Just So Stories
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Yang aku kagumi adalah cerita tentang terbentuknya kepulauan yang sekarang adalah Indonesia. Ternyata kepulauan itu -Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Jawa- te ...more
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 ...more
Namanya juga dongeng, kisahnya full imajinasi dan selalu menambah kahsanah kebija ...more
*Update 16 Juli 2012*
Is there any book that makes you want to repeat childhood? After reading this book, I wish I could go back being a child and listen to my dad or mom reading aloud this book while I’m tucked in bed, getting ready to sleep. I just love these twelve hilarious pourquoi stories Rudyard Kipling wrote, along with the poems at the end of every short story.
In the Indonesian ...more
Приказките на Киплинг са едно истинско, неподправено удоволствие за малки и големи. Великият британец е взел няколко мита от различни култури, ...more
My favorite stories are that of the 'stute Fish and the one ship-wrecked Mariner, with nothing on but a pair of blue canvas breeches, a pair of suspenders (you must not forget the suspenders, Best Beloved), and a jack-knife, who is a man of infinite-resource-and-s ...more
My favorite story was "The Cat that Walked by Himself", which illustrates the cunning nature and solitary confinement of every cat who has ever walked upon the earth.
The subtle elegance and whimsical feeling of Kipling's India will forever fascinate me, as it combines magic, hopefu ...more
Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- ...more
I've read this one a few times as bedtime stories to my three boys, and it's always great fun. What makes a book really good for reading aloud to kids is slightly archaic English, hints of a different time and place in history, quirky use of repetition, occasional funny words or names, and of course a good story. Kipling's Just So Stories has all of that.
You also get some very embarrassing comments about non-European ethnicities. I don't know enough about Kipling's biography to know if he was se...more
It is not designed to be 'read' it is designed to be acted and, as a consequence, should be treated like a script. To get everything out of it, you must be trying to tell the stories yourself as if you were trying to hold the attention of particularly curious and rambunctious children.
As quoted in the the preface:*
"The 'Just So Stories' are a poor thing in print compared with the fun of hearing them told in cousin Ruddy's deep unhesitating voice. There was a ...more