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The Jungle Book

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  57,399 ratings  ·  1,225 reviews
A classic story of friendship between man and beast.

Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. The adventures of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the snake-fighting mongoose, little Toomai and the elephant's secret dance, and Kotick the white seal are all
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published 1894)
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We are the masters of our planet, but we are not very good masters. We are, in the blunt phrase I saw a zoologist use the other day, a plague species. Sometimes, one feels the world would be better off without human beings. This isn't necessarily a counsel of despair or treachery. Our true loyalty should be not to mankind but to our genes, and most of those genes are to be found in other species who are far less destructive. It would almost be a relief if the beautiful and savage animals we shar ...more
No this is not your Disney movie - Kipling wrote a fantastic series of short stories, only a few of which include Mowgli. Baloo is not a lazy idiot, Kaa is not a bad guy, SherKahn is killed rather then run off, the wolves are not always the noble good guys... this is VERY different then our cotton candy Disney film. And so much more enjoyable for it.

Also included are the tales of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the Elephant Dance, and the White Seal. I would have to say that my favorite is Rikki Tikki Tavi, h
Rudyard Kipling’s _The Jungle Book_ is an enjoyable read. A collection of short stories, all of which revolve around the lives and troubles of different animals and the people who interact with them, it has a surprising amount of depth coupled with rather pleasant prose. The most famous of these stories are probably those that revolve around Mowgli, the jungle boy raised by wolves in India whose adventures with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther against the machinations of Shere Khan the ti ...more
Amber Tucker
Aug 13, 2010 Amber Tucker rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore children's lit fans
Lesson learned from this book: having been much- and long-beloved does not automatically make a book worth reading.
The only particular reason I picked this one off my shelf was the feeling it's a "classic" of children's lit, which I felt slightly ashamed of never having had a chance to enjoy – I assumed must be classically marvellous. (I mean, I don't know if I ever even watched the Disney adaptation all the way through. I was actually expecting all Mowgli stories. More than half are not, act
Lynne King
Two weeks ago I arrived at Aberdovey, a small seaside village on the Dyfi estuary in west Wales. So to discover sun, and thus an ideal day for the beach, I needed a book. Having no luck finding a bookshop, and minus my Kindle, the young man in the pub mentioned that the RNLI were selling books. So when I saw the smiling face of Mowgli on the cover of “The Jungle Book”, well I had to purchase it and also support the Lifeboats as they do such marvellous work.

I had read this collection of short sto
Olga Godim
Last time I read The Jungle Book was years ago, to my son, when he was a preschooler. I didn’t remember much before I started this read. It might be that I only read him selective stories, because my memory of the stories was sketchy. Mowgli – aye, all of them, even the ones included in the other Jungle book. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi – yes, of course. But I don’t remember ever reading The White Seal or a couple other stories, so my impression of them is fresh.
The entire book is simplistic on the surfac
This classic story by Rudyard Kipling, telling of the adventures of Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the jungles of India, gets the Ingpen treatment. That is, the illustrations are by Australian artist Robert Ingpen, who brings the animals to life in the best edition I have seen of Kipling's tales for children.

This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.

Kipling. His pen could write with a silver tongue. The sounds and denizens of the jungle come alive with his words. Now add th
Apr 06, 2008 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of stories about animals and/or jungle adventure
Shelves: classics
Lost in the jungles of 19th-century India (the book was first published in 1894) as a toddler, little Mowgli is rescued from the vicious tiger Shere Khan by an adoptive family of wolves, who raise him as part of their pack. The author's various species of jungle animals exhibit many traits and behaviors characteristic of real ones (Kipling was born and raised in India, and his setting is depicted with a deftness born of first-hand observation); but he also endows them with a culture and language ...more
Kipling pours fuel on childhood fantasies with his tales of Mowgli, lost in the jungles of India as a child and adopted into a family of wolves. Mowgli is brought up on a diet of Jungle Law, loyalty, and fresh meat from the kill.

