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Betty and Friends: My Life at the Zoo

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America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and New York Times-bestselling author Betty White offers intimate and funny stories about her animal friends at the zoo, enhanced by gorgeous four-color photographs.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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TL
Apr 05, 2015 TL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all animal lovers
Recommended to TL by: after I bought one of Betty's other books
Shelves: favorites


Yes I'm tired haha :-P ;-)


Was looking for a light and fluffy read after a LONG couple work nights this past week. I had gotten this fairly recently in the mail from paperbackswap, glimpsed it on one of my shelves when I got up and figured, why not now?

I loved seeing the photographs,seeing/feeling Betty's passion for animals, and reading the little stories posted by some of them. The text is light and fluffy but it makes you smile and occasionally laugh at some of our furry family.

The snow leopar
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Pamela
"For openers, let me say that I realize there are those whose minds are irrevocably set against the entire concept of zoos and consequently see only negatives. They have every right to their opinion, and I respect it. As for me, however, I am a confirmed zoophile, and I particularly appreciate the positive changes that have taken place in the whole zoo community over the past few decades, and the critical role they play today in perpetuating endangered species." (pg 3)

I too, as with Betty White,
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Preeti
Jan 04, 2012 Preeti rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, memoir, zoo-other
A light, quick read - I would probably almost call this a children's book except that it's longer (in terms of pages) than most children's books. I had no idea Betty White was so into animals and zoos. I think it's great that someone of her level is involved in this type of work, which you don't see that often.

Looking through the pictures was fun, but most of the text was fluffy. I did love how she infused a bit of humor in places. It made me grin.

It's very text-light overall. Shouldn't take mor
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❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Great book to read on a lazy weekend with the kids. If your kids are really young, there are pictures on almost every page to look at. Betty talks conservation, improving zoos, and shares her love of animals and personal stories with the L.A. zoo.

Most of the 304 pages are pictures, and the sections of her writing are a paragraph to a page or two. She even had a smattering of humor throughout the book.
Jennifer
Oct 18, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Extremely easy read, filled with many beautiful photos, interesting facts and cute stories! Betty's immense love for animals and zoos just makes me love her all the more!
Jessica
Oct 25, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Ahh as if I even needed another reason to adore Betty White. This was adorable and informative. I'm glad I bought it on a whim!
Sallee
May 22, 2015 Sallee rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a nice little book about 50% pictures and 50% words. Betty White is an American icon and has long been known for her love of animals of all kinds. This would be a great book to sit down with the grandkids and share with them how many rare and exotic animals there are. I enjoyed it and found that there many animals that I never knew existed.
Mom
Sep 11, 2013 Mom rated it it was amazing
What can I say? It's another "Betty" book! Of course I love it! Betty writes as if she is having a conversation with you; consequently you feel as if she is one of your best friends. The pictures in this book are so breathtaking I want to look at them again and again! This is a must read! You won't regret it! :-)
Paul Pessolano
Dec 09, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Betty & Friends, My Life at the Zoo” by Betty White, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Category – Animals

If there were more Betty Whites in the world there probably would be fewer if any endangered species. In her book Betty tells of her life long love of animals and zoos. She is quick to let everyone know that there are people who are opposed to zoos because they believe that animals should not be kept in captivity and that is cruel. She is also quick to expound on the fact that zoos have c
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Amanda
Love watching Betty White on TV, especially reruns of The Golden Girls, and her little segments on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. I've been wanting to read one of her books for a while now, I am so glad I picked this one as my first. This book shows in very great detail, the love Betty has for all animals. The pictures are lovely, and the small amount of facts about the animals, is very interesting for anyone who is interested in animals.
Peebee
Aug 20, 2013 Peebee rated it it was amazing
This book starts with the following: "I realize there are those whose minds are irrevocably set against the entire concept of zoos and consequently see only negatives. They have every right to their opinion and I respect it. As for me, however, I am a confirmed zoophile, and I particularly appreciate the positive changes that have taken place in the whole zoo community over the past few decades and the critical role they play today in perpetuating endangered species." My view could not be stated ...more
Whitney
Feb 06, 2012 Whitney rated it liked it
This book is basically like a children's book filled with pictures of adorable animals and cute anecdotes. That being said, I recommended it to all of my animal loving friends and family! Sometimes you just need a quick, heart-warming book to read. If this didn't have Betty White on the cover it probably wouldn't have sold many copies, but congrats to Betty for bringing her passions to the main stream just because she can.

I would definitely give this to adults but you could very easily pass it o
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Amy "the book-bat"
Feb 02, 2012 Amy "the book-bat" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
This book was an incredibly fast read. I think there were more pages of pictures than of text. Anyway, if you love animals and Betty White, I think you will enjoy this book quite a bit. I learned about some animals I had never heard of before and I also learned more about Betty's role in helping save animals through her work with the LA Zoo. The photos are absolutely beautiful (one in particular made me jealous... I want to hold a koala too!).
Pam
Apr 24, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal
I have always greatly respected Betty White's crusade for animals, an issue which I agree with. In this book, Betty White writes about some of the animals at the zoo that she has known and come to love. It is accompanied by the most glorious photography imaginable. If you love animals, this is a quick read that you will definitely enjoy! And make sure you read to "The End" so you don't miss the best part!
Elizabeth
Jul 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I just picked this up as Betty White is everywhere right now and I figured I might as well learn about her. Turns out this book is about the various zoos she's visited or sits on the Board for. Still some really beautiful photos and a behind the scenes appreciation for what zoos are doing to balance man's destructive habits. Maybe the wrong animals are behind bars ...
Suzanne
Oct 12, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a really quick read, lots of gorgeous photos. Really loved that it sounded exactly like hearing her speak, and her genuine love for animals jumps off the pages. With the negativity regarding zoos, felt she handled the issue very well, basically stating there are good zoos, bad zoos, but please stop to consider all the positive things the good zoos are doing for animals. And report those who are not protecting them.

