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Jungle Books

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  62,090 Ratings  ·  721 Reviews
Mowgli, the man-cub is brought up by wolves in the jungles of Central India. As he embarks on a series of thrilling escapades, Mowgli encounters such unforgettable creatures as Bagheera, the graceful black panther, and Shere Khan, the tiger with the blazing eyes.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1895)
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Edvin Tønder 14. Although some variations occur in different editions as they one way or another function as stand-alone stories.
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Aug 11, 2008 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Once again, I'm struck by the savagery that resonates throughout Kipling's writing. It would be so easy to think of The Jungle Book in a more Disney-fied light: talking animals, singing, the rhythmic cadences of a fairy tale or lullaby. But overarching all that is the ever-present reminder that the world of the jungle is a world of nature, red in tooth and claw. Mowgli is raised by wolves and instructed by Baloo for the explicit purpose of survival in a harsh world that actively seeks his d
Yeah, yeah, ignore the White Man's Burden stuff. Kipling is one of the best storytellers who ever lived, and neither the author's obnoxious politics nor a complete butchery of this wonderful wonderful story in its many terrible movie incarnations can take away the fact that the Mowgli stories of this and the Second Jungle Book are some of the greatest tales ever created. Read this, for real. It's a classic.
Feb 16, 2012 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, india, animals
A series of stories, mostly but not always set in India. I did not know when I first picked this up that not all of these tales feature the most famous character: Mowgli, the baby carried off by a lame tiger and rescued by wolves, who grows to be master of the jungle. (In this, he predates Tarzan by a couple of decades.) I remember reading some, but not all, of this book many years ago, but I remembered little of it, especially from the second book.

Some of the tales are well-known ("Rikki-Tikki-
Nov 23, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like adventure stories
I read this to Nick because I read it myself as a first grader. (Yes, I was a precocious reader.) Since I haven't even glanced at it in the quarter century of intervening years, it was interesting to come back to it.

In some ways I was disappointed as an adult reader. The formal, quasi-Elizabethan language the animals use to talk to each other struck me as pretentious, which I don't believe was at all my original reaction. There was that almost total lack of female characters that is almost inev
Oct 23, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I met Mowgli was when I was very small. I must have been only around two years old and I had watched the Disney film. I HATED it. But when I realized that it was based off of a book (when I was around five or six) I immediately went to the library and checked out both Jungle Books. It was then that I fell in love.
Kipling is very problematic racially and politically. Throughout these books it is easy to pick up on Kipling's inherent prejudice. Through Mowgli the reader is introduce
Walter Cholewczynski
A great collection of stories, of which the Mowgli stories are the best. Kipling writes about the jungle world with great respect for the natural knowledge of the animal inhabitants from whom Mowgli learns more than many do from their human teachers.
Jason McIntosh
May 15, 2013 Jason McIntosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really a beautiful collection of stories. Though the book somehow leaves out the inclusion of Baloo singing "the Bear Necessities" ... a gross oversight in my opinion.
Aug 15, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review covers both the first and second Jungle Books, which are included in this edition. These included a lot of material which surprised me.

I was not aware how much Disney altered the original material. Mowgli is so much more than a whiny git. Kipling's Mowgli is very much a proto-Conan. Kipling is more of a master of the action scene than Robert E. Howard, and the influence seems clear to me. Another clear influence is the discussion of civilization versus barbarism within the Jungle Bo
Mar 08, 2014 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-i
When I was little, I was read this book by my mother. It was a red book with gold lettering, and it still sits on my bookshelf. Still intact, still with its bright red color and its shining gold lettering. Yet I can't remember the book itself... I remember the feel of the cover; the almost rough surface felt pleasant between my two hands... Yet still, I can't remember reading it. I hope to read it again someday, but for now I will just imagine the golden lettering and the bright gold letters. Th ...more
Jaycee Lam
Jul 31, 2013 Jaycee Lam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Vì mình đọc bản Việt nên mình sẽ review bằng tiếng Việt.

Chuyện Rừng Xanh là một quyển sách thú vị. Mình rất thích câu chuyện của Mowgli dù cho nó có khác với phiên bản của của Disney, Mowgli của bác Rudyard Kipling rắn rỏi và linh động hơn cậu nhóc hay hờn dỗi của Disney rất nhiều.

