The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories
By Crystal Stone,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Classic story retold with vivid sound effects; some violence
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes are meant to entertain young listeners with storytelling and enthusiastic narration. Some stories could teach listeners about friendship, acceptance, and the art of storytelling and writing as each story is vivid in description and features moral lessons.
Some negative messages, such as discussions of hunting weaker animals, not accepting cubs who are different, and at times harsh arguments between other animals within the jungle. However, as with the classic The Jungle Book stories, each story is meant to teach a lesson within it about acceptance and many of the wolves do learn to love and accept Mowgli (the man cub). Positive messages about growing up, learning, and adventure.
Positive Role Models
Mowgli and the wolves raising him prove to be positive role models for others as they encourage loving each other despite their differences, learning from one another, and leading. The father and brother wolf teaches Mowgli about survival and safety.
Although these classic stories are based in the jungle, the animals are each diverse in their own ways and talk about their differences in ways of celebrating their uniqueness. Though, diversity is not necessarily a central part of any of the stories. However, the voice actors within the stories are diverse in their perspectives and backgrounds to provide listeners with more inclusive narration.
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Violence & Scariness
There are some parts within the stories that may be scary for younger children, as they sometimes discuss hunting, killing, or eating other animals.
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Some use of name calling between siblings, but usually for comedic effect.
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Products & Purchases
Although there are no ads, to listen to any episodes listeners must purchase a subscription or free trial.
Parents Need to Know
Parents Need to Know that THE JUNGLE BOOK: THE MOWGLI STORIES podcast features stories straight from the original stories of author Rudyard Kipling. These classic stories are retold with vivid descriptions, sound effects, and voice actors to make these stories come to life for listeners. Due to the nature of some of the original stories, there are some descriptions within the stories discussing hunting, killing animals, and blood. Parents should listen with younger children if they are worried some parts of episodes may be too scary or violent.
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What’s It About?
In THE JUNGLE BOOK: THE MOWGLI STORIES, voice actors and narrators retell the classic Jungle Book tales with sound effects and descriptions that push listeners' imaginations to create the scenes in their head. Episodes star Mowgli, the man-cub who was found by wolves living in the jungle, as he learns to survive and navigate the many adventures and chaotic situations he finds himself in.
Is It Any Good?
The storytelling is descriptive and the voice actors, narration, and sound effects make each adventure with Mowgli come to life. The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories is an entertaining podcast for kids and adults as they retell the classic stories from Rudyard Kipling. Episodes are quick and could be great to listen to in the car or as you're getting ready for bed. However, because episodes require a subscription to listen, they may not be accessible for all who want to listen to these classic tales.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how in the beginning of The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, many of the animals were unsure about accepting a man-cub into their pack. However, some wolves stood up for Mowgli (the man-cub), believing they should take care of him. What does this teach you about embracing others who are different than us? Do you have a story when you felt different from those around you?
Episodes feature sound effects such as animal noises, raining, and other nature-like sounds from the jungle. How do sound effects help the story that is being told? What images does it create in your head as you listen?
When listening to content that at times turns to violent themes such as hunting or kidnapping, it is important to know what is too much for you. How did these moments make you feel, such as when Mowgli was kidnapped? Were there any moments that were too intense? Why is it important to recognize when these moments frighten us?
- Release date: July 4, 2018
- Genre: Storytelling
- Average Run Time: 20 minutes
- Website: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Jungle-Book-The-Mowgli-Stories-Podcast/B08GC7YCV5
- Host: N/A
- Publisher: Audible Original Podcast
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (Subscriptions required to get access to full episodes, some free trials available. )
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Wild Animals
- Last updated: February 27, 2023
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