And here they are, one of the many versions anyway. It's my favourite because while Johnny Morris and Toni Morrison are splendid tall story tellers, for me, best beloved, Geoffrey Palmer's dry dismissive take-it-or-leave-it tone hits the spot. 'How the Camel Got His Hump' and 'The Elephant's Child' are plain sailing, but 'The Cat That Walked By Himself' is as mystical as Mount Kailas. It needs careful attention, as indeed do clever cats spitting 'huh!' and 'nenni!' and walking by their wild lone. Definitely five stars. --Guardian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Find out why the rhino is so wrinkly and the cat so contrary. Kipling's weird and wacky stories are a must-read for everyone intrigued by the oddities of animals --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
'Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was'
Have you ever enquired why the elephant has such an enormously elongated nose? Are you confused by a cat's contrary nature? Have you ruminated on the wrinkles of a rhinocerous? Or speculated on a leopard's spots? Rudyard Kipling wondered about all these things too, and in this marvellous collection of stories he imagines how the animals became 'just so'.
BACKSTORY: Find out why Just So Stories is one of Philip Pullman’s favourite books and discover wacky facts about wild animals!
Turn to page 75 to see the Elephant's Child having his nose pulled by the Crocodile!--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, in 1865. He was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1907, and wrote some of the best-loved books for children, including The Jungle Book. Robert Ingpen was born in 1936 in Geelong, Australia. In 1986, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his contribution to children's literature and has been honoured with Membership of the Order of Australia. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.