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Just So Stories (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) [Hardcover]

Rudyard Kipling
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29 Oct 1992 Everyman's Library Children's Classics
Kipling began these stories in Vermont, to amuse his daughter when they were living in his wife's home town. The comic explanations, such as "how the camel got his hump" and "how the whale got his throat", are complemented by the author's illustrations, with their extensive and ridiculous captions.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Childrens Classics; New Ed edition (29 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857159063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857159066
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay in December 1865. He returned to India from England shortly before his seventeenth birthday, to work as a journalist first on the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, then on the Pioneer at Allahabad. The poems and stories he wrote over the next seven years laid the foundation of his literary reputation, and soon after his return to London in 1889 he found himself world-famous. Throughout his life his works enjoyed great acclaim and popularity, but he came to seem increasingly controversial because of his political opinions, and it has been difficult to reach literary judgements unclouded by partisan feeling.

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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 Audio CD edition.

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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.

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229 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and enjoy ( and remember Animal Magic!) 15 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'd always enjoyed being read and later reading myself the Just So Stories. With children of my own I started them on these stories and having a cd of them means we can enjoy them on the move. The joy of hearing Jonnie Morris' super animal voice characterisations just adds to the enjoyment - takes me back to watching Animal Magic - deep joy!
Four year old daughter enjoys listening to the stories but my nine year old son has become a great fan - this now regularly is on his cd player in his room.
Buy this and you'll all be able to listen together and enjoy.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously humorous 8 Jan 2001
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
These stories are tremendous. I can't wait to share them with my daughter. They made me laugh with delight and are just chock full of quirky, off beat humour that seems so modern considering when they were written. They are filled with images to fire the imagination and the complementary illustrations are fabulous, although in this edition somewhat difficult to see on occasion. A must read for everyone.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that begs to be read aloud 10 Mar 2001
Kipling's classic volume of stories concerns the great questions of history; How the Whale got his Throat, How the Camel got his Hump, How the Alphabet was Made and many other thorny dilemmas. The language is sophisticated yet often whimsical and children love to hear the words read aloud. It is tempting to scan ahead and change things, substitute more contemporary phrases for the old but, if you can, resist the urge. Kipling was a master of the language. His writing is balanced and fluid and while it may seem dated when taken piece by piece, its sum is far greater than its parts. Read The Cat that Walked by Himself and you will never look at your own pet in quite the same way again.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just So Good 8 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My 3 and 5 year old boys love listening to these Just So Stories in the car or in bed. The stories themselves are engaging and entertaining and Johnny Morris reads them very expressively, as those of us who grew up watching him on TV would expect. I would have rated it 5 stars but felt that there could have been more of the Just So stories on the disc.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, beautifully told, 31 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is probably marketed to families with young children but both my 19yr old son and I really enjoyed listening in the car as a change from music. The stories are familiar to me at least but to hear them read by Johnny Morris was a delight. His marvellous voice and pace and ability to produce different appropriate voices for the animals and people in the stories really brought them to life, and the simplicity and repetition in the stories makes perfect sense when you hear them like this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 16 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you loved listening to Johnny Morris then this is for you. The way he reads the stories is great. Even my son (8) loves listening to them and he hasn't a clue who Johnny Morris is!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just so stories 8 Jun 2008
This is a beautiful book with amazing illustrations. Great for bedtime reading for children and adults like!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio Cassette
The Just So Stories are a real pleasure to listen to. Tony Robinson, with his fantastic range of voices and tones brings to life a host of wonderful characters : man, woman and beast. Kipling's poetic language is thoroughly enjoyed and absorbed by my five year old son who requests the tape for every car journey, at bedtime, first thing in the morning (our first lie-in in years)and even of a rainy afternoon.He quotes lines from "How the whale got its throat", adores the story of the first cat "who walks by himself and all places are alike to me" and frequently comes out with gems of information about the pull of the tides and such like.This audio tape is great value for money giving two and a half hours of stories and poems with short well composed musical interludes. It is a far cry from those awful singalong tapes and is full of humour and interest that is enjoyed by the adults as much as the children.It makes a wonderful gift for any child and is a welcome distraction from the lure of t.v. and playstation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic childrens stories
every child needs classic stories to be read to them, this is the book for my grandchild she loves them
Published 15 days ago by lynn keane
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
These are great stories, superbly read by Geoffrey Palmer. His droll and ironic voice are perfect.and bring the characters to life. The music between the stories is delightful. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Doug
1.0 out of 5 stars Just so stories Rudyard Kipling
Brilliant stories tell you all about how the Cat walked by himself but just remember there just so stories. Incredible
Published 18 days ago by jane barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
good short stories there are short verses with rhymes and children will enjoy them and should learn Morales from some stories it's also one I had read at School and I think it... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another magical book
Yet again another magical book from Dad's bookcase that I used to read and still dip into. You can just drift away into a magic land far away and be lost in magical... Read more
Published 20 days ago by DaveC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I first read "Just So Stories" as a boy and on re-reading recently I was pleasantly surprised how much more I got from the book and stories from an adult perspective. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bruce Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to like?
Great collection of stories for a great price and instantly on the kindle. Bought for 8 year old daughter and she is really enjoying reading them.
Published 28 days ago by Mumof2
5.0 out of 5 stars stories from childhood
I bought this as I thought my granddaughters might sit and listen to me telling the stories. I loved the stories when I was a teenager so I also thought I would read them all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Introduction to Kipling for my grand daughter (7). She is an inveterate reader and now reads some great literature. She can't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Iain Girling
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Bought this as my sister had it when we were kids. Am now reading it to my son. He enjoys the stories.
Published 1 month ago by Rae69
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