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The Jungle Book [Reading] ➿ The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling – Among the best loved of all classics for children are the tales of Mowgli the boy who learned the law of the jungle as he grew up among a pack of wolves in India's Seeonee Hills First published in 189 Among the best loved of all classics for children are the tales of Mowgli the boy who learned the law of the jungle The Jungle eBook  as he grew up among a pack of wolves in India's Seeonee Hills First published in the book imagines a child living and flourishing in a community of animals an idea that perhaps had its origin in Kipling's unhappy childhood 'His stories are not animal stories in the realistic sense; they are wonderful beautiful fairy tales ' wrote Ernest Thompson Seton the great Canadian naturalist Kurt Wiese's illustrations commissoned by the American firm of Doubleday in have never appeared in Britain before An artist with a particular interest in animals and an amazing visual memory he remembered all he had observed on his travels in the Far East during the early s first as a salesman in China and then as a prisoner of war of the Japanese.

  • Hardcover
  • 222 pages
  • The Jungle Book
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • English
  • 01 July 2016
  • 9781857159325

About the Author: Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist short story writer poet and novelistKipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book Kim and The Jungle eBook  many short stories including The Man Who Would Be King His poems include Mandalay Gunga Din The Gods of the Copybook Headings The White Man's Burden and If— He is regarded as a major innovator in.

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  1. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English The Jungle Book ItalianoI didn't know that The Jungle Book was a collection of tales Thanks to the Disney movie I had always identified this novel with the story of Mowgli the man cub raised by a pack of wolves But another bedtime reading to my daughter makes me discover that this book is made up of seven stories and only three of them tell about Mowgli Mowgli's Brothers Kaa's Hunting and Tiger Tiger The search for a place to live safe from hunters is told in The White Seal Rikki Tikki Tavi presents us with a nice domesticated mongoose Toomai of the Elephants tells the story of a child with great talent Finally an unusual night meeting is told in Her Majesty's Servants And to the well known characters of Bagheera Baloo Kaa Shere Khan and Akela are added Rikki Tikki Tavi Nag Nagaina Kotick Sea Catch Billy the mule and many othersProbably this is not a maserpiece anyway Kipling produces an enjoyable read The Jungle Book or the untamed beauty of wildlifeVote 7Non sapevo che Il Libro della Giungla fosse una raccolta di racconti grazie alla Disney lo avevo sempre identificato con la storia di Mowgli il cucciolo di uomo che viene allevato da un branco di lupi Invece l'ennesima lettura della buonanotte a mia figlia mi fa scoprire che uesto libro è fatto da sette racconti di cui solo tre narrano le vicende di Mowgli I Fratelli di Mowgli La Caccia di Kaa e Tigre Tigre La ricerca di un luogo in cui vivere al sicuro dai cacciatori è raccontata in La Foca Bianca Rikki Tikki Tavi ci presenta una simpatica mangusta addomesticata Toomai degli Elefanti racconta le vicende di un bambino con un grande talento Infine un'insolita riunione notturna è raccontata in I Servitori della Regina Ed ai noti personaggi di Bagheera Baloo Kaa Shere Khan e Akela si aggiungono Rikki Tikki Tavi Nag Nagaina Kotick Sea Catch Billy il mulo e tanti altriProbabilmente non un capolavoro ma Kipling produce comunue una lettura piacevole Il libro della giungla ovvero la bellezza selvaggia degli animaliVoto 7

