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Just So Stories Unabridged Compact Disc

Press: Puffin; Unabridged edition (September 22, 2009)
Publication Date:2009-8
ISBN:9780141328393
Author Name:Kipling, Rudyard
Language:English
Edition:Unabridged Edition

Content

The delightful tales of whales and cats and kangaroos and crabs - everything from how the camel got in a humph (and got his hump!) to how the alphabet was invented. 
Enchanting and funny, these stories are brought to life by the fantastical narration of Tony Robinson.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3 Up-This volume calls itself The Complete Just So Stories because it includes one additional Taffy adventure ("The Tabu Tale") not included in the first edition, as well as "Ham and the Porcupine," the last story of Kipling's career, neither of which are usually printed with the collection. 
These additions are neither better nor worse than the other just-sos: this volume's real distinguishing feature is its illustrations.
Brent's colorful, realistic, slightly naive watercolors recall Persian miniatures in their composition and style.
What makes them stand out is their borders, bright mosaics of tiny multicolored tesserae, rich with lapis blue and gleaming with gold, in varying geometric patterns.
A narrow strip of similar design edges each page.
This book is undeniably lovely, but those who purchased the edition with David Frampton's woodcuts (HarperCollins, 1991) or the version with Safaya Salter's paintings (Holt, 1987) should not feel any discontent either.Patricia Dooley, formerly at University of Washington, SeattleCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Ages 3-5. 
Of all the editions of Kipling's stories available, this is surely one of the most splendid.
Each page carries either text with a narrow, vertical border of painted geometric figures on the outer edge or a full-page illustration within a wide, richly patterned frame in related jewel-bright hues.
The richness of colors in the paintings is heightened by the use of gold throughout the artwork.
Handsomely designed and beautifully illustrated, this is a book that children will treasure for its opulent look as well as its opulent language.
Carolyn Phelan

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From Kirkus Reviews

An edition distinguished by: (1) an intelligent introduction by scholar Neil Philip, pointing out the tales' links with Kipling family history and quoting a parody that appeared in Punch when they were first published (a ``Very-Nearly Story'' in which the ```defatigable Ruddikip'' addresses young ``Approximately Invaluable'' in ``decapitated polysyllables''); (2) two stories not included before: ``The Tabu Tale,'' a third story about Taffy (very long, even longer than ``The Cat...'' and the most didactic of all--Taffy learns to be still so that her father can hunt, one result being that it's possible to save her from a wolf), and ``Ham and the Porcupine,'' a why story that takes place on Noah's ark; (3) oversumptuous illustrations. 
The Just So's admirers will welcome the Taffy story; though it's not up to the others' caliber, the wordplay and parent-child interaction are amusingly characteristic.
The briefer, brisker ``Ham'' is more fun; it makes a point of dark Ham becoming ``Emperor of Africa,'' with a typically euphonious string of place names.
Brent provides postcard-sized watercolors--pretty but inappropriately static and humorless--that are completely overwhelmed by her elaborate gilded borders, to truly gorgeous decorative effect.
Unfortunately, the art illuminates the pages but not the stories (which of course stand well enough on their own).
A mixed success, but surely of interest.
(Fiction.
4+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

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Review

If you have children, use it as an excuse to buy [this recording], which you will enjoy immensely. 
--The Atlantic Monthly

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From the Inside Flap

Kipling's own drawings, with their long, funny captions, illustrate his hilarious explanations of How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Armadillo Happened, and other animal How's. 
He began inventing these stories in his American wife's hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, to amuse his eldest daughter--and they have served ever since as a source of laughter for children everywhere.

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From the Back Cover

How did the camel get his hump? Why won't cats do as they are told? Who invented reading and writing? How did an inquisitive little elephant change the lives of elephants everywhere? Kipling's imagined answers to such questions draw on the beast fables he heard as a child in India, as well as on folk games with language, exploring the relationships between thought, speech, and the written word. 
He also celebrates his own joy in fatherhood.
The tales were told to his own and his friends' children over many years before he wrote them down, adding poems and his own illustrations.
They invite older and younger readers to share a magical experience, each contributing to the other's pleasure, but each can also enjoy them alone, as more jokes, subtexts, and exotic references emerge with every reading.
This fully illustrated edition includes two extra stories and Kipling's own explanation of the title.

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About the Author

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India, although educated in England. 
He was a prolific writer and recognized as a genius.
In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
His many books for children includeJust So Stories and Kim.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work; and besides, he was a Howler himself. 
So he ate sticks and thorns and tamarisks and milkweed and prickles, most 'scrutiating idle; and when anybody spoke to him he said "Humph!" Just "Humph!" and no more.

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From AudioFile

These literate and imaginative beast fables contain serious moral messages, but 101 years after their publication children still love them because they're fun. 
Kipling believed his stories should be read aloud, "just so," and narrator Geoffrey Palmer is just superb.
He reads with the gentle assurance of a beloved grown-up, providing Kipling's wildly improbable explanations to inquisitive children.
We discover "How the Whale Got His Throat," "How the Camel Got His Hump," "How the Alphabet Was Made," and much more.
From South Africa to Jerusalem, from the mid-Atlantic to a fictional island in the Red Sea, all are set in that wonderful place where animals can talk.
This charming production includes a pamphlet with drawings and a snippet of classical music as a prelude to each of the 12 stories.
S.J.H.
Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Children's Books,Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths,Literature & Fiction,Humor & Satire,Short Stories & Anthologies,Short Stories

