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The Jungle Book

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  110,833 ratings  ·  3,962 reviews
The Jungle Book key characters are Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves and Sher Khan, biggest tiger in India. As Baloo the sleepy brown bear, Bagheera the cunning black panther, Kaa the python, and his other animal friends teach their beloved “man-cub” the ways of the jungle, Mowgli gains the strength and wisdom he needs for his frightful fight with Shere Khan, the tiger who ro ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published February 15th 1992 by Tor Classics (first published 1894)
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R. There are a lot more than two. The first three stories are related to Mowgli, and then you have The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Tomai of the Elephan…moreThere are a lot more than two. The first three stories are related to Mowgli, and then you have The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Tomai of the Elephants, and Her Majesty's Servants (at least in the version of the book I have). There is a song at the end of each story, so seven total stories and seven songs.

To tell you the truth, I don't understand why The White Seal is included in the collection, but the rest are related to the jungle in some way--not to each other.(less)

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Luca Ambrosino
English (The Jungle Book) / Italiano

I didn't know that "The Jungle Book" was a collection of tales. Thanks to the Disney movie, I had always identified this novel with the story of Mowgli, the man cub raised by a pack of wolves. But another bedtime reading to my daughter makes me discover that this book is made up of seven stories, and only three of them tell about Mowgli ("Mowgli's Brothers", "Kaa's Hunting" and "Tiger! Tiger!"). The search for a place to live safe from hunters is told in "The

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
The Jungle Book ~~ Rudyard Kipling


Kipling, Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, & I have been on a long journey together. I started The Jungle Book nearly ten years ago. I lost my copy when I moved from the west coast to Chicago, found it again, picked up where I left off, lost it again when I moved to Wisconsin, and found it again in 2014. Since then, it's lingered on my nightstand waiting for me to join Mowgli again on hi
We are the masters of our planet, but we are not very good masters. We are, in the blunt phrase I saw a zoologist use the other day, a plague species. Sometimes, one feels the world would be better off without human beings. This isn't necessarily a counsel of despair or treachery. Our true loyalty should be not to mankind but to our genes, and most of those genes are to be found in other species who are far less destructive. It would almost be a relief if the beautiful and savage animals we shar ...more
Nandakishore Mridula
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic, literature
IMO, Rudyard Kipling is the worst example of the quintessential British Imperialist and Colonialist. His attitude towards India is contemptuous and condescending. As a person, I dislike him intensely.

Kipling writes beautifully. His stories are simple, engaging and profound at the same time. As a writer, I love him.

This is a childhood favourite. I read it first in translation, and then in the original. This is a true classic - it works for one as a child as well as an adult.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
my best childhood story absolutely the jungle book * mowgli * beautiful adventure
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
“Welcome to the jungle
We've got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
Honey, we know the names”

The opening poem of The Jungle Book: “Now Rann the Kite brings home the night” etc. is much more elegant than Axl Rose’s effort, but I feel it would be much nicer for you to read it in the context of the book.

Now if you are looking for a review from someone with an in-depth knowledge of Rudyard Kipling’s works you had better look elsewhere. My Kipling-fu is so feeble I did not even know The Jungle Boo
The illustrated Jungle Book is a mixed bag of positives and negatives, and if your only experience of the story is from the films then you are in for a surprising revelation. Firstly the Jungle Book is not one story but an anthology of 7 short stories and 7 songs, and understandably with some more appealing than others. The contents include:

Mowgli’s Brothers (Story)
Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack (Song)
Kaa’s Hunting (Story)
Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (Song)
“Tiger! Tiger!” (Story)
Mowgli’s S
Lynne King
Two weeks ago I arrived at Aberdovey, a small seaside village on the Dyfi estuary in west Wales. So to discover sun, and thus an ideal day for the beach, I needed a book. Having no luck finding a bookshop, and minus my Kindle, the young man in the pub mentioned that the RNLI were selling books. So when I saw the smiling face of Mowgli on the cover of “The Jungle Book”, well I had to purchase it and also support the Lifeboats as they do such marvellous work.