  2. Kenny Kenny says:

    “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack”The Jungle Book Rudyard KiplingKipling Mowgli Baloo and I have been on a long journey together I started The Jungle Book nearly ten years ago I lost my copy when I moved from the west coast to Chicago found it again picked up where I left off lost it again when I moved to Wisconsin and found it again in 2014 Since then it's lingered on my nightstand waiting for me to join Mowgli again on his jungle adventures until last week These stories are absolutely beautiful It comes as no surprise that Kipling considered himself a poet first for these stories are truly poetic Kipling’s writing style is beautifully lyrical His language flows with a whimsicalness Reading these stories I felt that Kipling appreciated the sound of language as much as its ability to convey a message One thing I must clear up is the perception that this is a children’s book Disney be damned this is not a children’s book It is ideal for young adults but this is no children’s book From the start I felt I really lived this book Mowgli and I ran through the jungle together with our fellow wolf cubs to listen to Akela at the Council Rock Bagheera and Baloo became my mentors and Kaa my trusted friend Kipling's magic was always rooted in the reality of common life All over India there were tales of a child reared by a wolf pack In the background to the stories village life goes on with its lazy rhythms – buffalo wading through the shallows women going to the well and the man pack exploring the jungle I loved the non jungle stories as wellThe White Seal Kotick a rare white furred northern fur seal searches for a new home for his people where they will not be hunted by humans Rikki Tikki Tavi Rikki Tikki the mongoose defends a human family living in India against a pair of cobrasToomai of the Elephants Toomai a ten year old boy who helps to tend working elephants is told that he will never be a full fledged elephant handler until he has seen the elephants dance The Miracle of Purun Bhagat An influential Indian politician abandons his worldly goods to become an ascetic holy man Later he must save a village from a landslide with the help of the local animals whom he has befriendeduiuern A teenaged Inuit boy and girl set out across the arctic ice on a desperate hunt for food to save their tribe from starvation guided by the mysterious animal spirit uiuern However uiuern is not what he seemsThe Jungle Books yes there are two were my first journey with Kipling but they will not be my last I’m excited to venture back to India with Rudyard Kipling and Kim

  3. Manny Manny says:

    We are the masters of our planet but we are not very good masters We are in the blunt phrase I saw a zoologist use the other day a plague species Sometimes one feels the world would be better off without human beings This isn't necessarily a counsel of despair or treachery Our true loyalty should be not to mankind but to our genes and most of those genes are to be found in other species who are far less destructive It would almost be a relief if the beautiful and savage animals we share the world with could take it back from us and relieve us of this responsibility we are not eual toOddly enough the author I know who is best at giving a voice to these feelings is Rudyard Kipling in his short story Letting in the Jungle The villagers have angered Mowgli and his friends Now the jungle folk return in force led by Hathi the elephant and his three terrible sons The ending and the concluding poem are unforgettableThe four pushed side by side; the outer wall bulged split and fell and the villagers dumb with horror saw the savage clay streaked heads of the wreckers in the ragged gap Then they fled houseless and foodless down the valley as their village shredded and tossed and trampled melted behind themA month later the place was a dimpled mound covered with soft green young stuff; and by the end of the Rains there was the roaring jungle in full blast on the spot that had been under plough not six months beforeMOWGLI'S SONG AGAINST PEOPLE I will let loose against you the fleet footed vines I will call in the Jungle to stamp out your lines The roofs shall fade before it The house beams shall fall And the Karela the bitter Karela Shall cover it all In the gates of these your councils my people shall sing In the doors of these your garners the Bat folk shall cling; And the snake shall be your watchman By a hearthstone unswept; For the Karela the bitter Karela Shall fruit where ye slept Ye shall not see my strikers; ye shall hear them and guess; By night before the moon rise I will send for my cess And the wolf shall be your herdsman By a landmark removed For the Karela the bitter Karela Shall seed where ye loved I will reap your fields before you at the hands of a host; Ye shall glean behind my reapers for the bread that is lost And the deer shall be your oxen By a headland untilled For the Karela the bitter Karela Shall leaf where ye build I have untied against you the club footed vines I have sent in the Jungle to swamp out your lines The trees the trees are on you The house beams shall fall And the Karela the bitter Karela Shall cover you allAppalled by the dreadful things I was reading in Oreskes's and Conway's Merchants of Doubt I suggested to a friend the other day that it might be interesting to start a political party called Exterminate Humanity XH would have a simple agenda using only legal means it would support all initiatives which showed promise as possible ways to make human beings extinct It would for example try to block funding of renewable energy maximize production of greenhouse gasses push for increased nuclear arsenals and discourage investment in SpaceGuard and other anti meteorite defenses My suggestion was meant ironically so I was rather disuieted by my friend's reaction She considered it for a moment then nodded Yes she said thoughtfully Sounds like uite a good idea But maybe she just wanted to show that Australians could be ironic than Europeans

  4. AMEERA AMEERA says:

    my best childhood story absolutely the jungle book mowgli beautiful adventure

  5. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    IMO Rudyard Kipling is the worst example of the uintessential British Imperialist and Colonialist His attitude towards India is contemptuous and condescending As a person I dislike him intenselyKipling writes beautifully His stories are simple engaging and profound at the same time As a writer I love himThis is a childhood favourite I read it first in translation and then in the original This is a true classic it works for one as a child as well as an adult

