Just So Stories

Author(s): Rudyard Kipling; Jan Montefiore (Editor); Judith Plotz (Introduction by, Editor)


For Mowgli movie fans, the must-have companion to The Jungle Book


Children all around the world are fascinated by the animal kingdom, and that's what makes the Just So Stories a perennial classic... Elephants, kangaroos, cats, leopards, and more. This complete volume of Rudyard Kipling's masterpiece includes all 12 original stories:


  • How the Whale Got His Throat

  • How the Camel Got His Hump

  • How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

  • How the Leopard Got His Spots

  • The Elephant's Child

  • The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo

  • The Beginning of the Armadillos

  • How the First Letter was Written

  • How the Alphabet was Made

  • The Crab that Played with the Sea

  • The Cat that Walked by Himself

  • The Butterfly that Stamped


    Kipling first entertained his own children with these delightful and humorous tales before deciding to write them down for publication. The parables are written in the form of what came to be known as "why" stories, each explaining how and why certain things came to be as they are.


    In addition to these clever fables, this volume features thirteen full-color illustrations and more than thirty black-and-white illustrations by J. M. Gleeson and Paul Bransom, as well as several images created by Kipling himself. With their entertaining characters and well-executed narrative arcs, the Just So Stories are perfect for readers both young and old--to read separately and, more importantly, together.


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RUDYARD KIPLING was born in Bombay in 1865. In 1882 Kipling started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches and poems - notably Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) - which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. His most famous works include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901) and the Just So Stories (1902). Kipling refused to accept the role of Poet Laureate and other civil honours, but he was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907. He died in 1936. JAN MONTEFIOIRE is Professor of 20th Century English Literature at the University of Kent. She is the author of Men and Women Writers of the 1930s (1996); Arguments of Heart and Mind:Selected Essays 1977-2000 (2002); Feminism and Poetry (3rd edition, 2004); and Rudyard Kipling (2007). JUDITH PLOTZ teaches at George Washington University, Washington DC. Her most recent book is Romanticism and the Vocation of Childhood (2001), and her interests include British Romanticism, colonial and postcolonial literatures, and children's literature.

General Fields

  • : 9780141442402
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : August 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 14mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rudyard Kipling; Jan Montefiore (Editor); Judith Plotz (Introduction by, Editor)
  • : Illustrations
  • : 192
  • : [Fic]
  • : English
  • : 1
  • : Paperback