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Twelve stories about animals, insects, and other subjects include How the Camel Got His Hump. The Butterfly That Stamped, and How the Alphabet Was Made..
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Gramercy Books (first published 1902)
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Manny
How The Kipling Got His Reputation

Once upon a time, Best Beloved, when the world was middle-aged and good Queen Victoria sat on the throne, there was a Kipling. And even though he constantly had to carry around a White Man's Burden (an object, by the way, which he had invented himself, and very proud he was of it too), he was as happy as the day is long. And he would often stop for a moment, and sing a little song he'd written, which began
Mamma Pajama rolled out of bed and ran to the po-lice sta
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Jean
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, originally published in 1902, are perennial favourites, and can be read by adults and children alike. They are known as "pourquoi" stories; in this case fantasies about the origin of individual wild animals who live in different countries. The seed of the idea lies in the story "How Fear Came," within Rudyard Kipling's "Second Jungle Book" of 1895, when Mowgli hears the story of how the tiger got his stripes. It is possible this gave the author the idea for a w ...more
Brad
Apr 19, 2012 Brad rated it did not like it
What an infuriating book. I don't know what infuriates me more: that Kipling was a racist imperialist colonizer who believed firmly in white superiority and conveyed that in every word of these stories; or that Kipling is such a marvelous writer of the English language.

Kipling the colonizer, imperialist, racist, supremicist, had no trouble at all mugging the oral traditions of the peoples his people colonized to tell his "Just So Stories" to his Best Beloved. No trouble at all mimicking their vo
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Hana
Apr 09, 2016 Hana rated it it was amazing
An all time favorite. It begs to be read alive for the rhythm and poetry and the marvelous word-play. If you have no children to read it to it's time to volunteer at your library! I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite story, but I'll go with the Elephant's Child because like him my besetting sin is insatiable curiosity. I love the part about the 'Great grey green greasy Limpopo River all set about with fever trees..." but I've also learned enough about crocodiles to avoid putting my nose in danger ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
Okay, I just have a weakness for children's's stories.
Tom
Aug 27, 2008 Tom rated it it was amazing
The book that made me fall in love with storytelling. I still have my mother's hardbound edition, with marvelous color plates, published in the 20s. Kipling may have been a romantic apologist for the British Empire, but the man knew how to weave a spell in children's stories, and he can be quite playful and inventive with language. Just read the first line of any number of stories and you'll immediately understand his timeless appeal. My favorites are from The Cat that Walked by Himself -- "Here ...more
Kathy
Apr 07, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Great collection of short tales by a Nobel Laureate. Wish I had a child close so that I could have read it aloud. Fun stories, fun sentences, fun words.
J.G. Keely
Beautiful and wonderful. Works of genius by a man who freed himself enough that he could give himself up to that genius instead of trying to make sure that it came out perfectly. As pleasing as his other works are, none I've read can match the joy, humor, simplicity, and odd truth of these.

Like children's literature should be, these stories never lose their humor or punch. Despite some redundancy with actual myths and some cases of artificially lowering complexity for children and hence growing
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Nick
Jun 08, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories where funny, imaginative, and well written. I have read several reviews that talk about Kipling being Imperialistic, condescending, and a host of other distasteful names. But here's the deal...he wrote these tales in different times and they were written for his children. I think just judgments might be slightly anachronistic; however, I do think Kipling says some things that are grating to our modern ears and sentiments. I wasn't getting the whole "white man's burden" vibe that so ...more
Amanda
Mar 14, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Loved all the stories, but my personal favorite was about Elephant's Child. Sometimes 'satiable curiosity doesn't kill you; it gets you a very practical appendage with which you can spank your bossy Relatives and hove them into a wasp's nest. And let's face it, O Best Beloved, we've all had that impulse.
Jamie Collins
Oct 01, 2014 Jamie Collins rated it really liked it
These are such fun to read out loud, and I particularly like the descriptions of the illustrations.

My favorites are:

"How the Whale Got His Throat", featuring the small 'Stute Fish and the mariner of infinite-resource-and-sagacity wearing his suspenders (which you must not forget, Best Beloved).