Hai nhân vật Baloo và Bagheera vẫn là hai nhân vật yêu thích của mình dù là trong phim hay truyện, cả hai đều thể hiện được tình bạn sâu sắc của hai con vật đối với cậu bé loài người *chấm nước mắt*.

Bagheera, mình đã
Mar 15, 2016 Cristhian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-rc-grupo
Un clásico, por donde se vea.
Es, ante todo, una fabula, una de las más grandes jamás escritas y que, a pesar de tener más de 100 años, se antoja como algo que aún podría suceder dentro de un realismo mágico.

Este libro comprende todos Los libros de las tierras vírgenes (Libro de la selva 1, 2 y la historia de Hathi). Olviden la versión feliz con la que todos crecimos, la de Disney, esta es, crudamente, la vida en la selva y eso la hace maravillosa.


Sexto Piso tiene una versión ilustrada, por
Finalizando a leitura do Livro da Selva
Jochen De Vos
Dec 08, 2015 Jochen De Vos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Velen: 'Jungleboek is mijn favoriete film van Disney.'
Enkelen: 'Maar het is niet te vergelijken met het boek!'
Velen: 'Dat kan, maar Mowgli is zo lief.'
Enkelen: '.. en een moordenaar.'

In 1894 schreef Rudyard Kipling zijn eerste van twee 'Jungleboeken' waar hij de lezers voor het eerst liet kennismaken met het mensenkind Mowgli. Een jaar later, in 1895, verscheen een tweede verhalenbundel met daarin meer verhalen over Mowgli, maar net als in deel één, ook veel andere verhalen en liederen. Al snel
Classic Advenure

Both The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book are contained in one volume. I love rereading these books in the heat of Summer. It feels like India, and India is where most of the stores are set. The best known stories are the Mowgli tales. But some of the gems are the other shorts, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi about a mongoose, Servants of the Queen , in which pack and riding animals have a chat one night, Toomai of the Elephants watches them Dance, even an Inuit story of the North Pole. I
Evelyn Cuellar
Apr 29, 2016 Evelyn Cuellar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda me sorprendió la historia cuando la empecé a leer porque inocentemente esperaba ver algo parecido a las películas donde Mowgli es un niño dulce, tierno, valiente (algo así como Tarzán)... Baloo era un oso bonachón... lo que me encontré fue una historia real, directa, cruda como la vida y la sobrevivencia. Y si tengo que reconocer que se me hizo un poco pesada la lectura por alguna razón ya que es muy fluida la narrativa. Pero eso no es todo lo que encontré, ya que venían unas histori
Apr 25, 2016 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jungle Books… I was really iffy coming in whether I’d like this; never read Kipling before. At my favorite bookstore, I saw that they had one of the Reader’s Digest books that I love so much, but my dad said he had an old copy of this book, so I went ahead and went with the old copy (chiefly because it was free to me). Contrary to what I thought, it was more a collection of short stories than one contiguous tale, though Mowgli featured in several of them, and it chronically various episodes in h ...more
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic children's story that everyone should read at some point in their lives.
Laura Bowman
I wanted to like The Jungle Books more than I did. I think the biggest force against my enjoyment of the books was the structure. Kipling definitely has a knack for painting the scene in your mind, however, and I was able to read through it all, albiet, slower than I normally get through a book. Granted, my edition includes both the first and the second Jungle Books, so I ingested it all as one. As such, my review encompasses both.

Knowing Kipling to be a literary man, I tried to read deeply into
Apr 10, 2016 MollieVX rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This is a timeless collection of short stories. Before starting this book, I was not aware that all the stories are not about Mowgli. Many others I believe also think as I did. I enjoyed the Mowgli stories more than most of the others, the tale of the man child raised by the wolves is a fixed part of many of our childhood memories. It felt wonderful to visit those familiar character after so many years, although these books were written in the 1890s, a realization that comes only when you r
Nicholas Karpuk
In a really roundabout way, Kipling is responsible for you crying at Bambi (I didn't cry, I was just confused. The subtlety of the gunshot of camera didn't register. I spent the rest of the movie thinking Bambi's dad had gained sole custody. I was kind of stupid kid sometimes.) The Jungle Book is one of the early popular cases where an author so thoroughly anthropomorphosized animals.

