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"Oh hear the call!—Good hunting all / That keep the Jungle Law!" —Night-Song in the Jungle When young little Mowgli's parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter, forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood. Paradox exists in this paradis—Night-Song "Oh hear the call!—Good hunting all / That keep the Jungle Law!" —Night-Song in the Jungle When young little Mowgli's parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter, forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood. Paradox exists in this paradise, but nowhere more forcefully than in the Bengal tiger, Shere Khan. In the contest that must occur between Shere Khan and Mowgli, which will triumph: the human intelligence of Mowgli, or the deep, instinctive cunning of the wily striped cat? Rudyard Kipling, who was forced to learn the art of self-preservation at a foster home and boarding school, believed in following the "Law of the Jungle." Part silly, part serious, the delightful stories in The Jungle Book convey Kipling's message in a way that children and adults alike appreciate.


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"Oh hear the call!—Good hunting all / That keep the Jungle Law!" —Night-Song in the Jungle When young little Mowgli's parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter, forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood. Paradox exists in this paradis—Night-Song "Oh hear the call!—Good hunting all / That keep the Jungle Law!" —Night-Song in the Jungle When young little Mowgli's parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter, forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood. Paradox exists in this paradise, but nowhere more forcefully than in the Bengal tiger, Shere Khan. In the contest that must occur between Shere Khan and Mowgli, which will triumph: the human intelligence of Mowgli, or the deep, instinctive cunning of the wily striped cat? Rudyard Kipling, who was forced to learn the art of self-preservation at a foster home and boarding school, believed in following the "Law of the Jungle." Part silly, part serious, the delightful stories in The Jungle Book convey Kipling's message in a way that children and adults alike appreciate.

11 review for The Jungle Book, with eBook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luca Ambrosino

    English (The Jungle Book) / Italiano I 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 BrItalianoI English (The Jungle Book) / Italiano I 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 others.Probably this is not a maserpiece, anyway Kipling produces an enjoyable read. "The Jungle Book", or the untamed beauty of wildlife.Vote: 7 Non 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 questo 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 altri.Probabilmente non un capolavoro, ma Kipling produce comunque una lettura piacevole. Il libro della giungla, ovvero la bellezza selvaggia degli animali.Voto: 7

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” ~~ The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling 4.5/5 Kipling, Mowgli, 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 ag “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” ~~ The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling 4.5/5 Kipling, Mowgli, 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 well: The 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 cobras. Toomai 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 befriended. Quiquern -- 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 Quiquern. However, Quiquern is not what he seems. The 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. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    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 shar 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 equal to. Oddly 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 unforgettable:The 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 them. A 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 before. MOWGLI'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 all!__________________________________ Appalled 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 disquieted by my friend's reaction. She considered it for a moment, then nodded. "Yes," she said thoughtfully. "Sounds like quite a good idea." But maybe she just wanted to show that Australians could be more ironic than Europeans.

  4. 4 out of 5

    AMEERA

    my best childhood story absolutely the jungle book * mowgli * beautiful adventure

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    IMO, Rudyard Kipling is the worst example of the quintessential British Imperialist and Colonialist. His attitude towards India is contemptuous and condescending. As a person, I dislike him intensely. Kipling writes beautifully. His stories are simple, engaging and profound at the same time. As a writer, I love him. This 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 adul IMO, Rudyard Kipling is the worst example of the quintessential British Imperialist and Colonialist. His attitude towards India is contemptuous and condescending. As a person, I dislike him intensely. Kipling writes beautifully. His stories are simple, engaging and profound at the same time. As a writer, I love him. This 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. 5 out of 5

