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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
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Apr 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: juv, my-reviews, picture-book
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was originally written between 1854 and 1855 as part of a collection titled Jungle Books. Kipling, using his childhood memories of India, set the story of the little mongoose in a bungalow in Allahabad. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a young mongoose who is taken in by an English family after nearly drowning. He soon becomes a hero by protecting their young son from a deadly snake. A war begins between Rikki and two cobras, Nag and Nagaina, who want to rid the garden of the brave Rikki. Colorful and detailed paintings show Rikki and the other animals in a lush Indian garden. They capture key dramatic moments in the story and beautifully compliment the story. This version of the story was well reviewed in School Library Journal, Horn Book Guide, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly.

Look for hints of Kipling's White Man's Burden through out.

Recommended for grades 3 - 4 for read alone and Kindergarten - 4 for read aloud.

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