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Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
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Feb 11, 2010

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Read from February 25 to March 05, 2010 , read count: 1

"Just So Stories" graceful prose and pungent humor of these 12 tall tales place them in the same league with such children's classics as Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. Kipling's verbal dexterity remains audible over time--even the openings of his classic book hark to a golden age of storytelling.

Kipling's classic volume of stories concerns the great questions of history; "How the Whale got his Throat", "How the Camel got his Hump", "How the Alphabet was Made" and many other thorny dilemmas. The language is sophisticated yet often whimsical and I bet would children love to hear the words read aloud.

It is tempting to scan ahead and change things, substitute more contemporary phrases for the old but, if you can, resist the urge. Kipling was a master of the language. His writing is balanced and fluid and while it may seem dated when taken piece by piece, its sum is far greater than its parts. Read "The Cat that Walked by Himself" and you will never look at your own pet in quite the same way again.

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Title Just So Stories
Author Rudyard Kipling
Reviewed By Purplycookie

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