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Just So Stories for Little Children is a 1902 collection of origin stories by the British author Rudyard Kipling. Considered a classic of children's literature, the book is among Kipling's best known works.

Context:
The stories, first published in 1902, are origin stories, fantastic accounts of how various phenomena came about. 1] A forerunner of these stories is Kipling's "How Fear Came," included in his The Second Jungle Book (1895). In it, Mowgli hears the story of how the tiger got his stripes.

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The Just So Stories each tell how a particular animal was modified from an original form to its current form by the acts of man, or some magical being. For example, the Whale has a tiny throat because he swallowed a mariner, who tied a raft inside to block the whale from swallowing other men. The Camel has a hump given to him by a djinn as punishment for the camel's refusing to work (the hump allows the camel to work longer between times of eating). The Leopard's spots were painted by an Ethiopian (after the Ethiopian painted himself black). The Kangaroo gets its powerful hind legs, long tail, and hopping gait after being chased all day by a dingo, sent by a minor god responding to the Kangaroo's request to be made different from all other animals.

Contents:
1. How the Whale Got His Throat - why the larger whales eat only small prey.
2. How the Camel Got His Hump - how the idle camel was punished and given a hump.
3. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin - why rhinos have folds in their skin and bad tempers.
4. How the Leopard Got His Spots - why leopards have spots.
5. The Elephant's Child/How the Elephant got his Trunk - how the elephant's trunk became long.
6. The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo - how the kangaroo assumed long legs and tail.
7. The Beginning of the Armadillos - how a hedgehog and tortoise transformed into the first armadillos.
8. How the First Letter Was Written - introduces the only characters who appear in more than one story: a family of cave-people, called Tegumai Bopsulai (the father), Teshumai Tewindrow (the mother), and Taffimai Metallumai, (the daughter). Explains how Taffimai delivered a picture message to her mother.
9. How the Alphabet Was Made - Taffimai and her father invent an alphabet.
10. The Crab That Played with the Sea - explains the ebb and flow of the tides, as well as how the crab changed from a huge animal into a small one.
11. The Cat That Walked by Himself - the longest story, explains how man domesticated all the wild animals except the cat, which insisted on greater independence.
12. The Butterfly That Stamped - how Solomon saved the pride of a butterfly, and the Queen of Sheba used this to prevent his wives scolding him.
13. The Tabu Tale (missing from most British editions; first appeared in the Scribner edition in the U.S. in 1903).

About Kipling:
Joseph Rudyard Kipling 30 December 1865 - 18 January 1936 was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If-" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781366579065
ISBN-10: 1366579062
Pagini: 86
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 5 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Editura: BLURB INC

Notă biografică

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India to British parents on December 30, 1865. In 1871, Rudyard and his sister, Trix, aged three, were left to be cared for by a couple in Southsea, England. Five years passed before he saw his parents again. His sense of desertion and despair were later expressed in his story “Baa Baa, Black Sheep” (1888), in his novel The Light that failed (1890), and his autobiography, Something of Myself (1937). As late as 1935 Kipling still spoke bitterly of the “House of Desolation” at Southsea: “I should like to burn it down and plough the place with salt.”At twelve he entered a minor public school, the United Services College at Westward Ho, North Devon. In Stalky and CO. (1899) the myopic Beetle is a self-caricature, and the days at Westward Ho are recalled with mixed feelings. At sixteen, eccentric and literary, Kipling sailed to India to become a journalist. His Indian experiences led to seven volumes of stories, including Soldiers Three (1888) and Wee Willie Winkie (1888).At twenty-four he returned to England and quickly tuned into a literary celebrity. In London he became close friends with an American, (Charles) Wolcott Balestier, with whom he collaborated on what critics called a “dime store novel.” Wolcott died suddenly in 1891, and a few weeks later Kipling married Wolcott’s sister, Caroline. The newlyweds settled in Brattleboro, Vermont, where Kipling wrote The Jungle Book (1895), and most of Captains Courageous (1897). By this time Kipling’s popularity and financial success were enormous.In 1899 the Kipling’s settled in Sussex, England, where he wrote some of his best books: Kim (1901), Just So Stories (1902), and Puck of Pooks Hill (1906). In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize for literature. By the time he died, on January 18 1936, critical opinion was deeply divided about his writings, but his books continued to be read by thousands, and such unforgettable poems and stories as “Gunga Din,” “If,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” and “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” have lived on in the consciousness of succeeding generations.

Recenzii

“They’ve delighted both adults and children for nearly eight decades. What keeps the dust off Kipling is his unharnessed imagination and language so playful it begs to be read aloud.”
Los Angeles Times

“Graceful prose and pungent humor… In the same league with such children’s classics as Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland… Kipling’s fantastic fictions hark to a golden age of storytelling.”
Publishers Weekly

“It has, like all good fairy-business, a sound core of philosophy.”
Atlantic Monthly

“Intimately told… Extraordinary ingenuity and inventiveness.
Guardian

Textul de pe ultima copertă

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.