"The Elephant's Child", who was full of 'satiable curiosity and who escapes from the croccodile with the aid of the Bi-Coloured Python Rock Snake on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River.
Jonathan Roberts
May 30, 2012 Jonathan Roberts rated it it was amazing
Just so stories
Written and Illustrated by Rudyard Kipling
The ‘Just So Stories’ are a collection of eccentric myths that Kipling created to tell to his children. There are twelve in total: most of which are fanciful revelations of how certain animals came to possess their distinguishing features. The characters are humorous and archetypal and most of the tales offer some affectionate caution and insight into the consequences of indulging those sinful traits such as sloth, greed and envy.
The origi
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Knjigoholičarka
Dec 07, 2015 Knjigoholičarka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: detinjstvo
Ako postoji knjiga koju sam do te mere besomučno čitala kada sam bila dete, da su joj se korice izdrocale u froncle, a tabaci se rasuli i stranice razletele, onda je to ova.

Nauči dete iz nje neke korisne stvari, što iz biologije, što iz sociologije - kako je leopard dobio svoje tačke, otkud nosorogu hrapava koža (i zašto je biti ljut isto što i biti bockav), otkud slonu surla, a kitu njegovo ždrelo i kako su smišljena slova za potrebe razonode jedne radoznale musave devojčice.

I naravno, shvatil
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e.c.h.a
Jul 09, 2012 e.c.h.a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
satu kata... KEREEEEEENNNNNNNNNN BANGETTTTTTTTTTT!!! eh itu jadinya dua kata ya hahahaha

Setuju banget dah kalau cerita-cerita dalam buku ini bukan Sekadar Cerita. Pokoknya nggak nyesel baca buku ini. Nggak peduli masih anak-anak, remaja, dewasa bahkan kakek-nenek, kisah-kisah fabel yang didongengkan Kipling bener-bener memikat hati. Saya saja senang membacanya, apalagi kalau anak-anak didongengkan dengan cerita-cerita ini, pasti nagih :)

Suka dengan ilustrasinya juga, ilustratornya sukses mengint
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Nadin
Nov 30, 2015 Nadin rated it did not like it
They always say: "Never give a child a book you won't read for yourself" and I agree. I will be reviewing as long as I go through this book, so here we are:

>> How the Camel Got his Hump?
A dreadful tale about a camel who is lazy that as a result, a genie makes humps for the camel, end of story. This is dreadful for a number of reasons:

1- The camel has those humps which are a miracle in its essence. The camels use it to feed and nourish because they are meant to live in harsh environments

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Kelly
Jul 22, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I cannot speak highly enough about these stories. I have been reading them to my kids since they were 3 years old and they never get tired of them. The language is rich and beautiful and a blast to read out loud. This book is an absolute must for your personal library.
Esther
Jan 08, 2016 Esther rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book which I reread recently, having looked at it in Year 6, as a child. Rudyard Kipling has such an interesting style of writing, often addressing the reader as 'Best Beloved', which I really like. Also each story really makes you think about different features of animals in more detail, and I remember enjoying lessons as a child where we wrote our own stories in this style. So for English: chn write a story in this style about how an animal got a certain feature. However I ...more
NeDa
Взех книгата от библиотеката, защото ми беше интересен новия превод на Галина Златина ( която в книгата е посочена като Злантина).
Предговора на Андрей Захариев към книгата, "разработена специално за младите читатели" и част от поредица, където "по-старите текстове са изчистени от най-неразбираемите думи и изрази" започва така:
""Проповедник и пропагандатор на британския империализъм" - това за думи на Джордж Оруел, великият британски писател, журналист и есеист. Как мислите, към кого е отнесено т
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Tweedledum
May 28, 2013 Tweedledum rated it it was amazing
How the elephant got his trunk was one of my favourite bedtime stories as a child and I was fortunate in having a parent who never tired of reading it. "The great grey greasy Limpopo river all set about with fever trees " created one of my earliest images of Afica and filled me with longing to visit.
Kipling was a master storyteller who knew exactly how to capture a child's imagination. As the elephant makes his leisurely way in search of the crocodile, leaving his grumpy and incurious relatives
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pierlapo  quimby
Jan 28, 2015 pierlapo quimby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglofoni
Queste storie sono proprio così, inutile domandarsi il perché di questo o il perché di quello, è questione di autorevolezza del narratore, la stessa inossidabile autorevolezza di cui si serve il genitore quando, nel raccontare alla figlioletta la favola più incredibile spacciandola per realmente accaduta, assume quel finto cipiglio serioso che soffoca sul nascere ogni possibile eccezione di inverosimiglianza.
Lise Petrauskas
Reading with Uzi. How The Leopard Got His Spots, The Beginning of Armadillos, and The Elephant's Child are the best ones so far. It's been so long since I read these.
Hope
This was a favorite read-aloud when my four sons were small. The silliness coupled with the rich language makes it an ideal way to introduce beautiful words.
Roberta
Carino! Mi è piaciuta particolarmente l'invenzione della scrittura e la sagace moglie del sultano nell'ultimo racconto
Alexander
Apr 16, 2009 Alexander rated it did not like it
Shelves: quarter-3
For me, Just So Stories was extremely boring. i do appreciate the creativity and the originality of each story though. the main reason that i did not enjoy the book was because the stories were told in a very uninteresting way. the language used was very dull and it did not help in grabbing my attention.