I had read this collection of short sto
Shirley Revill
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic, children
I read this book when I was a child and I really enjoyed the stories at the time. This book was also a favourite with my children. Wonderful classic stories. Pure nostalgia.
I first read The Jungle Book at a very young age that I can hardly remember any of it. The Disney movie helped me to recall some of the adventures of Mowgli, but the book was not too familiar for me. This reading, therefore, was as new as the first time.

The common understanding of The Jungle Book is that it is the story of Mowgli and his adventures, his friendship with Bagheera, the black panther, and the wolf pack, and his enmity with Shere Khan, the tiger. But surprisingly it is not so. It
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
Apart from Mowgli’s story, rest of the stories are very haphazard and bizarre, to be precise. Not my cup of tea.

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No this is not your Disney movie - Kipling wrote a fantastic series of short stories, only a few of which include Mowgli. Baloo is not a lazy idiot, Kaa is not a bad guy, SherKahn is killed rather then run off, the wolves are not always the noble good guys... this is VERY different then our cotton candy Disney film. And so much more enjoyable for it.

Also included are the tales of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the Elephant Dance, and the White Seal. I would have to say that my favorite is Rikki Tikki Tavi, h
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aileene by: Luke Taylor
PRE - READ. he believes I read too much Abs books *wrinkles nose*

Commencing on the 8th of August (9 Aug - Aus time)



EDITED FOR Luke's review link.

This is the second time I read The Jungle Book. The first one was when I was in secondary school as I had to write an essay for it.

This story was memorable coz it was the same time when I first start wearing glasses. So, needless to say this was the very first story I read with my pair.

Back then though, you were conside
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, classics
Due to watching the Disney movie of "The jungle book" I assumed that this book was going to be entirely about Mowgli, but to my surprise, I discovered quite a few different tales and poems.
I liked that all of the stories in this book showcased animals, and the themes of love, loyalty and friendship were deeply explored. I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed all the stories except for the last two. They were pretty tiresome, and I found that I had to force myself to try and power throu
Leo .
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story that is really an institution. The characters mirrored in the Cub Scout Movement. I was a cub when I was a child and I adored the concept. Akela our leader and Bagheera. I remember going camping and foraging and singing songs around the fire. The nostalgia is warming.

An amazing five stars. I love this story. Brilliantly written by one of the greats.🐯👍
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
This holds up surprisingly well for something that could have been full of English racism back in the good old days of 1894. Indeed, some of the stories read very much like a modern YA book of parables with animals who seem much more human than the humans.

Big surprise, right? We humans are a monstrous lot.

That being said, this isn't just the source of Disney's Jungle Book, although a part of it is. It's also full of other great stories. Most memorable is Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose who kill
Michael Finocchiaro
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The stories of Mowgli and his friends are splendid. Yes, Kipling was an unabashed supporter of colonialism and orientalist, he nonetheless was able to create some of the most vivid stories of animals and children and this one is certainly the best. The Disney movie does not come close to doing it justice. A must read even as an adult.
Amber Tucker
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore children's lit fans
Lesson learned from this book: having been much- and long-beloved does not automatically make a book worth reading.
The only particular reason I picked this one off my shelf was the feeling it's a "classic" of children's lit, which I felt slightly ashamed of never having had a chance to enjoy – I assumed must be classically marvellous. (I mean, I don't know if I ever even watched the Disney adaptation all the way through. I was actually expecting all Mowgli stories. More than half are not, act
Mariah Roze
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I am trying to read more classics, so why not start off with the Jungle book? This book is short enough that it only takes two CDs to listen to and a new movie version just came out about this book.

The characters were interesting and very different from the movie. For example, Baloo was apart of the wolf pack the whole time. His job is to train the pups. This is completely different than the movie.

All in all, I enjoyed this read! I’m glad this is my first classic, after starting up again. Also,
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Neil Gaiman revealed in his books that it was Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book that he read over and over again.

