|Just So Stories|
Kara Shallenberg and all
|Rudyard Kipling's stories have amused children for generations. His JUNGLE BOOK (1894) is infamous. JUST SO STORIES (1902) is a collection of folktales he created explaining the origins of animals, writing, and the alphabet in his own funny way. The stories were created as bedtime stories for his children.
Kipling takes you on a trip around the world with his silly "just so" fables. Enjoy your journey!
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FUN FACTS+ THE JUNGLE BOOK was the inspiration for the Boy Scouts.
+ Kipling won the highest honor a writer can get, the Nobel Prize.
+ In the original edition, Kipling did the illustrations, too.
+ Kipling goofed on his illustration for the elephant story. He drew an Indian elephant when it was supposed to be an African elephant.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in 1865 in Bombay, which is now Mumbai, India. He enjoyed a happy childhood with his family in India. Then he was sent away for school in England where he was miserable. Rudyard found comfort in his books, and let his imagination help him escape to far away places.
Kipling loved books so much that he grew up to become a writer. In fact, he was a famous writer who one many awards. One of his most famous books is THE JUNGLE BOOK (from 1894).
In the stories about the alphabet and the first letter ever written, a kid creates them both! In the animal stories, Kipling tells why whales don’t eat humans, why camels have humps, why rhinos are wrinkly and grumpy, how armadillos came to be, and also how leopards got spots, elephants got trunks, and kangaroos got strong legs. One story even claims that crabs control the ocean tides. Enjoy these funny stories!