    Apatt

    “Welcome to the jungle We've got fun 'n' games We got everything you want Honey, we know the names” The opening poem of The Jungle Book: “Now Rann the Kite brings home the night” etc. is much more elegant than Axl Rose’s effort, but I feel it would be much nicer for you to read it in the context of the book. Now 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 “Welcome to the jungle We've got fun 'n' games We got everything you want Honey, we know the names” The opening poem of The Jungle Book: “Now Rann the Kite brings home the night” etc. is much more elegant than Axl Rose’s effort, but I feel it would be much nicer for you to read it in the context of the book. Now 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 ago. I’m just going to run through the list of the stories then: 1. Mowgli's Brothers This 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 one. 2. Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack Nice poem, all the poems in this book are nice. 3. Kaa's Hunting This 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 Inquisition!" 4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log Nice poem 5. “Tiger! Tiger!” Mowgli has a rematch with Shere Khan and finds human society not to his liking, the beds especially (I don’t blame him). 6. Mowgli's Song Great song, especially the guitar solo. 7. The White Seal Kotick 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 swimming. 8. Lukannon “A sort of very sad seal National Anthem”. Thank you Literaturepage.com 9. “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 animals. 10. Darzee's Chant Darzee 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 song. 11. Toomai of the Elephants An 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' face You big disgrace Wavin' 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 Servants Ah! 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 interest. 14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals Related to the previous story. No thanks. That’s it then, I enjoyed most of the stories, poems and song, except number 13 and 14 as mentioned above. Definitely recommended, especially the first story, which is a bear necessity. _____________________________________ * Hey Cecily, I managed to sneak one in! ** Librivox Audiobook, very nicely read/performed by Phil Chenevert. Thank you!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    India The 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 more appealing than others. The contents include: Mowgli’s Brothers (Story) Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack (Song) Kaa’s Hunting (Story) Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (Song) India The 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 more appealing than others. The contents include: Mowgli’s Brothers (Story) Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack (Song) Kaa’s Hunting (Story) Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (Song) “Tiger! Tiger!” (Story) Mowgli’s Song (Song) The White Seal (Story) Lukannon (Song) “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” (Story) Darzee’s Chant (Song) Toomai of the Elephants (Story) Shiv and the Grasshopper (Song) Her Majesty’s Servants (Story) Parade-Song of the Camp Animals (Song) This 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 story. Only 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 quality. 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 is. I wasn’t quite sure with this and would probably rate it more accurately as 3.5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynne King

    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 work. I had read this collection 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 work. I 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 them. Who 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. Phew… What 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 read. I’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 Amazon’s best sellers’ list in the US.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    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. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    No this is not your Disney movie - Kipling wrote a fantastic series of short stories, only a few of which include Mowgli. Baloo is not a lazy idiot, Kaa is not a bad guy, SherKahn is killed rather then run off, the wolves are not always the noble good guys... this is VERY different then our cotton candy Disney film. And so much more enjoyable for it. Also included are the tales of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the Elephant Dance, and the White Seal. I would have to say that my favorite is Rikki T No this is not your Disney movie - Kipling wrote a fantastic series of short stories, only a few of which include Mowgli. Baloo is not a lazy idiot, Kaa is not a bad guy, SherKahn is killed rather then run off, the wolves are not always the noble good guys... this is VERY different then our cotton candy Disney film. And so much more enjoyable for it. Also included are the tales of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the Elephant Dance, and the White Seal. I would have to say that my favorite is Rikki Tikki Tavi, he's just so loveable and wonderful. There is a sense of magic in Kiplings animals, every reader will find themselves dreaming of being raised by wolves and taught the law of the jungle by Baloo. I know that this was written as a children's book - but I have a hard time believing that my 11 year old son would be able to read and enjoy it, the beauty of the language will be lost on many of the younger readers who are used to the forward speaking newer YA books. But I would assume that by middle school they should be able to fully enjoy it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aileene

