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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book), originally published in 1902, offer 12 creation fables filled with lively language, humorous stories, and fanciful animals that are rendered in watercolor and pen-and-ink. It's an unusual and delightful read-aloud. It explores questions such as how the leopard got its spots, how he camel got its hump, how the elephant got his trunk, and so on.
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What's the story?
JUST SO STORIES explores many questions: Why do elephants have trunks? Where did the alphabet come from? How did the leopard get his spots? In these 12 creation fables the mysteries are answered in the most creative ways. Informal pen-and-ink sketches along with detailed watercolor paintings draw the viewer into this charming world.
Is it any good?
These stories, written in lyrical, sing-song, half made-up words, flow from the tongue in a way that delights both reader and listener. Designed to be read aloud, they are less successful as a read-alone. Rudyard Kipling wrote these stories for his daughter, and they're named Just So Stories because she wanted them "just so."
The captions to his black and white illustrations are whimsical and gently naughty. They elaborate on the story (and sometimes things that don't even happen in the story). This endearing style doesn't always work. In The Crab That Played, Kipling's showy language is sometimes more confusing than playful. But in How the Whale Got His Throat, every word is aptly chosen.
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