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The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Books (1894)

by Rudyard Kipling

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Series: Jungle Books (Omnibus 1-2)

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I was super excited to read this book before seeing the new movie. I didn't realize this, but the Jungle Books are a bunch of short stories, some of which, are about Mowgli and the characters we know from Disney's The Jungle Book. The stories about Mowgli and the Jungle are OK. A little dry and boring at times. The other stories, however, are EXTREMELY boring and VERY dry. There were only a couple stories I liked that didn't have Mowgli in them; the mongoose story, the seal story and the elephant story. Other than that, the other stories were kind of painful to get through... I wonder if I am the only one that felt that way..... :-/ ( )
  MinDea | Apr 25, 2016 |
Many of the stories in The Jungle Books are about Mowgli, a boy who was raised by wolves after the tiger, Shere Khan, scared his parents away and tried to kill him. Mowgli grows up as a member of the pack and is taught the laws of the jungle by Baloo the bear, Bagheera the jaguar, and Kaa the python. I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of my favorite cartoons as a child were based on other stories in this collection, including Riki-Tiki-Tavi (about a mongoose who kills the cobras that threaten his human family) and The White Seal (about a seal who saves his species by finding an isolated island where hunters won't find them).

I enjoyed reading these stories and discovering the differences between what Kipling actually wrote and what's in the movies, but I wasn't blown away. My favorite stories were actually the ones that didn't involve Mowgli. The introductory material in my version helped put everything in context for me, so that was nice. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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  hbcoates | Dec 2, 2014 |
I highly recommend theses stories ( )
  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
Great short stories from the era when India was the jewel in the British Empire's crown. When I was a young child, this was the book that first gave me the notion of becoming a writer when I grew up. ( )
  christineplouvier | Apr 20, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rudyard Kiplingprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cunliffe, MarcusAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dardel, Nils vonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Düzakin, AkinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Detmold, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Detmold, MauriceIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drake, W. H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karlin, DanielEditorsecondary 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451529758, Mass Market Paperback)

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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