Just So Stories: including 'The Tabu Tale' and 'Ham and the Porcupine' & original illustrations by Rudyard Kipling (Aziloth Books) Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 2015
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- Lexile Measure : NC1060L
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Paperback : 122 pages
- ISBN-10 : 190973568X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1909735682
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.26 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Aziloth Books; Illustrated Edition (January 1, 2015)
- Reading level : Baby - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1.) How the Whale Got his Throat
2.) How the Camel Got his Hump
3.) How the Rhinoceros Got his Skin
4.) How the Leopard Got his Spots
5.) The Elephant’s Child
6.) The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
7.) The Beginning of the Armadillos
8.) How the First Letter Was Made
9.) How the Alphabet Was Made
10.) The Crab that Played with the Sea
11.) The Cat that Walked by Himself
12.) The Butterfly that Stamped
The edition that I have has a number of black-and-white graphics (block print and line drawn style)—one or two per story. Given the genre, I imagine most editions have some kind of pictures, but your edition’s graphics may vary. A number of the stories include short poetry—usually at the end. The poetry is part of the original Kipling product and so are likely included in all unabridged editions.
I’d recommend this book for those looking for short stories that are relatable to young children.
I ordered this copy because I was unable to find the copy my grandfather had given me as a child, which was a rather sizeable volume complete with colored illustrations on glossy paper. This copy is nothing like that volume, which held up well to the repeated use of a young child. This volume is meant for the caring, gentle hands of an older child or adult. If your child cannot use tissue paper without tearing it, this is not the volume for him or her.
That said, if your child loves the stories, this would be a wonderful book to give him or her when she or he grows up.
Also at a deep level, Kipling teaches traditional values and shares deep wisdom. The females in his stories (First Woman in The cat who walked alone, the Tailor Bird's wife in Rikki Tiki Tavi) are fully drawn and quite intelligent.
It is a classic.
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Additionally there is a mention of the “N” word in the ethiopian story which would have been common at the time but might catch you by surprise if reading with your children.
A marvellous set of stories that are brought to life beautifully whether you grew up with Johnny Morris (of Animal magic fame ..& beyond) or not.
Classic kipling which might help your child move in terms of author story & genre recognition to more advanced kipling offerings ;)