Rydyard Kipling is the author of the famous The Jungle Book and here are his lesser known Just So Stories.
These mostly animal based stories have been entertaining children since they were first published in 1912, and they are some of my all time favourite stories
The seed of the idea for the Just So Stories grew out of the story "How Fear Came", which is a chapter in Kipling's "Second Jungle Book" of 1895 when Mowgli hears the story of how the tiger got his stripes.
These delightful stories explain why the Rhinoceros has a wrinkly skin, how the Whale got a big mouth, how the Elephant got his trunk and why the Camel has a hump.
They are, though, very much of the time and Kipling has faced criticism for his imperialistic and sometimes racist views. This has created a question if we should include some of the stories. We do however want to maintain the integrity of the author and ask you to please understand that if written today, the tone would be different.
We want to include them as these short stories are filled with creativity, imagination and delight and will engage the imagination of young (and old) listeners alike.
We are very happy to include the wonderful illustrations that were published with this book. Remember you can download a copy of the printed book for you to keep. Listening, with the capacity to read the story at the same time, is a powerful way for your children to improve and enhance their English and at the same time entertain them with a wonderful new way of looking at the animals which inhabit their world.
We hope you enjoy and remember keep on coming back as we are adding new stories all the time.
"I always prefer to believe the best of everyone, it saves so much trouble." Kipling.