  6. Apatt Apatt says:

    “Welcome to the jungleWe've got fun 'n' gamesWe got everything you wantHoney we know the names”The opening poem of The Jungle Book “Now Rann the Kite brings home the night” etc is much elegant than Axl Rose’s effort but I feel it would be much nicer for you to read it in the context of the bookNow if you are looking for a review from someone with an in depth knowledge of Rudyard Kipling’s works you had better look elsewhere My Kipling fu is so feeble I did not even know The Jungle Book was an anthology not a novel about a badass little boy who blazed a trail for Tarzan It didn’t even occur to me to read this book until I saw the trailer for the new 2015 movie a few days agoI’m just going to run through the list of the stories then1 Mowgli's BrothersThis surprised me it’s basically the entire story of Mowgli as I know it from the movies animated and live action I wonder if Shere Khan is the inspiration for Chaka Khan? cue eye rolls If you only read one story from this book what a silly notion read this one2 Hunting Song of the Seeonee PackNice poem all the poems in this book are nice3 Kaa's HuntingThis goes back up the timeline from the conclusion of “Mowgli's Brothers” it features Mowgli being kidnaped by monkeys At no point does Mowgli say “Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape” Kipling was not into pop culture references I am Any way Mowgli is chiefly aided by Kaa the python and his very particular set of skills “Trust in me”but I didn't expect a Spanish Inuisition4 Road Song of the Bandar LogNice poem5 “Tiger Tiger”Mowgli has a rematch with Shere Khan and finds human society not to his liking the beds especially I don’t blame him6 Mowgli's SongGreat song especially the guitar solo7 The White SealKotick the white seal is like the Columbus among seals Very good story Especially when Kotick decides he has had enough of the ignorant seals and their jibes then proceeds to hand their asses to them They did not know he has been working out with some marathon swimming8 Lukannon“A sort of very sad seal National Anthem” Thank you Literaturepagecom9 “Rikki Tikki Tavi”Laugh at his silly name at your own peril Rikki tikki tavi is one badass mofo of a mongoose I guess he could be the prototype for Ninja Turtles K9 Hong Kong Phooey and other superhero animals10 Darzee's ChantDarzee is a tailorbird from Rikki tikki tavi’s story with a penchant of breaking into songs at the most inappropriate moment After Rikki tikki tavi is allowed to knock himself out with full blown hero worship through this song11 Toomai of the ElephantsAn Indian boy takes a clandestine ride on an elephant’s back and witnesses a huge herd of elephants performing “We Will Rock You” “You got blood on yo' faceYou big disgraceWavin' your trunk all over the place”12 Shiv and the Grasshopper“The song that Toomai's mother sang to the baby”13 Her Majesty's ServantsAh Oh dear For me this story is like throwing an eel at a marble wall it just won’t stick I listened to it twice and I still can’t remember what it’s about Somethihg to do with a bunch of animals nattering about something completely devoid of interest14 Parade Song of the Camp AnimalsRelated to the previous story No thanksThat’s it then I enjoyed most of the stories poems and song except number 13 and 14 as mentioned aboveDefinitely recommended especially the first story which is a bear necessity Hey Cecily I managed to sneak one in Librivox Audiobook very nicely readperformed by Phil Chenevert Thank you

  7. Peter Peter says:

    IndiaThe illustrated Jungle Book is a mixed bag of positives and negatives and if your only experience of the story is from the films then you are in for a surprising revelation Firstly the Jungle Book is not one story but an anthology of 7 short stories and 7 songs and understandably with some appealing than others The contents includeMowgli’s Brothers StoryHunting Song of the Seeonee Pack SongKaa’s Hunting StoryRoad Song of the Bandar Log Song“Tiger Tiger” StoryMowgli’s Song SongThe White Seal StoryLukannon Song“Rikki Tikki Tavi” StoryDarzee’s Chant SongToomai of the Elephants StoryShiv and the Grasshopper SongHer Majesty’s Servants StoryParade Song of the Camp Animals SongThis is also not a child’s book it is dark threatening and violent Even Baloo while teaching Mowgli the ways and language of the jungle leaves him heavily bruised The general story we all know as Mowgli the Man Cub the Frog is found as an infant and reared by wolves taught and watched over by Baloo and Bagheera and hunted by Shere Khan However if you’ve only seen the films and are unaware of the book then expect a few surprises The role of characters are transformed interactions are altered and plots are changed Death is a typical outcome often clinical and ruthless but with a purpose The written narrative and dialogue from Rudyard Kipling reminds us just how great a writer he is how he constructs a layered storyline and uses such lyrical prose to describe the scene and activities Each story starts with a little poetic verse that magically blends with the storyOnly the first 3 stories relate to Mowgli the others are a seal mongoose elephants and the ensemble of animals in Her Majesty’s Servants This is an illustrated version with two types of images; black and white sketch which are exceptionally well drawn and full colour prints that seem to vary in uality This is a Kindle version and the formatting with the images is really poor and inconsistent I actually can't believe how poor the formatting isI wasn’t uite sure with this and would probably rate it accurately as 35 stars

