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The Jungle Book (Children's Audio Classics) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“With jungle maps and spinning dials, this edition has more than just the bare necessities.” (Shelf Awareness)
“The 256 pages are brimming with lavish and lush full-color illustrations and nine interactive elements…this must-have collectible is unlike any edition currently being sold and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.” (Examiner.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Dramatised recordings of popular children's classic stories, performed by BBC radio actors, with music and sound effects.See all Product Description
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You do need a bit of patience in the beginning with Kipling, but he's worth it.
The kindle version is well formatted and easy to read, and the illustrations are lovely despite being in black and white. The link to the audiobook is on the last page.
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is one of the most beautiful books I've seen. Every page is like a small treasure, you look forward to see what comes next! Read morePublished 6 days ago by SUSANA
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This is a classic and we love it! I also love that it is not one of those books that is printed on demand. The layout is nice and the illustrations are included. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HooksAndRuns
Beautiful book with fantastic illustrations and lots of added extras. I only wish there were more in the collection!Published 1 month ago by Sas
Of course, we've all seen the Walt Disney version of The Jungle Book which is based on Rudyard Kipling's First and Second Jungle Books and yet, inside, the story is so much more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jaffareadstoo
This is an absolutely beautiful book. The drawings and colours are amazing. Perfect quirky present, I have bought two in advance for Christmas !Published 1 month ago by Glamazon14