"The boy could climb almost as well as he could swim, and swim almost as well as he could run; so Baloo, the Teacher of the Law, taught him the Wood and Water Laws. Then, too, Mowgli was taught the Stranger's Hunting Call, which must be repeated aloud till it is answere
Kelly Ferguson
You know you've been in grad school can't read a children's classic without analyzing its Orientalist perspective. To read this book then, you have to do that thing where you forget there's been advances in social perspectives and take Kipling as a product of his time—a British colonialist.

Now that we've gotten that over with, I was surprisingly spellbound by these tales of Mowgli and his jungle friends. Kipling had me in a thrall, and I wanted to believe this fantasy of being raised
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
A unique classic. Before you watch Disney, try reading the real thing. This is a wonderful book for young and old alike from the scary snakes to the crazy wicked monkeys to the terrifying tiger and the cool and powerful panther. This is a classic story that needs to be read.

Five stars. It's a hugh favorite.
This collection, including all of Mowgli's stories as well as Rikki-tikki-tavi, was culled from Kipling's original, two volume collection of jungle stories. I like the thematic continuity of this volume, and including the mongoose story as a capstone played very well to my young audience.

Mowgli's journey as a boy raised among wolves resonates on a deeply human and humane level. Kipling clearly stacks the deck in favor of the animals--at least those who operate according to the Law of the Jungle-
Reread from childhood; it is amazing to me how much a book like this instantly returns me to the feelings I had as a child. This book inspired many playtime fantasies of being raised by wolves and having to fend for myself, making me feel more powerful and confident than I usually felt as a shy middle child. I even had a black cat, Thomas, who I cast as Bagheera, to play along with me.

The poetry is my favorite part of the book, to be honest. I can't count the number of times I used the rhythmic
The first time I read "The Jungle Book" I was appalled by how far it was from the Disneyfied version I had expected it to be. I couldn't seem to wrap my mind around it and separate the long-held associations between the book and the movie - so I just gave up. Simple as that.

Upon reading it now several years later, I can finally appreciate the book for what it really is: a beautiful fragment of childhood-fantasies and adventures, intertwined with a very vivid cultural glimpse of Kipling's beloved
Patrizia O

«In considerazione del potere dell'osservazione, dell'originalità dell'immaginazione, la forza delle idee ed il notevole talento per la narrazione che caratterizzano le creazioni di questo autore famoso nel mondo»

Questa è la motivazione del Premio Nobel che fu attribuito a Kipling nel 1907. Il “Libro della Giungla” non mi sembra che rispecchi in pieno tale motivazione.
Ho trovato la scrittura di Kipling scorrevole e i racconti gradevoli, ma non particolarmente appassionanti. Sono storie ch
Faith Spinks
Of course I know the Disney version of the Jungle Book but when I came across it browsing potential Kindle titles I realised I had never actually read the Rudyard Kipling original. And since it was also free as a Kindle book it had to be done.

I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed The Jungle Book story and couldn't read it fast enough. Thankfully, sitting on a plane meant that sticking with the story really wasn't a problem. Even though the original story is in many ways very different to the
Duffy Pratt
I can hardly believe I did not read this book as a kid, and really all I knew of Kipling are a few poems and quotations, and his reputation (which may very well be undeserved) for being an obnoxious imperialist. I'm going to have to scold my parents the next time I see them. How could this not have been in my kids library?

Frankly the stories here are a mixed bag, but the best of them are quite wonderful. I especially liked the opening story, the tale of Mowgli being kidnapped by the Bander Log,
My thoughts to this book almost mirror what I thought when I reviewed Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson. These books were written a long time ago. I'm not perfect when I read books, especially older books as I often criticize the stories, the writing, etc. However, I'm trying to take a wider view of things. These books were written long ago. Thoughts and perceptions of what were right, wrong, acceptable and not acceptable were vastly different from today.

After reading this book, I read a
Eustacia Tan
Previously, I only knew about The Jungle Book if it was the Disney movie, which I didn't even watch. The show looked a little infantile and frankly, I didn't really get it.

Later on, I read and loved The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which I heard was based on The Jungle Book. Interesting, but still not enough to get me to read it.