  8. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    Two weeks ago I arrived at Aberdovey a small seaside village on the Dyfi estuary in west Wales So to discover sun and thus an ideal day for the beach I needed a book Having no luck finding a bookshop and minus my Kindle the young man in the pub mentioned that the RNLI were selling books So when I saw the smiling face of Mowgli on the cover of “The Jungle Book” well I had to purchase it and also support the Lifeboats as they do such marvellous workI had read this collection of short stories as a child but had forgotten the names and the animals and so what a delight it was to reread themWho cannot possibly be excited and enthralled by the adventures of Mowgli who was also known as Frog a young abandoned man cub who wanders into a wolf’s den in the Indian jungle? As this is fiction he would of course not be eaten by its occupants but I was somewhat astonished by the child’s age and what he was able to do“Directly in front of him Father Wolf holding on by a low branch stood a naked brown baby who could just walk as soft and as dimpled a little thing as ever came to a wolf’s cave at night He looked up into Father Wolf’s face and laughed”How could the wolves not possibly love him and welcome him into the pack? But still there were struggles for Mowgli from members of the pack; however with the help of such staunch friends as Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear he managed to overcome them When Mowgli is kidnapped by the Monkey People the Bandar log Bagheera and Baloo enlist the help of a rather villainous Rock Python called Kaa as the monkies were terrified of him; I was too and could that snake move PhewWhat is sad though despite the child learning all about the laws and languages of the jungle Mowgli was never really accepted by the wolves apart from his adopted parents nor human beings either when he was forced to leave the jungle and go and live and work in a local village Sadly he was betwixt and between Also did I miss something in that he remained naked all the time? That could have caused serious problems surely in the jungle especially?Out of the other short stories I definitely preferred “The White Seal” and Kotick the seal that at birth was white and caused great amazement to his parents“Sea Catch” Matkah said at last “our baby’s going to be white”“Empty clam shells and dry seaweed” snorted Sea Catch “There never has been such a thing in the world as a white seal”“I can’t help that” said Matkah “there’s going to be now”And Kotick would indeed benefit from being white What fun that was to readI’m so pleased that I discovered this little gem of a book Also to think that it was first published in 1894 and still gives immense pleasure to its readers as can be seen by its place on ’s best sellers’ list in the US

  9. Shirley Revill Shirley Revill says:

    I read this book when I was a child and I really enjoyed the stories at the time This book was also a favourite with my children Wonderful classic stories Pure nostalgia

  10. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    I first read The Jungle Book at a very young age that I can hardly remember any of it The Disney movie helped me to recall some of the adventures of Mowgli but the book was not too familiar for me This reading therefore was as new as the first timeThe common understanding of The Jungle Book is that it is the story of Mowgli and his adventures his friendship with Bagheera the black panther and the wolf pack and his enmity with Shere Khan the tiger But surprisingly it is not so It is a collection of many stories although one third occupies with the stories related to Mowgli The most interesting ones in the book are the stories of Mowgli And eually interesting was the story of the cute little mongoose Rikki Tikki Tavi He reminded me of the friendly mongoose who used to roam the garden of my childhood home Other than them the rest of the stories didn't grab me They were alright but not uite interesting And some of these other stories entertained certain disturbing notions and actions that might have contributed to my lesser enjoyment of them When I read Kim I felt that Kipling was not a good storyteller The Jungle Book ualifies my feeling to some extent since I enjoyed the stories of Mowgli and Rikki Tikki Tavi But I'm not uite sure if I want to read any of his prosaic works

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