Rikki Tikki Tavi
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...more
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
Kipling's tale is about young mongoose who must protect his family. Think cute and cuddly, but with sharp teeth. A perfectly thrilling tale.
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
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
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
None of that is to say I didn't love the story.
Alas, blood is in my teeth.
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Date of Publication: 1988
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
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
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.
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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!)”