From School Library Journal
Grade 1-6–Three stories–"Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!"–and six of the poetic songs from Kipling's classic work are accompanied by painterly illustrations. Floral-patterned borders decorate the gutter of every spread, drawing the eye to what is customarily an empty space. A combination of detailed miniature drawings and small framed paintings is strategically placed throughout the text. As is typical of Bayley's style, the masterful use of light, detail, rich color, and texture creates striking and evocative visual effects. The images of the tiger are especially expressive. Unfortunately, the decorative layout and small size of the images don't fully capture the lush setting and drama of Mowgli's adventures. Still, this is a beautifully designed book. Jerry Pinkney's The Jungle Book
(HarperCollins, 1995) is another visually appealing version that includes 18 of Kipling's original stories.– Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
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Gr. 2-4. First published as part of Kipling's Jungle Book
(1894), these three unabridged stories about the boy Mowgli, who is raised by animals, will reach today's readers with the whimsy of animals that speak to the man-cub and teach him the Law of the Jungle. The book design is great for lap sharing. The thick, beige-colored pages are printed with lush, intricate border patterns, and, appearing on every page, Bayley's small, beautiful, colored-pencil pictures show the whole thing--from the naked toddler snuggling with the bear, panther, and wolves to the young man confronting the fierce tiger and, later, entering the human community. The blend of tender nurturing and fierce jungle confrontation is thrilling, especially because although the beasts talk, each one stays true to its animal self. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved