- Lexile Measure: 630 (What's this?)
- Series: Puffin Classics
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; 34748th edition (March 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141325291
- ISBN-13: 978-0141325293
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 969 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jungle Book (Puffin Classics) Paperback – March 5, 2009
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Grade 4-8?The law of the jungle?intense competition for one's niche?seems to apply to The Jungle Book, judging from the numerous editions jostling on the bookseller's shelf. The centenary of publication is the justification given for this avatar: but fortunately, it needs no excuse. All the Mowgli stories, and the perennial "Rikki-tikki-tavi," appear to glorious advantage in a handsome format. A manageable size, creamy paper, a clear typeface, and generous margins are as inviting as the 17 masterly full-page watercolors. They are beautifully composed, balanced but not static, freely handled but without any loss of clarity. Mowgli and the animals are characterized rather than idealized. Color and texture are subtle but lush. These contrasts perfectly complement the tension between order and "the jungle" evoked in Kipling's text. If survival of the fittest indeed applies to publishing, this edition should have a long life.?Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Gr. 4^-7. In 18 rich watercolor paintings, Pinkney captures the sheer drama of the eight Mowgli stories and of the well-loved "Rikki-tikki-tavi." A handsome volume for collections of classic tales. Sally Estes
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I wrote my thesis about Kipling about twenty years later.
My mother apologized, particularly because I had to buy a whole set of Kipling again. It wasn't cheap.
So I have loved the Jungle Books since I was five, and I'm 71 now. When I found these on Kindle, I instantly downloaded them, so they would be available for my next trip to the hospital. The grandchildren don't have Kindles, so I can't give them this set. When I'm able to get out and about, I look for books for them that I loved as a child. The oldest granddaughter got the Jungle Books several years ago, and went through them in a week. Their parents have asked us to give them books as gifts whenever possible. We do. And Kipling is high on the list.
His work will be honored for centuries to come.
The seller of this beautiful work has my genuine gratitude.
Kipling's original jungle stories were published as serials in a magazine. They were later collected into The Jungle Book, Books 1 and 2. I have four copies of The Jungle Book, and they each have a different selection of stories in them! The Mowgli stories that most people are familiar with - from his early life until he leaves the jungle - make up most of Book 1. Each story was also published with a poem. This edition has all of the original stories from Book 1 and the accompanying poetry.
A couple commenters have called the pictures "too graphic." This is such a personal distinction that I can't really comment, other than to say that I will hand the book off to my daighter with no concern. There are plenty of drawings of Mowgli that show half or all of his naked booty. There is a picture of him tanning Shere Khan's hide. There is a picture of the Indian god Shiv. There are two scenes of animals fighting - Baloo being attacked by monkeys, and Rikki Tikki Tavi attacking a cobra. There is no gore that I noticed, nor any particularly frightening or violent images.
The books itself seems like good quality - the paper is thick, the binding is tight, the printing is crisp, and there is a sewn-in ribbon bookmark. The Wind in the Willows has held up nicely to regular, light use during school time. The two-page illustrated spreads are especially beautiful. The pictures have a very true-life feel; they aren't cartoonish at all. On the other hand, I have wondered if such so many beautifully detailed illustrations prevent the imagination from forming it's own pictures.
Overall, we love the volumes that we have so far, and we look forward to collecting more of them.
I had to force him to set the tablet down while we ate dinner last night. Then had to tell him to turn the tablet off at bedtime.
This morning again I had to make him put it down to eat breakfast and force him out the door to play for a couple of hours because I knew it was going to get hot again. As soon as it started getting warm he was back inside. At least he asked if he could go back to reading his book. Lol. That's about the only attention I have gotten except a Goodnight last night.
I keep telling him I am glad he is enjoying it but he has to keep drinking fluids because of the heat. He begrudgingly gets up and gets some water but downs it fast just to get back to the tablet.
For a 10 year old, he hasn't had an . Problems with words or understanding this book.
I may have to make him do a book report for his teacher at this rate.
But to say he is enjoying it, that would be a Big understatement.
I have to warn you though. My 10 year old grandson isn't a normal 10 year old. Only when it comes to Having to read. With this book, he is showing me more then anything that he is more advanced in reading then he is even letting on to the teachers when they test him.
So not all 10 year Olds might be able to read the larger words. But I still think that with help, they would enjoy this book.
I received this product free or at a discount for my unbiased and honest review