this is a quote from the back cover: "The original book, published in 1902, contained more than thirty of Kipling's own brilliant illustrations, all of which have been faithfully reproduced in this Aziloth Books edition." "BRILLIANT" and "FAITHFULLY REPRODUCED" IS TOTALLY INACCURATE. The book itself is not large and the inside illustrations are ALL BLACK AND WHITE and SO RIDICULOUSLY SMALL that the reproductive quality is non-existant. The stories and poems are fine. I am SOOOOO DISAPPOINTED when the ILLUSTRATIONS, just as delightful as Kilings writings are impossible to enjoy..even the larger ones are reproduced so badly, fuzzy B&W lines. Some are as small as <1/2" by <1/1/2 " !!!
“Just So Stories” is a collection of 12 children’s stories. The theme that runs through the dozen stories is that they are mostly tall-tale answers for questions that children might have. All but two of them focus on animals and nature, and the two divergent stories deal with the origin of written language. Since it’s such a small collection and the titles tend to synopsize the stories, I’ll include the table of contents below, which may give one greater insight into the nature of the stories.
1.) How the Whale Got his Throat 2.) How the Camel Got his Hump 3.) How the Rhinoceros Got his Skin 4.) How the Leopard Got his 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 Made 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
The edition that I have has a number of black-and-white graphics (block print and line drawn style)—one or two per story. Given the genre, I imagine most editions have some kind of pictures, but your edition’s graphics may vary. A number of the stories include short poetry—usually at the end. The poetry is part of the original Kipling product and so are likely included in all unabridged editions.
I’d recommend this book for those looking for short stories that are relatable to young children.
This is a beautiful copy of Just So Stories. As others have mentioned, it is a small volume but the cover is embossed and the pages are gilded. The paper is thin--not due to cheapness but rather it is fine paper. It contains the original illustrations and their captions, and it is just lovely.
I ordered this copy because I was unable to find the copy my grandfather had given me as a child, which was a rather sizeable volume complete with colored illustrations on glossy paper. This copy is nothing like that volume, which held up well to the repeated use of a young child. This volume is meant for the caring, gentle hands of an older child or adult. If your child cannot use tissue paper without tearing it, this is not the volume for him or her.
That said, if your child loves the stories, this would be a wonderful book to give him or her when she or he grows up.
Kipling wrote for a more leisurely age. The stories make use of a wide vocabulary and literary devices such as repetition and alliteration. It is hard for a modern child to fully understand. But there is something going on at a deeper level. They love the rhythm of Kipling. The story lines are exquisitely crafted. They like to ask questions about the vocabulary. They are fascinated with the subjects of the stories. You can read the story as written, then retell it often in your own words. For instance, I told my son the story of the insatiably curious elephant child this week when he was pestering me with questions. Then pretended to pull his nose.
Also at a deep level, Kipling teaches traditional values and shares deep wisdom. The females in his stories (First Woman in The cat who walked alone, the Tailor Bird's wife in Rikki Tiki Tavi) are fully drawn and quite intelligent.
"Just So Stories Paperback – Large Print, October 19, 2016" reads the heading of this listing. It is not large print. If fact, it is the worst edition of this beloved collection I've ever seen. It is a thin little book, with the stories all run together - they didn't even both to begin a story on a new page. Don't buy this sad paperback.
The Just So Stories are best when read aloud to a child. My son and I have fond memories of these stories which I read aloud to him over and over 50 years ago. There's a sing-song rhythm to many of the passages that ring delightfully in memory. How can one not love the round tones of lines enunciated slowly: "Son, son, said his mother, graciously waving her tail" or "Down by the great gray green Limpopo river all set about with fever trees" or .."the precession had proceeded according to precedent." Kipling called them the Just So Stories because when telling bedtime stories to his daughter, he had to repeat them "Just So," as children are wont to do. Delightful.
I grew up listening to these fabulous stories by Rudyard Kipling, read by the incomparable Boris Karloff (as described for this product). What was delivered was different, a different collection of stories (yes, they are Kipling's Just Sot Stories) read by Geoffrey Palmer, who does a nice job, but that is not what is advertised and what I expected. I've asked the seller to change the product information. The CD's were used, in good condition and arrived as expected. They were a gift to people who had never heard them, so will never know the difference and the stories are still wonderful. I just prefer accuracy in product descriptions.
Update 2/9/16: After posting this review I was contacted promptly by the Wakullabooks who offered a full refund and/or discount towards the Boris Karloff version advertised. They were unable to locate a copy, and I politely declined the refund as I had already gifted the CD's and could not return them. I was told the item has been removed from Amazon pending product detail updates. I would gladly buy again from Wakullabooks again.