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Jungle Books, The (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

introduction and notes by Lisa Makman Rudyard Kipling
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13 Dec 2012 159308109X 978-1593081096
The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers quality editions of important works of literature at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, each featuring new scholarship and pages of carefully crafted extras. All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. The series pulls together a constellation of influences; biographical, historical and literary, to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (13 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159308109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593081096
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,492,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By A. Craig HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
...The Jungle Book [is] one of the most thrilling and vivid fantasies ever written. Forget about the [...] Disney version, in which Kaa is the baddie, this stuff makes your hair stand on end, it's so alive to what it must feel like to be an animal. Mowgli's arrival at the wolves' cave, pursued by the evil tiger Shere Khan, his upbringing by the wolves, his adventures in the jungle and attempt to go back to living among men is full of savagery and beauty and excitement. Interleaved among the Mowgli stories are other great animal tales - about Rikki Tikki Tavi the mongoose who takes on two deadly cobras living in an Indian garden, and fights them to the death; and about a white seal who finds the one place where seals can be safe.
You do need a bit of patience in the beginning with Kipling, but he's worth it.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-ignites the beauty of story telling 19 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having been of the target age when Disney's enterpritation of the stories of Mowgli game to the big screen I decided to track the source of the magical tale. This book doesn't just contain the stories that follow Mowgli's adventures in the jungle, and quite different to the Disney version they are, but many other exciting tales, everyone captivating for its entirety. Whether it is the moral issues that are raised throughout the stories, or simply the value of a great story that you are after, this book has truely stood the test of time with shining colours.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories, poor formatting 3 Feb 2011
By TopCat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hadn't realised until now that The Jungle Book is actually a number of short stories and songs or verses. The most familiar is the first, Mowgli's brothers, about the man cub raised by wolves who has to take on his sworn enemy Shere Khan. The next one is The White Seal. In this story Kotick the seal dedicates himself to searching for a new home for his fellow seals, one where they aren't living with the threat of man. The third is Rikki Tikki Tavi, about a young mongoose of the same name who takes on cobras to protect his adopted human family. Next comes Toomai of the Elephants which relates the experience of a young boy from a long line of elephant handlers who has a unique bond and a one off experience with the elephant his father handles. Finally come Her Majesty's Servants, which recounts the overheard conversation of a group of Army animals.

The language in places is archaic, and elsewhere exotic, reflecting the settings of the stories and Kipling's background. Throughout the stories the animals are given human traits and the tales are moral stories, reflections on human society or both. I don't think they would be an easy read for a young person primarily because of the language used, particularly in Mowgli's Brothers, but they do make wonderful stories I fully plan on reading my little girl when she's bigger. There are parts that might make some people uncomfortable, such as Mowgli's killing of Shere Khan and the aftermath, so I'd urge caution if you are thinking of these stories for very young children.

I particularly enjoyed Rikki Tikki Tavi, as the mongoose hero is such a lovely, funny character, and the conversation between the Army animals, as they discuss their different fears and strengths is wonderful.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Kipling has long since ceased to be a fashionable writer. Accused of being racist (for his time, class and background he was in fact highly liberal in his views) and jingoistic (he lived the days when loyalty to Queen and Country was still called patriotism), he has fallen out of favour with the literati. Despite decades of continual snubbing, his books live on and his poem, IF was recently voted by the British public as their favourite, unashamedly sentimental it may seem now but it still stands as some of the best advice a father could give to his son, which was how and why it came to be.
His books also have that ultimate mark of any classic, the ability to be enjoyed as much by grown-ups as by children. The jungle book is most probably familiar to the world now through the Disney cartoon, which bears all the relationship to the original book as Muppet Treasure Island does to Robert Louis Stevenson. The real book is much darker, much more dangerous, much more exciting and much, much more enjoyable. Kipling takes anthropomorphism to its artistic ultimate and, within the cadre of jungle animals reflects human characteristics both good and bad: the sagacity of Baloo, the wisdom of Bagheera, the nobility of Akela, the independence of Kaa, the rottenness of Shere Khan and the mindless brutality of the Dhole. Humans, by contrast, fare rather poorly being divorced from their surroundings and, unlike the jungle characters, are shallow and act with neither motivation beyond self-interest nor principle.
So impressed was Lord Baden Powell that he made this book the basis for the cub scouts (as he did with another of Kipling's masterpieces, Kim for the scouts themselves).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure 2 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My nine-year-old daughter is in the scouts and wanted to read this. We both chose this version on the strength of the illustrations we saw in the Look Inside feature, and we weren't disappointed. It's a weighty book and a challenging read for a nine-year-old, but its size and weight together with the quality of the illustrations have led her to say 'This is my treasure'. It's clearly very special to her. She loves curling up with it on the sofa, reads it whenever she can and loves talking about it. Definitely a good choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story about a boy in the jungle and adapting to survive.
Published 2 days ago by PottieOne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, quick delivery.
Published 7 days ago by cornel benedict westfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a must have
Published 19 days ago by Helen RobInon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good
Published 19 days ago by Amy
3.0 out of 5 stars The Jungle Book-Adam Curran
The book contained some very good narratives for each chapter I had read. I enjoyed reading the chapters about a lost boy called Mowgli in the jungle and a Mongoose called... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ian and Linda..
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
For those who don't think that Kipling is simoly a Milliarist
Published 23 days ago by DM SHERWOOD
1.0 out of 5 stars shame, not original Kipling text
Very disappointed. Expected book of R. Kipling and not retold and by Holliwoodish voices. It should be stated that the audio record is not of original but retold text. Read more
Published 25 days ago by L. Gerzon
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice looking classic
Very nicely presented with the striking cover. I bought this for my granddaughter so that she could see, now that she is old enough, where the rather cute Disney stories come from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Seaside Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book for my young granddaughter to treasure. The illustrations are stunning.
Published 1 month ago by BiffyB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK
Published 1 month ago by des29
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