Finally, I read The God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy. In it, they quoted The Jungle Book's "We be of one blood, thou and I". After meeting all these instances of
I feel almost like a traitor to the Children's-Book-Lover Club when I say this, but I hated this book. I can't really tell you any specific reason for it, but I thought it was stupid and boring and a waste of paper and time. I suppose it had a great moral about humans learning to honor wildlife and nature, and for that I have great respect for what this work has done for the world. But for me, someone already on that bandwagon, the book sucked. To put it eloquently.
The Jungle Book is a classic collection of children's tales. In this collection, Rudyard Kipling introduces his readers readers to beloved heroes like Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves and Rikki-tikki-tavi, the cobra-fighting mongoose. Kipling's stories are immersive, humorous, and highly enjoyable. Children should love things like the talking animals and the rapid pacing of most of the stories while adults should enjoy the subtle hints of grown-up humor Kipling incorporates.

In the end, I enjoyed
I loved 'The Jungle Book'. It was new to me because I had never watched the famous movie version of the story and didn't know it existed. The main characters were Mowgli (a boy raised in the jungle by wolves), his new parents (mother and father wolf), Shere Khan (the antagonist tiger who preyed on the weakest creatures), Baloo the bear (similar to a sheriff), Tabaqui (the jackal), Akela (the leader of the wolves), and Bagheera (the jaguar that helped Mowgli learn new things in the jungle). In t ...more
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a collection of short stories. There are three short stories about Mowgli, and there are then four other stories that are unrelated to him. They are each based on a different character and a different story. You have Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai, and Kotick.
The first three short stories of The Jungle Book revolve around Mowgli. Mowgli is a man-cub, abandoned by his parents and found by Bagheera. Bagheera took Mowgli back to the jungle to be raised by a wolf fa
Issie Cassidy
I decided to read this book because it was mentioned in another book that I was reading called the haystack. Because I didn't recognise the characters (I haven't seen the movie)I decided that I needed to read such a classic book.

This book completes the category "A classic book written before the 1950's". This book was published in 1894 and was written by Rudyard Kipling. This book has been enjoyed by tons of people around the world. Lots of people mistake the book for being a children's book bec
This book is actually a collection of seven short stories. This is not the Disney movie in book form. In fact, only three of them are about Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, etc., and those are quite different from the movie. After the first three, there is a story about a seal on an island in the Bering Sea, a mongoose in an Indian bungalow, a child who herds elephants, and a conversation between domesticated work animals about their various tasks. All of the animals in these stories are anthropomorphiz ...more
This classic story of a boy raised by a pack of wolves has lost none of its power over the years, but the Disney movie certainly doesn't do it justice. Mowgli's journey to manhood is so much more complicated than that depiction shows. He learns the jungle law from the vivid characters Baloo the bear and the panther Bagheera and he must fight the tiger Shere Khan, but the true story lies in his life as a misfit. Though he's raised in the jungle, most animals never accept him. Then when he returns ...more
This was an alright book, but it felt like it took a long time to read (it really didn't take that long). The pacing was alright, but compared to others I've read, it felt a little slow.
Mowgli was a nice boy, so it was sad when he had to leave the jungle due to them rejecting him. I was also sad when the men rejected him because he was able to speak to the wolves - he had just killed Shere Khan and then they were saying he was bad - what else do they expect when they know he was raised in the ju
Puscas Mircea
I really enjoyed it when I read it years ago .
An enjoyable collection of short stories, but I saw some faults. They were personal faults, at the least.

The White Seal and Toomai of the Elephants were my favorites, but I also enjoyed Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Mowgli's Brothers. At first, I am ashamed to say, but I thought this entire book was only Mowgli's story, because of the disney influenced ideas I had, but I soon knew the truth. This is actually my read for the Book Riot Challenge for a collection of short stories, unintentionally of course.
The Jungle Book. It was not something I ever wanted to read. Ever. I liked the Disney movie version just fine and had no desire to read the original story. Ever.

Yet I picked up this audio CD from the library when nothing else on the shelves seemed interesting. Good gravy was I ever pleasantly surprised. From the very first minutes my kids were enthralled. They didn't want to get out of the car (this is not normal for my kids, the car is the last place they want to be). They begged to bring the C
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."

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