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A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories Hardcover – October 7, 2004
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In particular, the Crab and the Butterfly are two of the finest Just so Stories and should not be missed. I certainly would not have bought this book had I known it was an abridged version. I suppose that's why the publishers have cleverly entitled this book a "collection". What's an added disappointment is that there is no indication or explanation anywhere in this book regarding the excluded stories--though I can guess at the reasons.
If I were buying, I'd look for a complete edition.
How the Whale got his Throat
How the Camel got his Hump
How the Rhinoceros got his Skin
How the Leopard got his Spots
The Elephant's Child (male elephant)
The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
The Beginning of the Armadillos
The Cat that Walked by Himself
(plus all the original poems that follow the stories)
As near as I can tell, this book keeps the exact wording in the Rudyard Kipling stories (Best Beloved, 'Scruciating, 'Sclusively...)
This book is excellent for reading out loud, and the illustrations (each story by a different illustrator) are attention-getting. Share this book with your children - the stories of trickery and consequencesare great teaching tools.
I think the pictures are lovely - But I think with out all the stories included, it won't be a timeless classic, just an interlude from age 3 to 7 when the kids start reading themselves.
The rhythm of reading the stories aloud is wonderful, I even read one of the stories in my college speech class and when I looked up everyone was sitting there opened mouthed. My son is now twelve and he still loves reading these wonderful tales by Rudyard Kipling. Classic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have never heard a story from Jim Weiss that we didn't thoroughly enjoy! We have four boys 8 and under.Published 1 month ago by M. Jansen
Kipling had that unique way of writing and it made reading his stories so much fun and so enjoyable for children. All children should have some of these stories read to them.Published 5 months ago by Doris J. Ward
It's Kipling. How can you go wrong? Love to read to the grandson and Kipling and Seuss are the best!Published 6 months ago by W. B. Phillips
More pictures would have been better. But at least the stories are unedited!Published 7 months ago by J. F. Bridges