as you can tell by the title, this book talks about why animals do certain things that they do or why they look a certain way. i thought it would be interesting to read about how a leopard got i
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Tony
Aug 22, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok
JUST SO STORIES. (1902). Rudyard Kipling. **.
This particular edition was published simultaneously in 1991 by The Folio Society and The British Library, and incorporates the original illustrations done by Kipling for his original edition. The stories are told as to a young child (“O My Best Beloved”), which puts me in mind of the Golem from Lord of the Rings and his “My Precious.” I wonder if there is any relationship there? The stories are truly absurd, and in today’s world would hardly qualify
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Margaret
Oct 17, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade
How did the elephant get its long trunk? How did the leopard get his spots? How did the armadillo come to be?

These are all questions asked by Richard Kipling's daughter. She always told these crazy stories involving a far hopping kangaroo and many talking animals to her father.
When she died of pneumonia when she was young, Richard Kipling preserved these stories in a wonderful book of tall tales including pictures by himself. He included words that only his daughter would say like 'sposed or 'f
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Jenny Schmenny
Oct 31, 2015 Jenny Schmenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Rudyard Kipling was a colonialist ass. Also a gifted writer. His stories are earworms; my whole life I've carried some of his lilting, alliterative, magical phrasing. "Down by the banks of the great green greasy Limpopo...." "I am the cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me." Topic-wise they're animal creation myths. How the leopard got its spots, how the elephant got its trunk, etc, plus some crap about human gender roles.

I think of this sorta how I think of Peter Pan - problem
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Abduraafi Andrian
Baca ini cuma beberapa jam. Benar-benar hanya sekadar cerita. Seperti cerita yang menggambarkan bagaimana terbentuknya punuk unta, belalai gajah, dan lompatan kanguru. Jelaslah ini hanya cerita, tapi logikanya masuk di akal. Sesekali aku sempat berpikir: "Oh, iya ya. Benar juga." atau "Oh. Bisa juga mereka terbentuk dengan cara seperti itu."

Yang aku kagumi adalah cerita tentang terbentuknya kepulauan yang sekarang adalah Indonesia. Ternyata kepulauan itu -Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Jawa- te
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Stephen Curran
A collection of poems, illustrations and origin stories for children: how the elephant got its trunk, how the leopard got its spots, and so on. The story behind the rhino's wrinkles always disturbed me as a child: the great creature stripping off its skin only to find it filled with itchy cake crumbs when he slips it back on after taking a dip. I had completely forgotten this until now but the rediscovered memory is vivid.

There are two ways of reviewing the book. One, as an entertaining feat of
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mai
May 22, 2016 mai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: milik-pribadi
Pada suatu masa, saya suka ikut bepergian dengan nenek menggunakan bus antar kota antar provinsi. Biasanya saat bus itu masih menunggu naiknya penumpang di terminal, akan ada beberapa penjual yang naik ke dalam bus untuk menawarkan dagangannya. Beberapa penjual yang pasti diberhentikan oleh nenek saya adalah penjual permen pedas, obat anti mabuk dan penjual buku bergambar/tts/buku cerita anak yang biasanya dijual dengan harga Rp10.000/3 buku.

Saya ingat, saya suka sekali membaca salah satu buku y
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as
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“Of course the Man was wild too. He was dreadfully wild. He didn't even begin to be tame till he met the Woman, and she told him that she did not like living in his wild ways. She picked out a nice dry Cave, instead of a heap of wet leaves, to lie down in; and she strewed clean sand on the floor; and she lit a nice fire of wood at the back of the Cave; and she hung a dried wild-horse skin, tail down, across the opening of the Cave; and she said, 'Wipe your feet, dear, when you come in, and now we'll keep house.” 26 likes
“Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was: O my Best Beloved, when the tame animals were wild.” 11 likes
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