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on March 15, 2015
The illustrations are excellent but I was disappointed by some word changes from the original and the interactive eBook features are not useful/poorly implemented. The original Kipling text is out of copyright so it is readily available elsewhere for free. In this book they changed "'satiable" elephant's child to "insatiable" throughout (ie. they expanded the informal contraction wherein the "in" at the beginning was replaced by an apostrophe) ...although technically correct, I think the story reads better as originally written. The "interactive feature" allows you to touch a paragraph of text and it is then shown in a larger font in a box over the illustration so it is easier to read than the TINY text in the book. This feature worked so poorly that I do not use it.
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on June 18, 2013
My seven year old granddaughter said it was a very good book. She liked the picture and thought all the spanking made it funny.
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on May 7, 2013
It took awhile, but when I finally got him to read this with me he really enjoyed it. He is 9.
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on December 11, 2012
I love this story and wanted to have it on my Kindle to read to my grandkids. The drawings are wonderful, but the font is too small and I can't find a way to make it bigger. Too hard to read!
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on December 5, 2012
My grandson is three and the problem was the amount of word on the page. He lost interest. I always loved the Kipling story and thought the art work was really wonderful. Maybe when he is older he will enjoy the book, but for now I will put it up.
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on December 5, 2012
It's a classic and I loved all of his books. As a pre-school teacher I would often read his classic and love them all.
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on November 17, 2012
I love this story and was looking forward to sharing it with grandchildren. Unable to read it easily since the print is so very small the layout is two pages per screen. Usually, am able to zoom in on sections of pages or change font size. This was such a sad disappointment since I love the story so much. It was just a poorly executed Kindle book.
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on November 14, 2012
I've long loved this story, and bought it on Kindle for my 5-yr-old. BUT the book only displays horizontally, and that too in a double page format (on my Kindle Fire). The text and pictures are consequently very tiny and frustratingly unclear. There does exist a feature that allows the words to display larger, but the text has to be accessed line by line, enlarged and then returned to regular (tiny) size each time. This is hugely cumbersome--it's impossible for little hands to manage, and the continuity of the narrative is completely destroyed. Also, the illustrations are probably lovely on paper, but hopelessly pale on the Kindle. The book may appear fine on a larger screen, but don't buy this if you plan reading it on a Kindle-sized display.
Note: I returned this book almost immediately after purchasing it; full points to Amazon for a very prompt refund.
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on April 20, 2013
I saw this book over two years ago. And looked for ONLY this version for two years. No other version comes close to portraying the story with such great illustrations. Tim Raglin does a fantastic job of giving the characters a personality. I need 4 more for my grand kids and one more for ME!
D Osthus
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on April 1, 2000
Spanking or no, this is one of our very favorite books. People who get hung up on the spanking aspect of the book are missing the whole point of the story, and that, in part, is that you can't deny a child their curiosity, or you will pay for it "in the end". Jack Nicholsen was the perfect choice for narrating this story, too, he really made it come alive, esssspecially the bi-colored, python rock sssnake. Well done!
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