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The Jungle Book (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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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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Not to mention he always wanted me to read a chapter before going to sleep. Now both of us always discussed the difference between the classics and the Disney version of this story.
This short collection of time honored favorites like the Jungle Book, Rikki Tikki Tavi (the girls loved the great snake fight!), and the White Seal all still glow with life. Real life is illustrated here, not white washed Hollywood stories where nothing really dies but the interaction between predator and prey is ever present.
Kipling in today's world is not something allowed in schools, more the pity. His writings make most of what kids today have to read insipid. I only hope other parents/grandparents will allow their offspring the chance to see life how it was and often is today...