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Just So Stories

Wordsworth's Children's Classics

By Rudyard Kipling

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Format: Paperback, 144 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: b/w illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 January 1993
These witty stories were originally told by Rudyard Kipling to his own children. In them he gives fanciful accounts of how and why things came to be as they are. Generations of children have delighted to learn how the Leopard got his spots, how the Elephant's Child on the banks of the great grey-green Limpopo acquired his trunk with the help of the Crocodile, and the beginning of the Armadillos. Beautifully illustrated in black-and-white by the author, these delightful tales will hold the reader and listener spellbound.

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Author won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907

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Gr 3-6 Of all of the many past illustrators of Kipling's stories, only Kipling himself, in the first edition (Doubleday, 1902; o.p.), captured the Oriental tone of these stories. This ``more-than-oriental-splendour'' comes through in Salter's attractive edition. She has done a full-color, full-page illustration for each of the 12 stories, along with decorations for each title page. The illustrations are bold and stylized with a strong use of color, all set within richly patterned borders. They have a strong sense of Indian folk art, particularly in the gold, browns, wines, blues, and blacks that she uses. These are the sort of illustrations that draw readers in to study each detail. They form the framework for an attractive, well-laid-out format. This newest Just So Stories should serve as a fine introduction for another generation of Best Beloveds to this standard children's classic. Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library

The graceful prose and pungent humor of these 12 tall tales (which include such favorites as ``How the Camel Got His Hump'' and ``The Elephant's Child'') place them in the same league with such children's classics as Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. Kipling's verbal dexterity remains audible over time--even the openings of his fantastic fictions hark to a golden age of storytelling. Frampton's elegant, elaborately detailed woodcuts are attractive embellishments to this hefty 122-page collection. Stylistically, however, they are perhaps more suited to the tastes of adults than children, as they are neither as colorful nor as playful as the stories. They do not reach out and hook the audience in the distinctive, visually arresting manner needed to keep pace with this eminent author's topsy-turvy logic. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)

EAN: 9781853261022
ISBN: 1853261025
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.7 centimetres (0.10 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Peter on
 
This collection of short stories from the fertile imagination of Rudyard Kipling had fascinated me a young kid over 60 years ago, so I jumped at the opportunity to read them again. Once a kid, always a kid I guess!
The bargain basement price for this softback book from Fishpond makes it a 'steal', and it could always be recycled as a short-notice birthday present for the obnoxious kid of those friends who dropped by unexpectedly. However, I reckon it deserves to be given pride of place in your library, along with those other memory-stirrers from one's youth, like Treasure Island, Gullivers' Travels, Black Beauty and so on.
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Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling is perhaps his most popular work, though a childs book it is still well worth reading by the adult. These charming tales which would evoke nostalgia in almost any reader are notable classics which should be a part of any nursery collection.

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