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Five Lessons The ZooKeeper Teaches Your Kid

One day, DandyLion goes for a walk in Manimal Forest and gets captured by the mean ZooKeeper! What happens when he’s being made to perform at the Zoo so the ZooKeeper can make some money? A brave Hooman child, your munchkin, comes to the rescue with the rest of the Manimals in this personalized children’s book!

I wrote the ZooKeeper as a way to talk to my kids about animal cruelty, and some of the issues that Zoos have when it comes to doing what’s best for the animals. Talking to kids about animal cruelty can be hard to do, but with a personalized children’s book like the ZooKeeper can simplify it for your child. 

Here are 5 lessons your child will be sure to learn about after reading this personalized adventure -

1. Trust yourself, even if nasty ZooKeepers tell you otherwise!

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In the Zookeeper book, when the ZooKeeper tries to scare the little Hooman away from helping DandyLion (page 19), the child stands their ground. They know why animals should not be kept in zoos and trust themselves to do the right thing. In the end, this helps save DandyLion and makes him very very happy!


2. Greed won’t take you far.

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Pleased with himself for catching the coolest singing lion, ZooKeeper gets greedy to make more money (page 25). His greed convinces him that he’s caught a Jabberwock, only to be fooled by the Hooman and Manimals who were undercover!


3. You can always count on your good-est friends!

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When DandyLion was feeling sad & low, lo and behold his closest friends came to save him (page 31)! Your truest friends are always there to help you out, no matter how sticky the situation.


4. Everyone has their own unique superpower.

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From the tiny yet sneaky Anonymouse to the grand and mighty Smellyphant - every Manimal had a special talent that came in handy when they had to save their friend and king. Just like that, each and every Hooman is special in their own way!


5. Teamwork makes the dream work!

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The smart Hooman and the talented Manimals show us that when you work together anything is possible! Each of them had one mission - saving their friend DandyLion - and they followed through with a plan to make sure that they not only saved their friend but so many more animals who were being kept in the zoo!

Activities you can do with your child

  1. Discuss the role of zoos - Should animals be kept in zoos? Are there any benefits to keeping animals in zoos?

  2. Name the Manimals - The stories from the Manimal Kingdom have a variety of names that are interesting to talk about. This personalized children's book features seven Manimals! What are they?

Sue Says

In a tale as old as time, the king of the jungle is saved by his loyal friends in line! 

This personalized adventure book will leave your child asking - “why should animals not be kept in zoos?” While also opening their minds to important lessons about friendship, teamwork and trusting their gut. If this is what gets your little Hooman jumpin’, click here to get your own copy of The ZooKeeper!

General Questions

Manimal Tales is a publisher of beautifully illustrated personalized books. We have personalized books for children and adults. From birthday books to new baby tales, and from bedtime stories to ABC books, we have custom books for all occasions!

We even offer PhotoStories, our personalized picture books with photos.

At Manimal Tales, we fervently believe every child should be the hero of their own story!

Personalized books (or custom books as they are sometimes referred to) allow the reader to become the hero of the story - literally.

The main character in the story is the reader / receiver of the book, and is represented by an avatar that looks like them. There are usually lots of additional personalized details printed in the stories, including the receiver's name, age, family members and more.

Our PhotoStories offer a whole new level of personalization by allowing you to add your own photos into the story and have them printed out with the book.

Browse through our collection of custom books to see which ones work for your loved ones!

It's super easy to personalize your own book!

Browse through our collection of personalized stories and select the titles you want. On the product page, add the details required to personalize the book (name, age, family members, photos etc.). You can then preview the entire book before you buy, so you know exactly what you're going to get!

Once you're satisfied, add the book to your cart, enter your payment details and your unique, one-of-a-kind personalized book will arrive on your doorstep in 6 to 9 days!

The short answer is that it depends on the personalized book title in question!

All books will have your loved one as the main protagonist and their name will be printed on the book cover as well as in the story.

In some of our books like Dreamland and What Will I Be? the (the An ABC Story) your loved one's name is printed on every page.

In our Manimal Tales series, in addition to your child's name, you can select an avatar that looks like your child.

In our custom baby tales, Your Baby's Story and Your Baby's Story (Sibling version), you have to enter names and select avatars for the parents and the siblings as well.

And for our PhotoStories, you can further customize the books by uploading and adding your own photos directly into the book. The stories have been written to incorporate the photos as part of the story itself.

Whichever personalized book you do choose, we guarantee your loved one's will love our custom tales just as much as we do!

We have books for all ages and occasions! On the menu bar at the top of the page you can filter through our collections of personalized books by a variety of different criteria.

We have personalized books for:

- Birthdays

- New babies / baby showers

- Bedtime books

- Back To School / ABC books

- Seek & Find books

We also offer custom books with engaging stories about:

- Friendship and bravery

- Standing up for your beliefs

- Animal rights and adventure

We have personalized books across all ages:

- 0 to 3 years

- 3 to 6 years

- 6 years and above

- Adult stories

Lastly we have our PhotoStories, which allow users to upload photos and have them become part of the story!

- Happy Birthday Personalized PhotoStory

- Your Baby's Personalized PhotoStory

Nothing beats getting a book with your name on it!

Personalized books are treasured and loved by all, and make great keepsakes.

We offer custom books for all occasions, ensuring you will always find a book to meet your needs.

You can always reach us by filling out our Contact Form.

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