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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     “Just So Stories” is a collection of 12 children’s stories. The theme that runs through the dozen stories is that they are mostly tall-tale answers for questions that children might have. All but two of them focus on animals and nature, and the two divergent stories deal with the origin of written language. Since it’s such a small collection and the titles tend to synopsize the stories, I’ll include the table of contents below, which may give one greater insight into the nature of the stories.1.) How the Whale Got his Throat2.) How the Camel Got his Hump3.) How the Rhinoceros Got his Skin4.) How the Leopard Got his Spots5.) The Elephant’s Child6.) The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo7.) The Beginning of the Armadillos8.) How the First Letter Was Made9.) How the Alphabet Was Made10.) The Crab that Played with the Sea11.) The Cat that Walked by Himself12.) The Butterfly that StampedThe edition that I have has a number of black-and-white graphics (block print and line drawn style)—one or two per story. Given the genre, I imagine most editions have some kind of pictures, but your edition’s graphics may vary. A number of the stories include short poetry—usually at the end. The poetry is part of the original Kipling product and so are likely included in all unabridged editions.I’d recommend this book for those looking for short stories that are relatable to young children.

  •     Some of the finest children's (yeah right, us adults LOVE these too!) stories ever written.

  •     I read this first when I was about 7 yrs old. It's held up well except for the overt colonialism, but Kipling didn't know any better...or DID he?

  •     "Just So Stories Paperback – Large Print, October 19, 2016" reads the heading of this listing. It is not large print.

  •     I LOVE THIS BOOK! IT IS SO EASY TO READ AND IT IS VERY FUN! THE POEMS AT THE ENDS OF THE STORIES ARE SO FUNNY!

  •     Awesome book. Thrilled to be able to share it with another generation.

  •     Excellent. Highly recommend for parents to read to children

  •     I recently purchased this set on cd with a gift certificate for my young daughter. The price tag may have put me off at any other time, but since I was getting it with a certificate, I went for it. I read these stories cover to cover repeatedly as a little girl and took great delight in the hilarity of the answers to such questions as "how did the leopard get his spots?" or "how did the camel get his hump?" Kipling's stories are marvelously nonsensical - which makes them fit for a child's world. However, it was not until hearing them read aloud on this very set that I realized his rhyme and use of repetitive words or phrases is very similar to our modern master of children's literature: Dr. Seuss. It would not surprise me to find that Seuss took his inspiration from the works of Kipling. This is not striking to a reader, but as you listen to his words brought to life by the human voice it is hard to miss.Geoffrey Palmer, of As Time Goes By, is one of my favorite actors. His voice and interpretation of these beautiful stories enhances the experience so much that I was laughing out loud listening to him in my car. His dry sense of humor is felt in his characterizations of the cast and the lulling of his voice lends a calming, gentle, and sophisticated quality to the text. I now can simply not imagine these stories being read by anybody else.Finally, the classical musical selection is superb and adds an intelligent whimsiness to the piece. I would highly recommend this set as a lovely gift for any child you find "tenacious and full of segacity". What a delightful alternative to the screech of today's cartoons and children's "pop" albums full of Britney Spears remakes.

  •     This is one gnarly book

  •     Fun, fun, fun!

  •     Kipling's JUST SO STORIES certainly rank in English-speaking children's literature right along with A. A. Milne's WINNIE THE POOH and Kenneth Grahame's WIND IN THE WILLOWS. They are fun to read to children 4-8, and even MORE fun for them to read for themselves at ages 7-11 (they're marvelous vocabulary builders --"the mariner of infinite resource and sagacity" <grin>). My English-raised mother heard the stories when they were new and read them to me when I was a child, I read them to my own children, they read them to theirs, and I believe that same cycle has been repeated among millions of families since the stories appeared at the beginning of the 20th century.It is my impression that today the JUST SO STORIES do not enjoy the popularity with children (and parents) that they once had. That may be because they are occasionally "politically incorrect" in their depiction of historical attitudes regarding race and culture. Joel Chandler Harris's UNCLE REMUS stories and even Mark Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN are sometimes removed from local library shelves on the same basis. In this reviewer's view, inattention to the works of Kipling and Harris and Twain deprives English-speaking children of some appreciation of the culture and civilization in which they live today. Worse yet, it deprives them of the fun of reading FOR fun.Rudyard Kipling, referred to by one reviewer here as "not a very good writer" was the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize (not the Pulitzer) for literature, in 1907. He was staunchly pro-Empire in an era in which Great Britain not only ruled the waves, but a third of the globe -- the sun never set, it was said, on the British Empire, of which he sang in hundreds of poems and short stories and novels which also deserve reading today.But imperial/colonialist notes are hard to hear in the JUST SO STORIES, which Kipling wrote for the amusement of a young niece. The stories are meant for FUN, and all children deserve to have some. Get this book; read it yourself if you haven't already -- and then read it to the youngsters for whom Kipling intended it.

  •     this is a quote from the back cover: "The original book, published in 1902, contained more than thirty of Kipling's own brilliant illustrations, all of which have been faithfully reproduced in this Aziloth Books edition." "BRILLIANT" and "FAITHFULLY REPRODUCED" IS TOTALLY INACCURATE. The book itself is not large and the inside illustrations are ALL BLACK AND WHITE and SO RIDICULOUSLY SMALL that the reproductive quality is non-existant. The stories and poems are fine. I am SOOOOO DISAPPOINTED when the ILLUSTRATIONS, just as delightful as Kilings writings are impossible to enjoy..even the larger ones are reproduced so badly, fuzzy B&W lines. Some are as small as <1/2" by <1/1/2 " !!!

  •     Great book!

  •     Thank You!

 

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