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The Jungle Books (1894)

by Rudyard Kipling

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Comprising The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.

Both are available as free audiobooks form https://librivox.org/ ( )
  captbirdseye | Feb 19, 2014 |
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling

There is a poignance in Kipling's works. Even the stories he writes for children are tinged with the wisdom of a lonely & battle scarred adult. Although the five stories that comprise The Jungle Books feature different animals as protagonists and different continents as settings, the pervasive theme that runs throughout is the struggle to claim and legitimize a role for oneself within the larger world. Perhaps Kipling's animal characters identify, puzzle out, and ultimately affirm their differences. However, it's carefully, almost architecturally scripted, such that the animals aren't static sterotypes fulfilling varied but necessary roles in their ecosystems, but rather products of their upbringings and environments. Again I have to wonder whether there is some latent commentary on British India there. I suppose only more Kipling will tell. ( )
1 vote rainpebble | Feb 7, 2014 |
This book is about a young boy who is raised in the jungle by wild animals. Once he is grown enough to make it on his own the animals try to convince him to go live in the human world. But he doesn't want to leave his home in the jungle.

My personal experience is this book uses tone in a way that really makes you understand how hard the decision is for this boy and fall in love with his life in the jungle.

the children could do a study on animals that live in the jungle.
the children could take a trip to the zoo to see some of the animals in real life.
  afrazier13 | Oct 26, 2013 |
The famous and popular children's book of Kipling. I had long heard of the stories and been aware of this book, but never before read it. While it is, of course, quite different from and much better than the Hollywood movie of the same name, I was still a little disappointed. Kipling is such a talented word-smith that I expected more. It is definitely a book of its era - some of its accepted wisdom is no longer accepted. And the lazy shiftless monkey tribe may or may not have been Kipling's dig at the Indian population? Read as eBook August 2013. ( )
  mbmackay | Aug 12, 2013 |
I liked the Jungle Book, mostly because I grew up with the old 30's version movie and the Disney version. The Jungle Book itself was pretty good, but I'm not a huge fan of stories about animals (although I love Watership Down, if you ever have a chance . . .). There are several other stories, most of which are pretty slow--one about a seal, one about an elephant. Riki Tiki Tavi is good, but that's about it. But maybe young boys would like them. ( )
  jessibelle34 | Jul 14, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rudyard Kiplingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunliffe, MarcusAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dardel, Nils vonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drake, W. H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kipling, J. LockwoodIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Makman, LisaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyquist, WalterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Now Rann, 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
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It was seven o' clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his days rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.
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"The Jungle Books" is the title usually used for the combined "The Jungle Book" & "The Second Jungle Book" or portions of both thereof.
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The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children. But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling's philosophy of life is expressed in miniature. They are best known for the 'Mowgli' stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the black panther. The stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth, and magic, are underpinned by Kipling's abiding preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery, and the nature of the 'Law'.

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This timeless classic, made world-famous partly by the 1967 animated Disney film adaptation, is now available in a handsome new package featuring a new Afterword. Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves, and the wild animals of the jungle, and includes other short stories set in India.… (more)

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