It's really a smug assumption that fits well with the British imperial mindset of the book. In a position of safe
Aug 29, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grown up children and childlike adults

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Brennan Wieland
Mar 28, 2011 Brennan Wieland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to many of the Grimm Brothers stories, Disney has taken several of the stories from "The Jungle Books", and toned them down to a child's level movie, while the true story is much darker.

In "Mowgli's Brothers" a mother wolf finds a baby in the forests and adopts it, but not without trouble from the other animals, especially Shere Khan. Once the baby grows, he hears of a plan that Shere Khan has against him, and he must leave the animals and return to mankind. In "Tiger Tiger", the story t
Before Tarzan there was Mowgli, lost in a jungle in India as a child and taken in by a family of wolves. He is raised by the animals of the jungle, and has adventures with them. He learns loyalty and devotion and the Jungle Law. Every small boy eventually grows up but, to pararphrase Kipling, his adult adventures are a different story. Written in 1894 and 1895 the two collections of adventure/jungle/wilderness stories are included in one volume. Mowgli and his stories are the vast majority, but ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I've ever known really about the Jungle Book was confined to the film version, which is a far cry from Rudyard Kipling's original. My first surprise, was that this was an anthology, not just the story of Mowgli (but that is by far the best story in the collection). My next surprise came in the language of the story. Kid's read this?

This story did wonders to explain the gaps in learning, creativity. boldness, and initiative between previous generations and the current one. In the 19th century
David Caldwell
I only came across volume 2 in my local library.

This is not the Disney version. There is bloodshed and killing, but it is the violence of nature. In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, you have the young moongoose fighting the king cobras that had ruled the garden before he came. In The White Seal, seals fight for their spot in the breeding grounds and hunters culling some of the "bachelor seals". This isn't violence for the sake of violence though. It is just a fact of real life.In both of the stories it is off
Jan 20, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: booklovers, classic lovers
Shelves: at-home, on-my-nook
If your only exposure to The Jungle Books is the Disney cartoon, put that story out of your head before you pick this up. Mowgli's tale here is about 90% different than Disney's portrayal.

This is actually two books- The Jungle Book and the Second Jungle Book. Each of these books, is actually a compilation of short stories. Our friend Mowgli appears in many of them. But you'll also find Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the White Seal, and many others.

I don't usually care much for short stories, especially when
I liked these tales. These tales were very different from what I expected. They were darker than I expected with themes associated with dominance, power, submission, and superiority, inferiority... I guess these themes do fit in well with a I can't say that they were inappropriate. Sometimes I felt that shame was more associated with characters in the story than a regal sense of nobility..this really surprised me and I felt somewhat disappointed with this.. I did like the stories none ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't picked up my Kipling collection in a long time and references to it in "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" made me long for my old friends. Old friends in Rikki Tikki Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants, but new discoveries, too, as I had never read the real Jungle Book with its stories of the destructive Red Dog the heartbreak of The Spring Running and the lessons of Puran Bhagat. Here the wisdom, humor and fearsomeness of Bagheera, Kaa, Grey Brother, Baloo shine through as they cannot in a Dis ...more
Jackie Harris
2.5 or 3 stars. I thought I'd enjoy this book even more this time around, but I still feel the about same. The first two stories in the collection (the ones featuring Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan, Kaa, and company) are great, but generally the rest are OK but less engaging to me.
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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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“I will remember what I was, I am sick of rope and chains -
I will remember my old strength and all my forest affairs.
I will not sell my back to man for a bundle of sugar cane;
I will go out to my own kind, and the wood-folk in their lairs.
I will go out until the day, until the morning break -
Out to the wind's untainted kiss, the water's clean caress;
I will forget my ankle-ring and snap my picket stake.
I will revisit my lost love and playmates masterless!”
“A black shadow dropped down into the circle. It was Bagheera the Black Panther, inky black all over, but with the panther markings showing up in certain lights like the pattern of watered silk. Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path, for he was as cunning as Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than down.” 33 likes
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