Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

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From the start the story is intimately told. Kipling talks to us like an uncle reading to us at bedtime, calls us "Best Beloved". We feel he means it; he's at once on our side. He takes us on an adventure to the wilds of Africa, sets his tale among a family of all kinds of animals, creates a world where they all grow up together in harmony...
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How did the camel get his hump? Why won't cats do as they are told"? Who invented reading and writing? How did an inquisitive little elephant change the lives of elephants everywhere.

Kipling's imagined answers to such questions draw on the beast fables he heard as a child in India, as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the world. He plays games with language, exploring the relationships between thought, speech, and written word. He also celebrates his own joy in fatherhood. The tales were told to his own and his friends' children over many years before he wrote them down, adding poems and his own illustrations. They invite older and younger readers to
share a magical experience, each contributing to the other's pleasure but each can also enjoy them alone, as more jokes, subtexts, and exotic references emerge with every reading.

This fully illustrated edition icludes two extra stories and Kipling's own explanation of the title.
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About Rudyard Kipling

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Rudyard Kipling was best known for his later published novel, The Jungle Book and as a master of shortstories in his time. His writing chiefly took place in India and effectively supported the British imperialistic goals of the era. In the 1800s, much of India’s culture and customs were still shrouded in mystery and to readers back in London the landscape proved great fodder for short tales of horror, in particular, ghost stories. Varla Ventura is the author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, and a lover of all things strange, freaky, and terrifying. She is the curator of the Weiser Magical Creatures and Paranormal Parlor series of e-books. Visit her at varlaventura.wordpress.com.
 
Published April 2, 1998 by OUP Oxford. 303 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, History, Business & Economics, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Morpurgo on Jan 04 2013

From the start the story is intimately told. Kipling talks to us like an uncle reading to us at bedtime, calls us "Best Beloved". We feel he means it; he's at once on our side. He takes us on an adventure to the wilds of Africa, sets his tale among a family of all kinds of animals, creates a world where they all grow up together in harmony...

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