Have you ever wondered how and why the animals came to be as they are? In these magical tales, drawn from stories he heard as a child in India as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the world, Rudyard Kipling gives some wonderfully imaginative explanations.
This selection includes 'The Beginning of the Armadillos', 'The Cat that Walked by Himself', and 'The Butterfly that Stamped'. Originally told by Rudyard Kipling for his own children, these witty, fanciful tales have been loved by generations of children ever since.
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These are some of my all time favorite stories and they were told beautifully, keeping my two children, their friend, and myself thoroughly engaged and entertained on a long car ride. I sometimes want to listen even when the kids aren't with me.
The stories are fun, sweet and gentle, just right for little kids (and big ones, too!). But the narrator is fantastic - you really feel like you're sitting around a campfire, listening to him spin yarns about talking animals!
No chapters and I didn't enjoy the readers telling. No chapters really is a deal breaker especially when there are multiple stories. The not so special effect killed it for me...
Bedtime stories are nice, even for adults. A friend was puzzled by my listening to the same books and stories over and over again, and mentioned it to me while her favorite music was playing - not for the first time.
This book is one like that favorite album for me.
I love the Just So stories. I wouldn't have thought that anyone could have ruined them...and boy, was I ever wrong! The narrator doesn't speak clearly and tries to do his own sound effects. He should have stuck to just telling the stories. One example is "How the Camel Got His Hump." I remember this well from my childhood days...but the way this narrator tells the story- you would never get that the camel was going around saying "humph!" to everyone (instead it is some extremely loud noise that's supposed to be a camel)...and so you would miss the point of the story. Unless, of course, you already knew the story. My children usually pay really close attention to audiobooks while in the car- this didn't keep their attention at all. They love the stories in book form. If you are at all picky about narrators- DO NOT GET THIS!
"Where are the verses?"
The book although beautifull and wonderfully read IS abridged! I was very disapointed not finding my favorite verses in the end of each story. In truth, the verses were for me the main reason for buying the UNABRIDGED book so I am entitled to feel not only disapointed but simply cheated. Besides, buying the audiobook consisted of certain number of stories, you expect you can choose which one you would want to listen at a time. On this record it is imposible because they are not divided into the tracks.
"Great stories, very well read."
Very good audiobook. The last stories are a bit longer and harder to follow for smaller children but the first ones were appropriate to (almost) all ages.
"As a childhood should be"
Imaginative captivating enjoyable
This collection of stories grab the imagination and take you on a journey into a land where children do not need dumbed down language to be entertained and engaged. A classic.
This is such a treat for all those who a good tale to feed the imagination. The stories are fantastic for both the child and the parent. My child is completely entranced by them and recounts the tales afterwards with vivid enthusiasm. This is a great way to introduce books and feed the imagination.
"Evocative reading of classic childrens stories"
The voices are just fantastic from the late lamented Johnny Morris. My children were transfixed by these stories.
brings back memories from my childhood. I loved these stories then and now my children enjoy them. well read and engaging. my children love listening to them and laugh every time. would recommend this book to everyone. brilliant.
"No bookshelf is complete without this one!"
This is one of my childhood favourites, and the narrator tells the wonderful stories with plenty of colour and vigour. I can't imagine a young mind not being enthralled by this book.
"Just so good"
What more could you want than Johnny Morris reading animal stories, it took me back to 70's TV and Animal Magic.
Kids liked it too
"Lovely kids stories"
How the elephant got its trunk, even if its fairly sadistic and strange. I really like the fact that he was so curious and wanted to know so much, yet "society" was keeping him down. The fact he had the strength so walk his own path hit close to home
Ive always been a big fan of old fairy tales and stories so no but it was exactly what I wanted
I would assume it would work perfectly with kids, but I felt it was a bit too over dramatized
A bit heavy on the dramatization but overall great
Think this is a great collection of stories and would be a perfect match with kids. Really enjoyed it!
"Magical, O Best Beloved"
Overall print is better. With the audio book you miss out on the second Taffy story, How The Alphabet Was Made, as it is so dependant on the illustrations (it's well worth the effort to track down a print version with the original illustrations). I am very disappointed that Kipling's verses that accompany each story have been excluded from the audio book.
The great use of language and the lyrical quality of the prose.
Just hearing Johnny Morris's voice again catapulted me back to childhood. For millions of British kids growing up in the 60s and 70s there is no voice that talking animals could possibly have other than his (except, perhaps, Willie Rushton). A classic book read by a classic performer.
A must have for anyone who was lucky enough to have the book read to them as a child. And a must have for anyone living with someone who had the book read to them as a child - it will shed light on why otherwise perfectly normal people go around using words like "sclusive", "curtiosity" and refer to their husbands as men of "infinite-resource-and-sagacity".
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