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October 14, 2012

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Dean

Hi Ashlynn,
thanks for the post on my blog.
I use Nikon, mostly because that's what I started with.
Good luck with taking photos, I love it and I am sure will too!
Cheers,
Dean

Ashlynn Wieder

Hi Dean!!
This is Ashlynn. I went to Hiland Elementary 4 years ago(2008)when i met you and i wanted to say hi. Do you like doing photography? My Grandpa was a photographer and he taught me all about cameras and all that stuff and i was wandering if what you do, you would recomend it? I

olivia

Hi Mr.Jacobs my name is Olivia you wrote me and my group a letter but that is not why I am writing you. I am writing to tell you I am on the back of your book as a quote.

Dean

Hi Brett, Tyler, Owen and James,

Thank you for the post on my blog.

I’ve never been swimming with iguanas, but I have been swimming with sea lions!
A fence might help; I just like the idea that you are trying to help protect the animals, good work!
There are caiman in the Amazon rain forest along the edge of rivers and in lakes.
Nope, I didn’t have any piranha bites from swimming with them.
I liked all the animals I saw in the rain forest; I just think animals are so cool!
Would you like to explore the Amazon one day?

See you soon!

Cheers,
Dean

Brett, Tyler, Owen, James

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

This is Owen,Tyler, James, and Brett. We go to school at Highland Elementary. We are 5th graders learning about your trip to the the Amazon rainforest and river. We are learning about the iguanas. They filter salt out of their eyes and nose, making them look like they're wearing white wigs. Iguanas eat mostly algae and seaweed. Iguanas can dive 30 feet below the water’s surface. Have you ever swam with iguanas or sea turtles? We were thinking that there should be a big metal fence in the water and on land separating the iguanas from humanity. This would help to protect their species. We wondered if there were any crocodiles in the Amazon rain forest. What was the temperature at the start of the Amazon river? We heard that you swam with the piranhas while you were in the Amazon. Were you bitten by a piranha while swimming with them? What is your favorite animal you saw in the Amazon? It has been a pleasure learning about the Amazon through the videos on your website. We look forward to hearing from you. See you next week! :-]

From,
Brett, Tyler, Owen, and James

Dean

Hi Syanna, YaYa, Dylan, and Matthew,

Thank you for the post on my blog.

I saw a beetle in Ecuador that was as big as the palm of my hand. Thankfully it didn’t bite me.
The marine iguanas live there because the waters along the edge of the islands have the food it likes to eat.
Sloths are pretty cool too!
The have a very low metabolism, and not as much muscle as other animals their size. A sloth can be from 19-24 inches long.
Yes, sloths were designed to take their time!
Albatross parents take turns at the nest, but one of the parents is always with the egg or baby chick.
Thank you, I’m glad you like the photos. I’ve been practicing a long time and continue to practice. I enjoy taking photos!
Animals that move or are hard to get close to, like most birds. These tend to be difficult to photograph. Patience is something you need if you are going to take photos of animals.

What animal would you like to see in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Aiden, Connor, Derek and Scott,

Thank you for the post on my blog.

I didn’t hold a monkey, but I had a whole bunch climbing all over me, it was really fun.
When I went swimming with piranhas I only wore my swimsuit. I never had any bites from piranhas.

I’ve never seen a fish called an arapaima.
Leopards are pretty cool!

Would you like to see a leopard in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Rachel, Jaeda, Gabe and Ethan,

Thank you for the post on my blog.
I’ve never touched a sea lion, but I did go swimming with them once while exploring the Galapagos Islands.
Jaguars regularly eat adult caimans, deer, capybaras, tapirs, peccaries, dogs, foxes, and sometimes even anacondas.
When the Amazon River is young and in the mountains, it is very cold, as it flows through the Amazon rain basin, it gets very warm.

The water at the source of the Amazon tasted clean, wonderful and refreshing!
I’m happy to know you enjoyed the book! I like all the animals; I think all animals are amazing!

What animal would you like to see in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Becca, Kylie, Mario and Najib,

Thank you for the post on my blog.

Yes, it is very sad how fast the rain forest is disappearing.

I have seen a baby kola in Australia, it was very cute. I’ve never been bitten by a kola.
You can’t see when a baby kola feeds, because it’s in the mother’s pouch when it feeding.
Yes, kolas are very picky eaters, they like only a small number of eucalyptus trees.

Would you like to see a kola in the wild one day?

Cheers,

Dean

Hi Lily, Laineee, Ben, Zach and VeeRah,

Thank you for the post on my blog.

