on 16 February 2012
The Just So Stories are lovely classics, but they are rather inaccessible to younger children. The Victorians did like to warble on at length, and Kipling's illustrations are sparse and not his strongest feature. This excellent series by Shoo Rayner faithfully preserves the familiar phrases we all love but makes the telling more succinct and accessible to a five year old, and adds more and better pictures. They are terrific.