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Rikki Tikki Tavi

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A classic story from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, adapted and illustrated by award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney, this is the tale of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a fearless young mongoose.

Soon after a flood washes Rikki into the garden of an English family, he comes face-to-face with Nag and Nagaina, two giant cobras. The snakes are willing to

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Ideals Publications (first published 1894)
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Sommer Melody
Are you serious, this is the book that made me a book nerd. The cobra's were so scary to me when my mother would read this book to me. Oh and the movie, even scarier with those glowing cobra emblems on their heads. Poor ricki, so brave.

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is one of the stories in The Jungle Book, now in the public domain and free, via Project Gutenberg. The plot may be too scary or sad for some, but yet I am heartened to see kids reading a few stories that are not sugar-coated.

This story is so vivid. The mongoose almost pops from the pages. Excellent characterization of this fierce critter. Kipling develops traits of curiosity, courage, determination, intel...more
So Kipling was an imperialist. Who cares? This is one of the greatest short stories ever written. I know, I know. Everyone raves about Mowgli. Forget him - Rikki-Tikki-Tavi all the way. Why Disney didn't make this one into a movie, I don't know. I can still remember the first time I read this.

Kipling's tale is about young mongoose who must protect his family. Think cute and cuddly, but with sharp teeth. A perfectly thrilling tale.
Well, I can't say how much I actually "enjoyed" this story but it was well told. This is the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a brave mongoose who protects an English family in India by waging war with the cobras in the garden. The animals in the story are vibrant characters and I like that a few divergent points of view are raised (such as, if the mongoose eats cobra eggs, why is it not fair for the cobras to eat bird eggs; if a mother bird wants to protect her babies, why shouldn't a mother cobra tr...more
John Yelverton
Far less well known than "The Jungle Book", but in my opinion, it is a much better story.
Shanna Gonzalez
There are two schools of thought regarding illustrated adaptations of literary classics. One school holds that stories that are simplified for early listeners can be ruined in the process, because the listener's first experience doesn't contain the beauty and depth of the original. The second school holds that well-written adaptations can serve as stepping-stones to original works, making them more accessible. I am still between the two camps, but in making decisions about specific classic title...more
Patricia Hamill
This classic tale, featured originally in The Jungle Book, tells of the brave battle of Rikki-Tikki the mongoose against the deadly cobras, Nag and Nagaina. Rikki-Tikki is swept away from his family by a flood and finds himself a most welcome guest of a human family.

I remember reading this once in school, though I can't remember exactly when, and I was happy to come across it for free on Amazon. It's actually quite an exciting tale, though perhaps a little scary. The snakes, Nag and Nagaina, are...more
Rikki Tikki Tavi, written by Rudyard Kipling, is an enthralling tale of bravery and heroism. It involves a mongoose who battles against numerous enemies in his quest to protect his adopted family. The mongoose is taken in by an English family living in India. A mongoose’s motto is, ''Go and find out,'' and the curious Rikki adopts the house and the family as his own. In return for their kindness, he protects them from two King Cobras, Nag & Nagaina. Rikki almost feels it his duty to protect...more
I would have given this book 5 stars but I HATE SNAKES. So, with that in mind, I would like a mongoose as a pet if they truly do have the personality told in the story. But I think I would have to have snakes for him to fight off, so maybe not. The version I read was illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and that was a true pleasure in and of itself. He writes a wonderful story of his coming to illustrate these types of books on the last page of the book. I am so enjoying rereading or reading for the fir...more
Kyle Nicholson
I think that this book was very action packed and interesting. It started with the scene where Rikki was washed away by a huge storm. Then, he was taken in by a family which he loved a lot. After getting used to them, Rikki takes a stroll in the garden where he learns about the dictating cobras that are feared by every animal, but Rikki is determined to conquer them and end the generations of dictating cobras. That day he gets attacked by both of the cobras, but luckily servives. You might have...more
Barbara Mojica
This is a story taken from The Jungle Book with which many adults are familiar. It involves a young boy named Teddy and his family who rescue a mongoose named Riki Tiki-Tavi. This poor creature has nearly drowned near their bungalow in Segowlee. The mongoose is an animal known for its tenacity, and Riki will prove his worth to the family who has adopted him.

The reader first learns of Riki’s rescue and the reluctance of Teddy’s mother to keep him. Riki proves a friend to the Tailorbird named Darz...more
Mike The Don
For those of you who've ever seen a Disney movie as a child and continued taking pleasure in the thought that those stories are being told to the kids of the present will definitely get a kick out of this book.
Riki-Tiki-Tavi personifies a mongoose who is a natural born snake hunter. When the family who adopted him becomes endangered by a nasty family of Cobras, Riki-Tiki-Tavi decides to take them on.
The book is written from the perspective of Rikit-Tiki-Tavi. Keep in mind, he's a mongoose in a b...more
I thought that this book is extremely action packed and definetely deserves four stars. it deserves the stars because action with Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Nagaina is great how they fight. also, it is touching how the Teddy finds Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and saves his life and later in the end of the story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi saves Teddy and his mom and dad. another way that this book is good how it has Rikki-Tikki-Tavi meet friends in the garden and the friends save him when Nagaina sneak attacks him and they...more
Rick Wilcox
There was a time in my life when Kipling was my guide. His body of work is almost inseparable from the spirit of turn of the century imperial England complete with its paradoxical charm and brutality. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a child's fable of war and fidelity, expertly crafted to prepare the young mind for stronger meat.

