A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories

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In this gorgeous collection featuring eight of Kipling's JUST SO STORIES, each tale is illustrated by a different leading contemporary artist.

How did the rude Rhinoceros get his baggy skin? How did a 'satiably curious Elephant change the lives of his kin evermore? First told aloud to his young daughter ("O my Best Beloved"), Rudyard Kipling's inspired answers to these and other burning questions draw from the fables he heard as a child in India and the folktales he gathered ...

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Overview

In this gorgeous collection featuring eight of Kipling's JUST SO STORIES, each tale is illustrated by a different leading contemporary artist.

How did the rude Rhinoceros get his baggy skin? How did a 'satiably curious Elephant change the lives of his kin evermore? First told aloud to his young daughter ("O my Best Beloved"), Rudyard Kipling's inspired answers to these and other burning questions draw from the fables he heard as a child in India and the folktales he gathered from around the world. Now, in this sumptuous volume, Kipling's playful, inventive tales are brought to life by eight of today's celebrated illustrators, from Peter Sís's elegantly graphic cetacean in "How the Whale Got His Throat" to Satoshi Kitamura's amusingly expressive characters in "The Cat That Walked by Himself." From one of the world's greatest storytellers come eight classic tales just begging to be heard by a new generation — and a visual feast that offers a reward with every retelling.

Featuring illustrations by:
Christopher Corr
Cathie Felstead
Jeff Fisher
Satoshi Kitamura
Claire Melinsky
Jane Ray
Peter Sís
Louise Voce

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Well-known animal tales get a fresh look from eight contemporary artists in A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. Peter Sis, Satoshi Kitamura and Jane Ray number among the artists, illustrating "How the Whale Got His Throat," "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin." The illustrators' individual styles lend each story a distinct feeling. Fans of Kipling's work will appreciate the new look and newcomers to the classic stories will be taken in by the bold artwork and approachable trim size. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Always fun to read aloud, Rudyard Kipling's stories retain their appeal. This collection focuses on new artistic interpretations of eight of Kipling's stories. In "How the Whale Got His Throat" Peter Sis uses a navigational motif that is simple and effective. Clare Melinsky's Indian inspired artwork for "How the Camel Got His Hump" is colorful and lively. Vibrant tropical colors used by Christopher Corr capture the flamboyant and cunning characteristics of the Parsee in "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin." Cathi Felstead's collage plays with shadow and light in "How the Leopard Got His Spots." Louise Voce has captured the playfulness of the creatures in "The Elephant's Child." Jeff Fisher's bright colors and earth tones combine to create an Australian outback backdrop for "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo." Tranquil blues, greens and browns create the perfect atmosphere for the tortoise and the hedgehog in the transformation story of "The Beginning of the Armadillos." In "The Cat That Walked by Himself," Satoshi Kitamura uses earthy tones in an interesting mix of sophistication and simplicity. The variety of the art work makes this book a delightful feast for the eyes with a modern twist. It is sure to be loved by children and adults alike. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 to 12.
—Trina Heidt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763626297
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 193,311
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-­1936) was born and spent part of his childhood in India, where he would later work for several years as a journalist and editor. The author's experience as an expatriate influenced much of his writing, including such well-known works as KIM, THE JUNGLE BOOK, and JUST SO STORIES. Rudyard Kipling enjoyed an early success as a writer of short stories and poetry, and in 1907 he became the first Englishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Table of Contents

How the Whale Got His Throat 7
How the Camel Got His Hump 17
How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin 27
How the Leopard Got His Spots 35
The Elephant's Child 53
The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo 73
The Beginning of the Armadillos 85
The Cat That Walked by Himself 105
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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This is a beautiful edition of these old favorite stories that are just as appealing and fresh today as they were many years ago. Here are eight stories illustrated by eight different illustrators in a very readable edition with large type, wide margins, and colorful illustrations throughout the text. These tales are especiallly goood for reading aloud. For kids of all ages, highly reconmmended.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    Great fun for ALL ages!

    When I was a child, these were bedtime stories my mother read to me. They were great then, and they are great now. This is a quality edition, and the wonderful illustrations do a great deal to hold a young reader's interest. I would recommend the stories for age four and up.

    These stories are individual and complete, which makes them perfect for little attention spans. Imagination can transport the reader to a richer experience, but these are darn good stories that will hold the attention of most readers.

    I think that anyone who reads these stories and investigates Kipling's other writings will find their lives enriched by the experience. His varied experiences in exotic locales, combined with a wry understanding of basic human nature, pack a punch that readers will never forget - and DO NOT miss Kipling's poetry!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Beautiful illustrations!

    Bought as a gift (for an adult)...was very well received. A treat for the senses and the imagination...and hardcover. Bravo!

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