. Disney’s Tarzan was one of our younger son Jeremy’s favorite movies, so even though it was slightly beneath his reading level at the time, he checked this book out of the library, and we used it for extra reading practice. It is also helpful in learning to identify certain objects that the animals used in making music.