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Just So Stories | [Rudyard Kipling]

Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling's classic collection of short stories for children, offers fantastic explanations for the origins of certain animals' characteristics, why tides ebb and flow and even how the alphabet was invented.
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Publisher's Summary

Rudyard Kipling's classic collection of short stories for children, offers fantastic explanations for the origins of certain animals' characteristics, why tides ebb and flow and even how the alphabet was invented.

Following the conventions of traditional folklore and legends, Just So Stories have deliberately fanciful narratives with intent of teaching a moral lesson, but providing enough entertainment to make the lesson palatable.

The Just So Stories are:

1. How the Whale Got his Throat

2. How the Camel Got its Hump

3. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

4. How the Leopard Got its Spots

5. The Elephant’s Child

6. The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo

7. The Beginning of the Armadillos

8. How the First Letter was Written

9. How the Alphabet was Made

10. The Crab that Played with the Sea

11. The Cat that Walked by Himself

12. The Butterfly that Stamped

Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was popular author and poet. Born in Bombay, India, but raised in England, Kipling established an international reputation with his stories and verses of Indian and Army life, including such classics as The Jungle Book and Kim. In 1907, he became the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize.

(P)2006 Alcazar AudioWorks

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    ESK Moscow, Russia 12-10-12
    ESK Moscow, Russia 12-10-12 Member Since 2011

    There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    "Excellent but for the recording"

    The book was moving and amusing, and D. Thorn's performance was superb. The stories are meant for children and big boys and girls who love fairy tales.
    Here is the list of the 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.
    'The Tabu tale' is missing.
    The only thing I'd like to warn readers about is that the recording is a bit messed up. While downloading the audio, it struck me as odd that the length should be 6 hours and 39 minutes. That's a bit too long for the 12 stories, eh? It turned out that the book should have lasted 3 hours and 29 minutes, but some of the stories repeat themselves.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SusieB Chadstone, Australia 06-19-12
    SusieB Chadstone, Australia 06-19-12
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    "Wonderful memories"
    If you could sum up Just So Stories in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative
    Inventive
    Memories


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Elephant Child


    Have you listened to any of David Thorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laught a lot


    Any additional comments?

    A book my children and grandchildren I hope will love as much as I o

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 12-05-12
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a disapointed read, story OK"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the nerator Is good but not of this type of story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    "the elephant's child"


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    picked a diffrent type of story


    Was Just So Stories worth the listening time?

    once only (I rate my books teling the # of time I will reread them)


    Any additional comments?

    when you have heard the book read by the best reader all others are a disapointment. the best is ISBN 1-55686-097-8

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • dianne
    hingham, United Kingdom
    11/28/11
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    "just so stories double length version?"

    this version is very strange, as it lasts twice the length of other versions. on listening to it i found it was because it just repeated itself, complete with comment from the audible person telling me i had reached the end of the book after only 3 hours, for it just to start all over again minus the first story.

    just so stories is a wonderful book, full of marvellously imaginative solutions to childish questions. i love the stories and this version is very well read. the music between stories is annoying but it serves a good purpose.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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