The yareta plant was very soft, like a carpet. Exploring the Amazon River was really fun and sometimes very hard work!

We passed by the rush hour very quickly! ☺

The water at the source of the Amazon tasted clean, wonderful and refreshing!

At the start of my trip I started with a large group of people when I went into the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador. We had almost 20 people in that group. Most of the time though, I was along and made new friends along the way to travel with.

Would you like to explore the Amazon one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Kylee, Bella, Vince, Richard and Jaiden,

Thank you for the post on my blog.

Vultures don’t kill animals, it’s easier for them to sit and wait for them to die, less chance of getting hurt.

One of the weirdest things I ate were grubs on my journey. They are actually larva from a beetle that lives on palm trees. I’m not sure how to describe how they tasted. Would you like to try it one day?

The Achuar kids paint what ever they feel like painting on their faces.

Yes, exploring was great fun. I saw many different types of animals, you’ll soon see!

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Kiernan, Jasmine, William and Melanie,

Thank you for the posting on my blog.
Kolas are pretty cool!
I have seen Kolas awake, in the trees when I was in Australia. It’s true; a kola will sleep up to 22 hours a day! Wow!
I have been to 51 countries now and the list continues to grow.
What country would you like to visit one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

HI Tri, Ben, Olivia and Sofia,

Thank you for post on my blog.

Pandas are pretty cool!
A wild panda can eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo a day. Yes, pandas will eat bird’s rodents to help it get the nutrients it needs to live and grow. I’m not sure when they grow their undercoat, my guess would be they are born with it and it continues to grow thicker as they grow older.
They estimate between 1,000-1,500 pandas live in the wild. I photographed the pandas when I was in China.

I’ve never seen a Pirarucu fish and when I swam with piranhas it was fun!

Their isn’t a best animal or insect for me, I think they are all really cool!

Which animal would you like to see in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean


Hi Jacob, Braden, Alannah and Vashti,

Thank you for the post on my blog. It’s pretty cool to be a part of the leopard group!

It looks like you have learned some pretty cool stuff about leopards. Leopards jump high to climb trees and to kill their prey. I imagine their has been a time when they have jumped further then 20 feet, but probably not much more and rarely.

Sloths are pretty cool too!
The have a very low metabolism, and not as much muscle as other animals their size. A sloth can be from 19-24 inches long.
Yes, sloths were designed to take their time!
On the ground the maximum speed of the three-toed sloth is or 6.5 feet per minute.

I have seen a really big cockroach; the last one was in my hotel room in Manaus Brazil! I’ve never eaten a cockroach yet, and I don’t plan on it.


I’m looking forward to my visit to Highland too!

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Kyan, Isaac, Sade and Parker,

Thank you for the post on my blog. It’s always fun to see my friends from Highland Elementary.

It’s good to see you are using the Wondrous Creatures book to learn so much fun information about animals.

One of my favorite animals from my journeys would be the mountain gorilla; it was very cool to be with them in the rain forest of Africa.
The average lifespan of a sea lion is 20-30 years.

Yes, I ate grubs on my journey. They are actually larva from a beetle that lives on palm trees. I’m not sure how to describe how they tasted. Would you like to try it one day?


Where would you like to travel to one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean

Hi Coehen, Cody, Eliza and Haley,

Thank you for the posting on my blog.

The Achuar people of the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador paint their face everyday, just like we brush our teeth everyday.

A leopard can jump 10 feet high, which is pretty high if you were climbing a tree to try and get away from him.

I saw several sloths in the Amazon rain forest of South America. Most of the ones I saw were sleeping.

Baby kolas have strong hands that allow them to grab the mother’s fur.

Yes, I ate grubs on my journey. They are actually larva from a beetle that lives on palm trees. I’m not sure how to describe how they tasted. Would you like to try it one day?

Taking photos is fun, it brings me a great deal of joy to be able to create an image that inspires and educates students like each of you!

Cheers,

Dean

aiden, conner, derek, scott

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

This is Connor, Derek, Aiden, and Scott from Highland Elementary. We are 10 years old and in the fifth grade. We have been studying animals from around the world, including information from your book, Wondrous Creatures. We have some questions about the animals that we have been studying. Like, what is it like holding a real live monkey? When you swam with the piranhas, did you wear protection? If not, did you get bitten? Have you ever seen a fish that looks like a pirarucu called an arapaima? Our group studied about the leopard for a class presentation. An interesting fact we learned about the leopard is that a leopard can run up to the speeds of 70-90 mph. Another fact is that a leopard can jump 3-10 feet vertically and 20 feet horizontally. When leopards are in the water they sometimes eat fish and crabs. We have had fun learning about the leopard and animals of the Amazon. Thank you helping us to learn about animals from around the world.

