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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Paperback – January 6, 2012
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1. Is the story content appropriate for a reading level that can't yet master the language in the original? If not, it's probably better to wait until a child is linguistically and emotionally ready for the original.
2. Is the quality of the adaptation high enough that it entices, rather than discourages, readers to explore further? If it can't stand on its own merit but only piggybacks on the original's popularity, it may cause the reader to associate the original with mediocrity.
The answer to question 1 will be different for different families and readers. I would say that Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a young Indian mongoose who is adopted by a British family and drives the venomous snakes out of their home and garden, may appeal more to boys than girls, and parents of sensitive children should certainly screen this book since it contains dramatic animal violence, multiple attempted murders by talking snakes (in one of these a child is threatened), and Rikki-Tikki's merciless execution of many cobras in their eggs. But this story is a classic for good reason: Rikki-Tikki exemplifies courage, loyalty, defending the helpless, and a relentless commitment to oppose the evil snakes regardless of the cost.Read more ›
"This is the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought, all by himself, through the English family's house in India". After finding a half-drowned mongoose outside his home, a young boy named Teddy and his family take in the little creature and nurse him to health. A naturally curious creature, the mongoose (named, you must have guessed, Rikki-tikki-tavi for the sounds he makes) explores the home and decides to stay. Good thing that he does too. Lurking in the garden is the deadly cobra Nag and his wife Nagaina. The snakes determine that Rikki is a threat to their unhatched children and decide that if the family dies then Rikki will leave the area. Now Rikki, with the help of the tailor birds Darzee and his wife, must defeat the snakes and defend the family that was kind enough to take him in.Read more ›
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Read it as a child and needed to read it again. Brought back good memories.Published 6 days ago by Barry Edewaard
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is one of those childhood stories that is a joy to read again as an adult.Published 10 days ago by zuajac
Great story but truly sad that they put a meerkat on the cover and not a mongoose --Kipling would be appalledPublished 12 days ago by Random Dodger
I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read this amazing book. I just fell in love with it and I think you will too. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Grayson Wyman
It is good and all. But a low about it's every short. I finished the whole book in one day. It is a very fun children's bookPublished 18 days ago by donald ray foreman
The description says illustrated, this book is not illustrated. VERY disappointed.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I got what I wanted at a reasonable price in a timely manner.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this story before in Jungle book and although I love all of stories there this one is one of my favoritesPublished 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
Great story from the great Kipling. My 5 year old son has a condensed version with pictures that he enjoys, so I thought he would also like to hear the full story, and he did. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jose Luis Caceres