Just So Stories
Illustrated by Rudyard Kipling
Age range: 9–11
Originally told by Rudyard Kipling to his children at bedtime, this compendium of witty tales imagines how animals came to be as they are now. Discover how the massive whale got a tiny throat by swallowing a mariner, how the lazy camel got a hump so that he had no excuse not to work, and why the leopard’s spots were painted on.
Kipling’s imagination runs wild as he creates charming origin stories that still enchant and delight children to this day. This edition features Kipling’s iconic original illustrations.
Kipling has an Aesopian understanding of animals, of our dealings with them and our curious interrelatedness, interdependence, how we can learn about our own strange behaviour.
Famous for his tales of adventure in British India, Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) is one of the most popular writers of all time and the first English-speaking recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.