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Just So Stories (Puffin Classics) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141328398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141328393
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.4 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Today's children would do well to abandon their computers and iPods for an hour or two and read him" (Griff Rhys Jones Daily Mail)

"Weird and wonderful" (Daily Telegraph)

"Kipling was one of the greatest wordsmiths of the English language and these fables are told in a simple and irresistible manner. They're timeless" (Martin Bell Daily Express)

"The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling have always held a fascination for me, and doubtless sparked off my love of India" (H.M The Prince of Wales)

"Kipling is a writer for our times, and for all time" (Roger Moore The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PHILIP PULLMAN

'They sing in my head even now... What a wonderful storyteller/poet he was' Michael Morpurgo, Guardian

Have you ever wondered how the leopard got his spots? Or how the camel got his hump? Rudyard Kipling's witty and beautifully written stories explain these secrets and many more and introduce such memorable characters as the Elephant's Child, the Cat that Walked by Himself and the Butterfly that Stamped.

'Quite irresistible' The Times

ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR

See also: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Format: Hardcover
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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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2001
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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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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Format: Paperback
Incredibely funny, and so well told, the Just So Stories explain how everything, from the leopard's spots, to the alphabet, came into being. First read to me when I was a child, they grow better each telling and even now when I want something good to read my hand instantly wanders to this book on my shelf. Definitely recommended to children, teens, and adults alike, a super book all round.
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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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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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Format: Audio CD
I bought this for my nearly 6 year old son. He has really enjoyed listening to the stories. He can listen to several or just a couple of stories depending on his mood.
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