The Mowgli Stories: From Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

The Mowgli Stories: From Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling, Nicola Bayley
     
 
Kipling's classic Mowgli tales spring to new life with the help of stunning artwork by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Bayley.

First published over a century ago, these three unabridged stories from THE JUNGLE BOOK about the man-cub, Mowgli, have delighted adults and children ever since. The stories tell of Mowgli's upbringing among the wolves; his lessons in

Overview

Kipling's classic Mowgli tales spring to new life with the help of stunning artwork by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Bayley.

First published over a century ago, these three unabridged stories from THE JUNGLE BOOK about the man-cub, Mowgli, have delighted adults and children ever since. The stories tell of Mowgli's upbringing among the wolves; his lessons in the Law of the Jungle from Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Kaa the python; his kidnapping by the Monkey People; and his clash with the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Illustrated in striking full color and exquisite detail by award-winning artist Nicola Bayley, this is a book to treasure forever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story offers a trio of unabridged tales by Rudyard Kipling from his The Jungle Book, and stars the man-cub-his rearing by wolves, Baloo the bear imparting instructions to Mowgli as to the Law of the Jungle and more. Nicola Bayley's framed full-page and inset illustrations do justice to the animals of the forest; each whisker or paw seems realistic enough to touch, yet she endows them with an intelligence that makes their communication with the human hero seem possible and probable. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Three classic stories about Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves, are beautifully illustrated in this new edition. It is hard to believe that the pictures were done in colored pencil, they are so intricate and alive. Mowgli threatens Shere Khan with a blazing torch; flies through the branches with the Bandar-log, the Monkey-People; and curls up with his loving teachers Baloo, the bear, and Bagheera, the black panther. Artwork down the center of each spread highlights the text of three tales: "Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!" Six songs of the jungle are featured, including "Night-Song," "Hunting-Song," and "Road-Song." This hardcover edition would make a good gift for fans of Rudyard Kipling's stories as the illustrations put a new face on a familiar classic. Mowgli's upbringing in the jungle, his foray into the world of men, and his return to his true home and victory over Shere Khan are brought to life in the artwork. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Mary Loftus
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Three stories-"Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!"-and six of the poetic songs from Kipling's classic work are accompanied by painterly illustrations. Floral-patterned borders decorate the gutter of every spread, drawing the eye to what is customarily an empty space. A combination of detailed miniature drawings and small framed paintings is strategically placed throughout the text. As is typical of Bayley's style, the masterful use of light, detail, rich color, and texture creates striking and evocative visual effects. The images of the tiger are especially expressive. Unfortunately, the decorative layout and small size of the images don't fully capture the lush setting and drama of Mowgli's adventures. Still, this is a beautifully designed book. Jerry Pinkney's The Jungle Book (HarperCollins, 1995) is another visually appealing version that includes 18 of Kipling's original stories.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Printed on heavy, coated stock, with wide floral borders adding further notes of luxury, these three complete tales from Kipling's classic, with attendant verses, get both sumptuous packaging and a generous helping of small, finely detailed illustrations. This treatment not only captures the action and exotic locales, but, most expressively, the power and beauty of the wolves, Bagheera, Balloo and the other animals among whom young Mowgli is raised. As always, Kipling's measured prose and poetry is a treat to read alone or, especially, aloud; here the story of Mowgli's education in the Law of the Jungle, his first try at living among humankind, his kidnapping by the Monkey People, and his triumph over the tiger Shere Khan will keep young audiences rapt. An ideal replacement for the edition of these tales illustrated by Inga Moore (1992), and other edited versions. (Fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763623173
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/10/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.77(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India and spent his early childhood there. He was educated in England but returned to India in 1882 and began writing short stories and verse, before settling in England in his early twenties. The most famous writer of his time, he wrote many popular works for adults and children and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. THE JUNGLE BOOK was first published in 1894.

Nicola Bayley is one of England's bestloved artists. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books for children, including KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT, by Gretchen Woelfle, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London.

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