I would personally recommend this as a book to read to a young child, eve
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Becky Galambos
Mar 06, 2012 Becky Galambos rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent zoo animal guide, infused with Betty White's humor. Her love of animals and her wit shine on EVERY page. Lots of color pics. I think my favorite picture is of her and the giraffe - the caption is an apology to the zoo, for getting lipstick on the giraffe who kissed her.
Elizabeth
Nov 22, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is full of vibrant wonderful pictures of animals and you can just tell throughout how passionate she is about the zoo. An awesome find and I think it could be appreciated by all age groups.
Lori
Mar 10, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
A very fun enjoyable read. I love to read about animals. Betty White is known for her love for animals. she is devoted to all species of animals. she is the ambassador to the Los Angeles zoo. i enjoyed getting a birds eye view of the zoo animals. what a lucky lady Betty White is getting an up close encounter with them. there are many pictures of her feeding petting and holding all kinds of species. how lucky the animals to be around her too.I am sure they know they are safe and loved by her. The ...more
Connie
Jul 23, 2012 Connie rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book--her love for animals goes beyond.....
Naomi
Dec 26, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Betty strikes again, but in a really unusual way!!

I loved the pictures in this book. Whoever was the photographer was really able to nail almost "humanistic" qualities in some of the animals, particularly those in the primates. It was pretty amazing. Of course, then, there is the text written by Betty that brought the book together. I disagree with some of the "snippiness and snarkiness" written by another reviewer on this thread. I think the information was relevant and, again, brought an under
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Orsolya
Feb 10, 2013 Orsolya rated it it was ok
Fans of Betty White are well-aware of her extreme love for both domestic and wild animals. White is not only involved with and serves on the board of several animal non-profits; but she has won awards for her work. Betty White shares some of her animal experiences in “Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo”.

Although “Betty & Friends” is beautifully eye appealing with glossy pages, luxurious colors, and gorgeous photos of animals; the text and “plot” falls short. As much as I adore Betty, “B
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Andrew
Nov 09, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
This is a difficult review to write.

"Betty & Friends" features a number of photographs of animals, along with author Betty White's recollections of meeting or observing them - plus a factoid or two along the way.

EXCEPT ...
a) Some of these photos do not feature animals that Betty has a background with (at least not one she makes obvious); they're incredible photos, but the captions provide no illumination.

b) Some of those captions do not provide any significant detail; in fact, they consist o
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Ashley
Jun 15, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Betty & Friends is the passion project Betty White has been working on for more than a decade - a love letter to zoos and to the animals in them. Betty takes us on a private tour of her favorite animals and her friendships with them - from Gita the elephant, whom Betty used to take for walks before the zoo opened; to Kelly the massive silver back gorilla, whom Betty has known since his birth in 1987. From giraffes to lizards to koalas, readers witness the majestic variety of animals through ...more
Kristin
Jun 03, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
How can you not love Betty White and fabulous pictures of animals? The book was short on words but filled with photos of animals in the variety of zoos Betty loves, including special animals that she forged a bont with over the years. Some are current residents, others were key individauls to restoration of their species whose legacy lives on with their offspring.
Betty includes stories about many of these animals, some being a sentence long, others a couple pages, all told from her perspective.
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Amélie
Dec 19, 2014 Amélie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a light and easy read, with lots of very beautiful pictures. I love the fact that it's based on Betty White's personal experiences with animals and zoos. It can be informative, and there are lots of Ms. White's anecdotes about animals featured in this book. I admire Ms. White's work with zoos and animals, and how she loves and respect each and every one of them and that she finds it important to protect the endangered animals. I give this book 5 stars!
Jessica
Apr 01, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I think many people, myself included, may have wanted to see more of Betty's humor, like we did with the picture of Cheeks the cockatoo. However, I don't think that humor was the point Betty was trying to make. Betty wants us to see an appreciation for animals as well as the conservation efforts zoos do. She wants to wake up the world regarding the protection of wildlife, and I think that she succeeded in this purpose.
Aitzko
May 27, 2014 Aitzko rated it liked it
A sweet little book about Betty White's work with zoos, most specifically the Los Angeles Zoo. It's written in a style that would be accessible for kids, although not meant expressly for them. Plenty of photos illustrate her short vignettes about the animals she's close to, and she gives great little anecdotes about them. A short read; a nice palate-cleanser.
Kim
Jan 01, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2014
I didn't realize it going in, but this is more of a photo album than an actual novel. Betty White wants us all to love animals and love good zoos and she she tries to do this through beautiful animal pictures and short anecdotes. Pretty much the book goes that you read a few paragraphs about Betty's interaction with, say, a gorilla and then you turn the page expecting to read more about the gorilla but instead find the next five pages filled with pictures of random zoo animals with the occasiona ...more
LauraTrev1
May 18, 2015 LauraTrev1 rated it liked it
Quick read yet very adorable and informative! It by no means is an animal encyclopedia but I did learn a few things about some animals and zoos that I didn't know before ! I would recommend for children or for adult animal lovers! The pictures are beautiful! Thank You for sharing Betty!
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Betty White is an American five-time Emmy Award-winning film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years. She also appeared in radio programs, movies, theater, commercials, and was also a talk show and game show host. White is perhaps best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.
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