Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Paperback Puffin Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Rudyard Kipling, Introduction by Jonathan Stroud

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  • Publisher: Puffin Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 175mm x 20mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 23 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141321628
  • ISBN 13: 9780141321622
  • Illustrations note: b & w line
  • Sales rank: 6,038

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This book presents 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 fantastical stories continue to delight each and every generation. With an inspiring written, inspiring introduction by Jonathan Stroud, author of the "Bartimaeus trilogy", "Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in "Puffin Classics" in March 2008.

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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 include The Jungle Book and Kim.

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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.