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Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling - Author

Judith Plotz - Editor

Judith Plotz - Introduction by

Jan Montefiore - Editor

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ISBN 9780141442402 | 368 pages | 21 Sep 2011 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The Camel gets his Hump, the Whale his Throat, and the Leopard his Spots in these bewitching stories that conjure up distant lands, the beautiful gardens of splendid palaces, and the jungle and its creatures. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's delight in human eccentricities and the animal world, and based on bedtime stories he told to his daughter, these strikingly imaginative fables explore the myths of creation, the nature of beasts, and the origins of language and writing. They are linked by poems and scattered with Kipling's illustrations, which contain hidden jokes, symbols, and puzzles.



Chronology

General Preface

Introduction

Note on the Text

Further Reading


JUST SO STORIES

How the Whale got his Throat

How the Camel got his Hump

How the Rhinoceros got his Skin

How the Leopard got his Spots

The Elephant’s Child

The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo

The Beginning of the Armadilloes

How the First Letter was Written

How the Alphabet was Made

The Crab that Played with the Sea

The Cat that Walked by Himself

The Butterfly that Stamped

Appendix: Two Additional Stories


Notes