Your friends,
Aiden, Connor, Derek, and Scott

Rachel

Dear Mr.Jacobs,

This is a fifth grade group of four students at Highland Elementary. We are learning about sea lions. We learned that Rachel is as clumsy as a sea lion. We did a T.V. show about sea lions for a class presentation. We learned since sea lions live near the ocean, they eat plenty of fish and they eat types of squid. Have you pet a sea lion? And if you have, was the sea lion(s) nice? In class we have also been learning about the Amazon. Jaguars are the third largest cat in the world, what do they eat? Nyarota plants grow an inch a year. How cold is it in the Amazon?
We learned that the Amazon is not just a river, it is also rain forest. We also learned that you can drink handfuls of the Amazon river water. What did the water taste like? We liked when you did the Dean’s Journal in your book Wondrous Creatures. We learned a lot. What is your favorite animal in the book? Thank you for sharing your travels with us, you are the best! See you at Highland next week!

Thanks,
Rachel, Jaeda, Gabe,and Ethan

Rebecca,Mario,Najib,Kylie

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

We are Highland Elementary 5th graders. We are all 10 years old. We are writing this letter to ask about koalas and the amazon river. Did you know that one and a half acres of rain forest is lost in each second? Have you ever seen a baby koala? Have you ever been bitten by a koala? How do you spot koalas in trees? Have you ever seen a koala fall from a tree? Have you ever seen a mother Koala give birth? How do you tell the difference between a girl koala and a boy koala? Have you ever seen a mother koala feed its baby? Did you know a koala will only eat a special kind of leaf called the eucalyptus leaf? They will only eat 35 out of 600 kinds of these eucalyptus leaves. Do you know if koalas are always picky with their food? Did you know that a baby koala can start climbing a tree one year after it is born? Koalas are the size of a jellybean when they are first born. When they are grown-up, they are the size of a teddy bear. Thank you for helping us to learn about the koala and the amazon. We wish we could travel the world like you.

From your buddies in fifth grade,
Becca, Kylie, Mario, Najib

Lily,Ben,Zach,VeeRah,Lainee

Mr. Dean Jacobs,


We are coming to you from Highland Elementary school. Our group researched about the panda. Here are some facts that we learned about the panda. Our first fact is pandas eat over half a day, baby pandas grow so fast because they eat a lot of bamboo. Pandas eat bamboo because they prefer the taste even though they have a stomach of a carnivore. We learned about the rainforest too. The largest freshwater fish in the Amazon is the pirarucu. The yeta plant grows an inch every year. The start of the amazon is marked by two crosses. And now we have some questions for you. our first question is, was the yerta plant soft or was it hard? What was it like to go to the Amazon river? How long was rush hour?(with the goats)? How did the water taste? Did you travel with more than two people? Thank you for teaching us about the Amazon and the giant panda.
From:Lily,Lainee,Ben,Zach,VeeRah :-)

Vince,Richard,Bella,Kylee,jaiden

Dear Mr.Jacob’s,

We are some of the kids from Mrs.Williams class at Highland Elementary and our names are Richard,Vince,Bella,Jaiden and Kylee.We are learning about the Vulture, we learned that they keep the earth clean by eating dead animals! We were wondering if vultures kill animals?

We also learned about the amazon and habitats from an author and a world traveler...you. We were also wondering what the weirdest thing you’ve ate on your trip to the amazon was?What did it taste like? Was it gross?Also, we were wondering if when the Achuar kids do face painting how the other kids tell what they are trying to say? We learned it takes a sloth two weeks to walk 200 meters.Did you like going to the amazon.What animals did you see in the amazon?

Thank you for teaching us about all these cool animals.

Your friends, Kylee,Bella,Vince,Richard and Jaiden:~)

Jasmine,Keirnan, Melaine, Liam

Dear Mr. Jacobs,
This is Kiernan, Jasmine, William, and Melanie.
We are in fifth grade at Highland. We are learning about koalas and the Amazon. Did you know koalas eat toxic leaves? One of the interesting things about koalas, you may or may not know, is that they like to live alone. Have you ever seen them awake? We ask that question because they can sleep up to 5-7 hours during the day. We are very excited to learn more about the Amazon, you, and your trip!!! One last thing,we were wondering, what places have you been traveling to in your entire career? We can hardly wait to see you next week and look forward to your presentation.
Sincerely,
Jasmine, Melanie, Liam, and Kiernan!!!

