"Fans of Kipling's work will appreciate the new look and newcomers to the classic stories will be taken in by the bold artwork and approachable trim size." — Publishers Weekly
How did the rude Rhinoceros get his baggy skin? How did a 'satiably curious Elephant change the lives of his kin evermore? First told aloud to his young daughter ("O my Best Beloved"), Rudyard Kipling's inspired answers to these and other burning questions draw from the fables he heard as a child in India and the folktales he gathered from around the world. In this sumptuous volume, Kipling's playful, inventive tales are brought to life by eight of today's celebrated illustrators, from Peter Sís's elegantly graphic cetacean in "How the Whale Got His Throat" to Satoshi Kitamura's amusingly expressive characters in "The Cat That Walked by Himself." From one of the world's greatest storytellers come eight classic tales just begging to be heard by a new generation — and a visual feast that offers a reward with every retelling.
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|Product dimensions:||7.81(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.63(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born and spent part of his childhood in India, where he would later work for several years as a journalist and editor. The author's experience as an expatriate influenced much of his writing, including such well-known works as Kim, The Jungle Book, and Just so Stories. Rudyard Kipling enjoyed an early success as a writer of short stories and poetry, and in 1907 he became the first Englishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Table of Contents
|How the Whale Got His Throat||7|
|How the Camel Got His Hump||17|
|How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin||27|
|How the Leopard Got His Spots||35|
|The Elephant's Child||53|
|The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo||73|
|The Beginning of the Armadillos||85|
|The Cat That Walked by Himself||105|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful edition of these old favorite stories that are just as appealing and fresh today as they were many years ago. Here are eight stories illustrated by eight different illustrators in a very readable edition with large type, wide margins, and colorful illustrations throughout the text. These tales are especiallly goood for reading aloud. For kids of all ages, highly reconmmended.
When I was a child, these were bedtime stories my mother read to me. They were great then, and they are great now. This is a quality edition, and the wonderful illustrations do a great deal to hold a young reader's interest. I would recommend the stories for age four and up. These stories are individual and complete, which makes them perfect for little attention spans. Imagination can transport the reader to a richer experience, but these are darn good stories that will hold the attention of most readers. I think that anyone who reads these stories and investigates Kipling's other writings will find their lives enriched by the experience. His varied experiences in exotic locales, combined with a wry understanding of basic human nature, pack a punch that readers will never forget - and DO NOT miss Kipling's poetry!!
Bought as a gift (for an adult)...was very well received. A treat for the senses and the imagination...and hardcover. Bravo!