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The Jungle Book

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In the jungles of India, a pack of wolves discover a young boy. They name the boy Mowgli and protect him against dangers, including Shere Kan, the most savage tiger in the jungle. As Mowgli grows up, he learns the ways of the jungle from Bagheera the panther, the wise bear, Baloo, and other animals. Soon, he must decide whether to remain among beasts or embrace his own kin ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Stone Arch Books (first published 1894)
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Reading this book has been a really interesting experience, a little like stepping into a narrative time capsule. With several of the "classics" that I've read recently, I've had to keep reminding myself that people viewed women, other cultures and even facts through the lenses of their time, but this book was a pleasant surprise with it's loving portrayal of Indian culture, even if there was still an imperialistic British feel to much of it. The narrative voice was probably the most interesting ...more
Joye Fulgirl
As far as I can remember, I never actually read this whole book before, and I finally got around to doing so! I had not realized (or had forgotten) that it is more a collection of short stories than one continuous plot, and was slightly surprised that it was not all about Mowgli and his adventures. I do remember reading the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi when I was much younger, and was glad to still enjoy it now, but the fact that only about half the book is about Mowgli makes me wonder if the new m ...more
Kate Berry
I had thought that all the Jungle Book stories focused on Mowgli, or at least had Mowgli on the periphery, but that's probably just because of the Disney movie. Although unlike the other stories, which are separate and self-contained, the first few were about Mowgli. But then again, I have definitely read them all at some point in the past, so I guess I just forgot. The stories are a bit racist (both outright and faintly veiled - the monkeys seem to be a bit of a caricature or maybe I read too m ...more
This abridgement of The Jungle Book in graphic form was actually pretty good, in telling snippets of Mowgli's story, but the dangers of shortening a longer work were apparent. Gerardo Sandoval's artwork was very good on the animals, but only so-so on Mowgli, who appeared to be wearing dreadlocks [or tentacles:].
Not as silly as the Disney version, but still kid-friendly.
The version of the book I read was full of motivational stories about the love of family, having the courage to do great things and never letting the remarks of any one get in the way of your goal.
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