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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Patricia Dooley, formerly at University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is my impression that today the JUST SO STORIES do not enjoy the popularity with children (and parents) that they once had. That may be because they are occasionally "politically incorrect" in their depiction of historical attitudes regarding race and culture. Joel Chandler Harris's UNCLE REMUS stories and even Mark Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN are sometimes removed from local library shelves on the same basis. In this reviewer's view, inattention to the works of Kipling and Harris and Twain deprives English-speaking children of some appreciation of the culture and civilization in which they live today. Worse yet, it deprives them of the fun of reading FOR fun.
Rudyard Kipling, referred to by one reviewer here as "not a very good writer" was the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize (not the Pulitzer) for literature, in 1907.Read more ›
Geoffrey Palmer, of As Time Goes By, is one of my favorite actors. His voice and interpretation of these beautiful stories enhances the experience so much that I was laughing out loud listening to him in my car. His dry sense of humor is felt in his characterizations of the cast and the lulling of his voice lends a calming, gentle, and sophisticated quality to the text. I now can simply not imagine these stories being read by anybody else.
Finally, the classical musical selection is superb and adds an intelligent whimsiness to the piece. I would highly recommend this set as a lovely gift for any child you find "tenacious and full of segacity". What a delightful alternative to the screech of today's cartoons and children's "pop" albums full of Britney Spears remakes.
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The COllector's Library published a wonderful, tiny book. I have loved The Cat that Walked by Himself for years. The drawings are just right.Published 5 days ago by Delores Mick
I remember these as a kid. I memorized these stories. I've told them countless times. These are absolutely great!
And who better to narrate them than Boris Karloff!
relive your childhood stories it a wonderful book by a wonderful writer with great imaginationPublished 19 days ago by no name
A must read for every budding young readers expanding their vocabulary. The stories are poetic, full of fantasy, thought provoking. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Yarid+
Any R. Kipling should be read by everyone on the planet. This is classic, wonderful work and a joy for the entire family. Wonderful to read outloud.Published 1 month ago by OlyBornAndRaised
Nobody ever read these stories to me as a kid -- what a loss! But in some ways, I think they mean more to an adult who has really had a lot of experience with animals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by janet fairchild
I really loved these when I read them to my kids when they were old enough to get fantasy of animal species 'interaction'. Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tammy Burke