The Jungle Book: A collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book: A collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling

by Rudyard Kipling


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The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India; one place mentioned repeatedly is "Seonee" (Seoni), in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

A major theme in the book is abandonment followed by fostering, as in the life of Mowgli, echoing Kipling's own childhood. The theme is echoed in the triumph of protagonists including Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal over their enemies, as well as Mowgli's. Another important theme is of law and freedom; the stories are not about animal behaviour, still less about the Darwinian struggle for survival, but about human archetypes in animal form. They teach respect for authority, obedience, and knowing one's place in society with "the law of the jungle", but the stories also illustrate the freedom to move between different worlds, such as when Mowgli moves between the jungle and the village. Critics have also noted the essential wildness and lawless energies in the stories, reflecting the irresponsible side of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782956882244
Publisher: Les Prairies Numeriques
Publication date: 06/26/2019
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His fiction works include The Jungle Book — a classic of children’s literature — and the rousing adventure novel Kim, as well as books of poems, short stories, and essays. In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Mowgli’s Brothers
  2. Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack
  3. Kaa’s Hunting
  4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log
  5. “Tiger! Tiger!”
  6. Mowgli’s Song
  7. The White Seal
  8. Lukannon
  9. “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”
  10. Darzee’s Chant
  11. Toomai of the Elephants
  12. Shiv and the Grasshopper
  13. Her Majesty’s Servants
  14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals

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