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A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories Hardcover – 7 Oct 2004

4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA) (7 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763626295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763626297
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.6 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born to British expatriates and lived in India for many years. The time he spent there as a child and later as a newspaper reporter and editor greatly influenced his writing, including such well-known works as Kim, The Jungle Book, and Just So Stories. Kipling traveled the world, living in Vermont for several years, before settling in Sussex, England. In 1907, he became the first Englishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


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Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book, and the illustrations are fantastic; but as a lover of the original (I still have the copy my Dad received from his Uncle in 1943), I can't help but think 'What a shame'. It has been adapted for a more modern audience - but, in my belief, they have taken away some of the glories of the original to the detriment of the book.

What a shame that it only contains 8 of the wonderful 12 stories. I know that the four they have extracted are the harder ones to read and understand - but they are part of the beauty of the book.

Also a shame that they have replaced Rudyard Kiplings fantastically detailed and beautifully described illustrations with the works of contemporary artists, however attractive those new illustrations may be. I loved reading Kiplings instructions telling me how to colour his black, line illustrations - although I only ever coloured them with my imagination.

Don't buy this if, like me, you have fond memories of the original - as you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a beautifully illustrated version of a selection of old yet 'best beloved' stories - enjoy it!
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Format: Hardcover
This is quite simply a beautiful edition, illustrated as follows:
How the whale got his throat - Peter Sis
How the camel got his hump - Clare Melinsky
How the rinoceros got his skin - Christopher Corr
How the leopard got his spots - Cathie Felstead
The elephant's child - Loiuse Voce
The sing-song of old man kangaroo - Jeff Fisher
The beginning of the armadillos - Jane Ray
The cat who walked by himself - Satoshi Kitamura
It makes a great present because of the different styles; you can't go wrong as there is something for everyone to love.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, and the illustrations are fantastic; but as a lover of the original (I still have the copy my Dad received from his Uncle in 1943), I can't help but think 'What a shame'. It has been adapted for a more modern audience - but in my belief, they have taken away some of the glories of the original to the detriment of the book.

What a shame that it only contains 8 of the wonderful 12 stories. I know that the four they have extracted are the harder ones to read and understand - but they are part of the beauty of the book.

Also a shame that they have replaced Rudyard Kiplings fantastically detailed and beautifully described illustrations with the works of contemporary artists, however attractive those new illustrations may be. I loved reading Kiplings instructions telling me how to colour his black, line illustrations - although I only ever coloured them with my imagination!
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Format: Paperback
I've recently bought this for my young Aussie nephew, because my own children (now in their 20s) loved the stories so much. I'm relieved to hear that he is finding them huge fun - and so is his dad, who didn't know them as a child. The glorious language, the rhythm and Kipling's humour still stand the ultimate test of a 6-year-old audience, over 100 years after the stories were first published. The pictures in this new edition are beautiful and wonderfully colourful, but I can't help regretting the loss of Kipling's own illustrations a bit, my only reason for not giving the book 5 stars.
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You can view these stories for free as the text is out of copyright, however the illustrations make this a great edition. Language not appropriate for modern readers has been edited out and each story is illustrated by a different illustrator and in very different styles. I bought this as a teaching book and share some of the stories in assemblies for 5-11 yr olds. They seem to enjoy them.
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I bought this for my 5 year old who is animal mad! I love the silliness of the stories, the illustrations for each of which is done by a different illustrator. It is lovely to read to my son at the end of another busy day "In the high and far off times, O best beloved, ...."
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Bought this for us to read to my five year old grand daughter and two year old grandson as they have been used to these stories shown on children's TV known as Tinga Tinga tales from Africa and so far the book version has gone down well to the point that Martha is trying to read it herself.

The illustrations are not that vibrant, but they do the job OK and although this is a book that has been around for a great many years it still does talk to the new younger generation, in fact it talks to us all.
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Bought for my grand children who absolutely loved the stories. They delighted in learning lots of new words even though the prose was dated. They will value this book for ever. It took me back to my childhood!n
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