A relentlessly inventive collection of myths that betray a deep love and respect for the natural world, the "Penguin Classics" edition of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" is edited with an introduction by Judith Plotz and a general preface by series editor Jan Montefiore. In these bewitching stories we learn "How the Camel got his Hump", "How ...Read MoreA relentlessly inventive collection of myths that betray a deep love and respect for the natural world, the "Penguin Classics" edition of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" is edited with an introduction by Judith Plotz and a general preface by series editor Jan Montefiore. In these bewitching stories we learn "How the Camel got his Hump", "How the Leopard got his Spots" and "How the Whale got his Throat", as Rudyard Kipling conjures up distant lands, beautiful gardens of splendid palaces, the sea, the deserts, the jungle and all its creatures. Inspired by Kipling's delight in human eccentricities and the animal world, and based on bedtime stories he told to his daughter, these strikingly imaginative fables explore the myths of creation, the nature of beasts and the origins of language and writing. They are linked by poems and scattered with Kipling's illustrations, which contain hidden jokes, symbols and puzzles. Among Kipling's most loved works, the "Just So Stories" have been continually in print since 1902. Part of a series of new editions of Kipling's works in "Penguin Classics", this volume contains a General Preface by Jan Montefiore and an introduction by Judith Plotz exploring the origins of the stories in Kipling's own life and in folklore, their place in classic children's literature and their extraordinary language. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay. In 1882 he started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches and poems - notably "Plain Tales from the Hills" (1888) - which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. His most famous works include "The Jungle Book" (1894), "Kim" (1901) and the "Just So Stories" (1902). Kipling refused to accept the role of Poet Laureate and other civil honours, but he was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907. If you enjoyed "Just So Stories", you might like "Selected Tales by the Brothers Grimm", also available in "Penguin Classics".Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-09-02 In the first of two planned volumes, Wallace uses a mix of watercolor, crayon, pastel, and chalk to honor the wild invention and wilder language of Kipling's classic tales of anthropomorphic animals, adventure, and absurdity. Six stories appear-including "How the Whale Got His Throat" and "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"-and Wallace contributes four or so full-page images for each tale. The illustrations blend playfulness with arresting imagery, providing an enticing entry point for readers. In the fiery, sunset-hued opening scene of "The Elephant's Child," the snub-nosed elephant "with his 'satiable curiosities" gets a firm kick from his aunt Ostrich, while the camel in "How the Camel Got His Hump" is shown in skeletal profile as his impertinent "Humph!" is transformed into his trademark hump. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-09 HarperChildren's Audio continues its re-release rollout of classic backlist titles with Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories and Other Tales performed by the late British actor Boris Karloff. Just So stories include "How the Leopard Got His Spots" and "The Elephant's Child"; the "other stories" are tales from Kipling's The Jungle Book, including "Mowgli's Brothers." (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-27 The graceful prose and pungent humor of these 12 tall tales (which include such favorites as ``How the Camel Got His Hump'' and ``The Elephant's Child'') place them in the same league with such children's classics as Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. Kipling's verbal dexterity remains audible over time--even the openings of his fantastic fictions hark to a golden age of storytelling. Frampton's elegant, elaborately detailed woodcuts are attractive embellishments to this hefty 122-page collection. Stylistically, however, they are perhaps more suited to the tastes of adults than children, as they are neither as colorful nor as playful as the stories. They do not reach out and hook the audience in the distinctive, visually arresting manner needed to keep pace with this eminent author's topsy-turvy logic. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
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