None of that is to say I didn't love the story.

Alas, blood is in my teeth.
Alex Krueger
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was, in general, a good book. Considering that it is over 100 years old, it was still very well written and understandable. A very good work of literature. Rudyard Kipling did a good job with the action, and characters, showing lots of personification and personality. Though I think he made Darzee overzealous with his singing, and Chuchundra too depressed. Usually in books I do not like the characters singing, because I don't find it that amusing, more of a filling. I think that...more
Mary-Kate Ganssle
Title: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Date of Publication: 1988
Genre: Fiction

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a brave young mongoose adopted by an English family living in India. When he encounters dangerous King Cobras in the family’s garden, he learns of their history of violence and dictatorship and is determined to conquer them. Through several encounters with the cobras and with the help of his friends, the tailorbirds, he is able to defeat the cobras and protec...more
I confess that I have always avoided Kipling because I find The Jungle Book to be completely obnoxious and can't bear to give him another chance. However, one of my students yesterday left this in the classroom and I picked it up out of curiosity. I love this book! This is a story about the chances you take for love and how one can protect their families when called upon to do it. It's reading level is 6.4 but I think even very young children will enjoy this tale.
I first read this magnificent story in seventh grade as part of the curriculum. I remember hearing the teacher say how it was "such a good story" and we read it and I loved it. It's the story of the "great war" that Rikki fought to protect the family that saved his life. And who is he up against? Snakes. Cobras, to be exact.
In the beginning, Rikki's original home is washed away by a flood, and he is rescued by a British family that lives in a bungalow in India. As a result, he promises to prote...more
I read this at a quite young age, and was fascinated/fearful, not being old enough to know that all would end well. I remember the cobras being very realistic and sinister, and the little mongoose being very brave and faithful.
Another of my childhood favourites. WHo can not fall in love with such a strong protective little weasel lke Rikki Tikki Tavi? I still want a ferret because of my love of this character. This was my Velveteen Rabbit.
Lori Henrich
I remember this story from when I was a kid. I didn't remember it quite the way this was written, but that could be because it was from a show not a book. I love the spirit and courage of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.
Sep 24, 2007 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I really enjoyed this story. I first read it when I was 8 and I liked it from the very beginning. It's a quick, easy, and enjoyable read! Besides, how could you go wrong with a name like Rikki Tikki Tavi?
Raegan Butcher
Jun 06, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers
I read this book because I have 4 ferrets and what is a ferret but a form of mongoose? This is a great story. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a heroic little beast and I enjoyed this quite a bit. Good stuff.
This story unnerved me when I first read it. But after seeing the cartoon made of it? Oh my word! Scary!!! For a time I think I wanted to own a mongoose just so I could feel safe again.
Reminds me of childhood. I made my dad read me this book over and over and over. I also think it may have something to do with my severe dislike of snakes.
Philip Le
I would not recommend Rikki Tikki Tavi to anyone unless they liked ancient cultural stories. Rikki Tikki Tavi was okay,but there were many things that were bad about it. It seems strange that every animal can communicate with each other, even if they had different tongues. The protagonist, Rikki Tikki, was brave in the story. This was proven later on in the story when he slayed Nag, Nagaina, and Karait. Though the character known as Darzee annoyed me to my core. The only other person that sings...more
Anna Ranario
In the book Rikki Tikki Tavi, it shows so much characteristics.This book was a good book that I would share with friends and family. For example, it shows personification with the animals in the book and that they can talk in English to one another. It shows internal conflict and external conflict like how the animals feel scared about the antagonist, Nag and Nagina, and the the restless feeling of one of the protagonist, Rikki Tikki trying to defeat Nag and Nagina. In this short story, the str...more
Mar 19, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is one of my husband's favorite tales from his childhood, so we've read the story and watched the movie with our girls. When I discovered that Jerry Pinkney had illustrated a version of the tale, I just had to read it.

The narrative stays true to the other version we'd read and I was actually surprised how consistent the animated movie was to the tale as well. The illustrations were just as terrific as I'd expected and we really enjoyed reading this book together.
that rudyard kipling, freaking brilliant.
Ainsley Bournstein
RTT was a good book, and I would recomend it to any readers.This boo showed a lot of literary devices. RT showed personification because he talked but animals don't talk. An example of internal conflict in RTT was RT having trouble figuring out howt in RTT were all of the "battles" he has with Nag, Nag's wife, and corat. The climax of the story was when RT had to fight Nag in the bathroom and RT killed Nag. Antagonists in the story include Nag, Nag's wife,and Corat. Protagonists in the story inc...more
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“The motto of all the mongoose family is, "Run and find out," and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose.” 8 likes
At the hole where he went in
Red-Eye called to Wrinkle-Skin.
Hear what little Red-Eye saith:
"Nag, come up and dance with death!"
Eye to eye and head to head,
(Keep the measure, Nag.)
This shall end when one is dead;
(At thy pleasure, Nag.)
Turn for turn and twist for twist--
(Run and hide thee, Nag.)
Hah! The hooded Death has missed!
(Woe betide thee, Nag!)”
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