The Jungle Book is one of the fabulous books in my list. Reading the book brought me a nostalgic feeling about my childhood when I used to watch its tv series. Those days were truly Golden. They are just a memory now, but thanks to this book that I can go back in time, whenever I wish and relive those moments.
Rudyard Kipling’s _The Jungle Book_ is an enjoyable read. A collection of short stories, all of which revolve around the lives and troubles of different animals and the people who interact with them, it has a surprising amount of depth coupled with rather pleasant prose. The most famous of these stories are probably those that revolve around Mowgli, the jungle boy raised by wolves in India whose adventures with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther against the machinations of Shere Khan the ti ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people know the Disney movie of the same name but Rudyard Kipling's book has so many more stories.

We start almost exactly how the movie starts: the man cub being found by the wolves.

However, it's because Shere Khan has taken him. Mother Wolf saves the baby. Baloo the bear is a wise teacher of the wolf pack and speaks in the boy's favour, as does Bagheera the panther, so the pack decides to let the boy stay. He is subsequently called Mowgli (little frog).

We then follow the boy through his
L.S. Popovich
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Jungle book” is a fun collection of timeless stories worthy of their fame.
The movie brethren of this tale resemble the source material in only superficial ways. Mowgli only features in less than half of the book’s stories for one thing. However every story is interesting and connected in theme and tone. All of the stories revolve around animals, like you might've expected, and while each represents different regions throughout the animal kingdom, each story has its own laws the animals must
Juho Pohjalainen
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't at all minded if the writers and animators of the Disney version had indeed been made to read this book first. It could've made for a nice series of shorts, in the vein of Fun & Fancy Free and the other collections in the studio's early years. Alas. ...more
This classic story by Rudyard Kipling, telling of the adventures of Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the jungles of India, gets the Ingpen treatment. That is, the illustrations are by Australian artist Robert Ingpen, who brings the animals to life in the best edition I have seen of Kipling's tales for children.

This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.

Kipling. His pen could write with a silver tongue. The sounds and denizens of the jungle come alive with his words. Now add th
aPriL does feral sometimes
"Now Chil the Kite brings home the night
That Mang the Bat sets free--
The herds are shut in byre and hut,
For loosed till dawn are we.
This is the hour of pride and power,
Talon and tush and claw.
Oh, hear the call! - Good hunting all
That keep the Jungle Law!"
Night-song in the jungle

'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling is a book of delightful short stories and poem-songs about talking animals. Five of the stories follow Mowgli, who as a human toddler was separated from his parents after Shere Khan, t
So here's the thing. I of course have seen the Disney version of The Jungle book cartoon. Also I have seen the cartoon about Rikki Tikki Tavi that used to play I think either on USA Network or Nickelodeon as a kid. I so wanted to live among wolves and buy a mongoose. My mom said nope to both things. So when I read this the other day, I had no idea this version had the Mowgli stories as well as a few others (I did not enjoy) and then Rikki Tikki Tavi. I am wondering If I blanked on the fact that ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of stories about animals and/or jungle adventure
Shelves: classics
Lost in the jungles of 19th-century India (the book was first published in 1894) as a toddler, little Mowgli is rescued from the vicious tiger Shere Khan by an adoptive family of wolves, who raise him as part of their pack. The author's various species of jungle animals exhibit many traits and behaviors characteristic of real ones (Kipling was born and raised in India, and his setting is depicted with a deftness born of first-hand observation); but he also endows them with a culture and language ...more
I had no idea this was an anthology. For some reason, I thought it was going to be only about Mowgli and his jungle friends, and had no idea this is where Riki Tiki Tavi came from.

This was cute, but there were a couple of stories that just didn't seem to fit the "Jungle" theme. The one about the seal in particular had no business being in the collection. But the one about the camp animals and how they contributed to war/fighting also seemed a bit out of place too. Not that these weren't good sto
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in

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