The Book of Nature was the brainchild of Dr. Raymond L. Ditmars, curator of the Bronx Zoo. Running six reels, the film devoted each reel to a separate species of animal or insect. Part one dealt with mammals, part two with reptiles, part three with amphibians, part four with sea life, and part five with insects (utilizing microscopic photography). The film ended with a humorous passage dealing with domesticated circus animals. This portion of the program was hoked up and joked up in a manner anticipating the comedy passages in Walt Disney's True Live Adventures series. The premiere showing of The Book of Nature was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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