Olivia,Tri,Ben,Sofia

Dear Mr. Jacobs,
We are Highland fifth graders. We are writing to you about Giant Pandas and what you saw in the Amazon. We learned pandas eat half their day. We were wondering how many pounds of bamboo do pandas eat a day? Our group also learned that pandas eat mostly bamboo but sometimes they also eat birds and rodents. Do pandas eat birds and rodents for nutrients? Panda’s are as big as a stick of butter when they’re born. When do pandas grow their undercoat? When my group read the panda article. Our group found out that pandas are in poor condition because farmers destroyed their habitat.So our group wondered how many giant pandas are left in the wild? When did you get into the photography and what inspired you? We have some more questions; have you ever seen a Pirarucu fish and when you swam with piranhas did they harm you? We watched a video about the Amazonian cockroach and my group learned that it is a vegetarian. All of us were wondering, what is the best animal or insect that you’ve ever seen. Thank you for teaching us about the Giant pandas and the amazon. It’s really cool how you get to travel around the world.:-)

Sincerely,
Tri,Ben,Olivia and Sofia

Jacob, Braden, Alannah, Vashti

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

Hi! Our names are Jacob, Braden, Alannah and Vashti and we are the leopard group at Highland Elementary. We are all ten years old. We are writing about the Amazon Rain Forest. Our class and Mrs. Tharp are following you while you travel around the world. Have you learned about the leopards? Here are some facts we have learned. Leopards can jump about 6-10 feet in the air! Why do leopards jump so high? Leopards can also jump 20 feet in one bound. Can a leopard jump higher than 20 feet? Now we are going to talk about sloths. Sloths are super slow! It takes about a week to move about 200 meters!
How tall can a sloth be? Sloths do their business every week. Why do sloths move so slow? Do they always take their time? Sloths have a very good grip. Have you seen a really big cockroach? If you have, it might be the one we’ve heard about. It is a really popular species in the Amazon Rain Forest. Is this kind of species edible? We are so happy that you wrote the book for everyone to read. We are very excited to see you next week. Hope you’ll enjoy this letter!

From your followers,
Jacob, Braden, Alannah, and Vashti ;D

Kyan, Sade, Parker, and Isaac

Dear Mr.Jacobs,
This is Kyan, Sade, Parker, and Isaac, and we go to Highland Elementary and have been working with Mrs.Tharp. We have been following you for a long time. Kyan, Sade, and Parker are all ten and Isaac is almost 12. We are in 5th grade. We are following you while you are in the Amazon and this is what we have learned. These are also our questions. We have learned a lot from your travels. We have learned a lot about animals in your book and these are some of the facts. The first fact is about sea lions. Males are a lot larger than female sea lions. The male can be 1,599 pounds bigger than the female. A fact about the albatross is that it has a wingspan that is 11 feet. The albatross can fly miles without flapping its wings once. An interesting fact about sloths is that it would take it a week to crawl 200 meters. They are very slow!
They have three very long claws for climbing trees. This is a fun fact about flamingos. They weigh about as much as a 1st grader. We also have some questions for you. Our first question: what is your favorite animal that you have seen on your journeys and why? Another question is how old can an average sea lion get? We also heard that you ate grubs. Were they good? Thank you for helping us learn about the Amazon. It has been very fun. It would be really fun to be able to have adventures like you do.
Your friends,
Kyan, Isaac, Sade, and Parker :-)

Cody,Eliza,Coehen,Haley

Dear Mr. Jacobs,
We are 5th graders at Highland Elementary. We are working in a group to learn about animals and habitats all around the world. We learned that the kids of the Amazon wear face paint. We were wondering if they put new face paint on every day just like we brush our teeth? Did you know that leopards can jump forward 20 feet in one bound. That’s a lot! How high can a leopard jump vertically? We found out that sloths only defecate once a week! Have you ever seen a sloth? Koalas can hold on to their mother’s back for a very long time. How do koalas hold on to their mother’s back without falling off? We found out that you ate grubs. Did they taste like chicken? Hey Dean, what is it like to be a photographer? Is it fun? Thank you for reading about what we learned about the Amazon!
Your Friends,
Coehen, Cody, Eliza, and Haley:-)

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