    PRE - READ. ...as he believes I read too much Abs books *wrinkles nose* Commencing on the 8th of August (9 Aug - Aus time) >>>>>>>>>>>>>> POST-READ EDITED FOR Luke's review link. This is the second time I read The Jungle Book. The first one was when I was in secondary school as I had to write an essay for it. This story was memorable coz it was the same time when I first start wearing glasses. So, needless to say this was the very first story I read with my pair. Back then though, you were considered/teased/called as a nerd when you wear spectacles. Ttime) PRE - READ. ...as he believes I read too much Abs books *wrinkles nose* Commencing on the 8th of August (9 Aug - Aus time) >>>>>>>>>>>>>> POST-READ EDITED FOR Luke's review link. This is the second time I read The Jungle Book. The first one was when I was in secondary school as I had to write an essay for it. This story was memorable coz it was the same time when I first start wearing glasses. So, needless to say this was the very first story I read with my pair. Back then though, you were considered/teased/called as a nerd when you wear spectacles. The bigger the frames, the bigger the lenses, the nerdER you are. So, you can just imagine my hesitations and disappointment when I've been told I needed a pair. Nowadays, every second person I see wears them. Glasses became a fashion statement. Glasses make a big fashion statement. So, back to the book. When Luke asked me to BR this classic, I said yes to it, of course. When I got my copy though, I had to double check the cover. The book was thickER than I expected. And then after reading "Mowgli's Brothers" I was surprised that there were more pages to turn. Huh? So then I realised that the book consists of more short stories and poems. Though, only three or four of them are actually stories about Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera aka Baloogheera (as Luke cleverly put the two names together) and Shere Khan. Alrighty then, read more, I did. {Side comment: I think my teacher has provided the class a "photocopy" of Mowgli's Brother story only)I liked all of the stories and they all fit together okay as Kipling showcased animals.Animal fables to which the author explored themes such as courage, loyalty, friendship and love. But my favourite is "Riki-Tiki-Tavi". That mongoose was adorable and his loyalty & love for the family who took him in were boundless and admirable. Love lovelovelovelove this character. I'm not gonna go into details as I'm sure everyone has read this. *grumbles* am I the only one here who was surprised that it's a collection of poems and songs?!But what I'll do in this review of MOWGLI's STORY (only) is to compare what I read and what I watched.The Book.The writings was old and there were parts that made me either bored or had to stop and absorb what Kipling was trying to say.Baloo was very wise, teaching Mowgli almost everything. He was very strict and always ready to strike a blow on young Mowgli when he doesn't pay attention or get anything wrong.“Better he should be bruised from head to foot by me who loves him than that he should come to harm through ignorance,” Baloo answered very earnestly.” Bagheera, who is another companion of Mowgli and a wise one too.I forgot about his story. His secret bald spot and that mark. The collar mark that no one knew. “And yet, Little Brother, I was born among men.Fed behind bars from an iron pan till one night I felt that I was Bagheera—the Panther—and no man’s plaything, and I broke the silly lock with one blow of my paw and came away.” And Kaa. Interestingly enough as I couldn't remember, as almost everything in this book, that he was an ally too who helped Mowgli to escape from those rambunctious monkeys. The difference.These 3 main characters were nowhere near anything like this in the film. They were fun and very entertaining. Never felt that I was watching an adaptation of a classic story. Disney film had changed the plot enormously. And even added a new character.One other thing I noticed though, was that Mowgli didn't have a female influence on his side. Sure he had mother wolf but she had a very short role and did nothing really heroic.It makes me think that perhaps, this was the reason why Kaa, the python was voiced by a female actress in the new film to balance the gender equation that influenced young Mowgli. Could it be? The other difference. Over the years, I managed to collect 4 pairs of glasses (2 of em are useless; prescription-wise) and have earnt myself another pair recently.Also, reading it this time around is not because of school requirement but just for the sake of reading and enjoying it as it should be.And what makes it a spectacular read too is I BR it with a very good friend.Now, I will edit this review when Luke had finished and posted his review.His review link will be added as I'm sure his thoughts will be thorough.After all there's a reason why he is the writer and I, I use that other pair of glasses I just acquired. Rating it 3.5 Baloogheera-for-the-win Stars flag 39 likes · Like  · see review View all 55 comments Oct 03, 2018 Jo (The Bookish pianist) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: children-s, classics Due to watching the Disney movie of "The jungle book" I assumed that this book was going to be entirely about Mowgli, but to my surprise, I discovered quite a few different tales and poems.I liked that all of the stories in this book showcased animals, and the themes of love, loyalty and friendship were deeply explored. I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed all the stories except for the last two. They were pretty tiresome, and I found that I had to force myself to try and power Due to watching the Disney movie of "The jungle book" I assumed that this book was going to be entirely about Mowgli, but to my surprise, I discovered quite a few different tales and poems.I liked that all of the stories in this book showcased animals, and the themes of love, loyalty and friendship were deeply explored. I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed all the stories except for the last two. They were pretty tiresome, and I found that I had to force myself to try and power through to the end, instead of not finishing. That is never a good sign for me, and it is that that has made this book a lower rated one. Personally, I don't think that all children now, would appreciate the style of writing and the setting like an adult would. I'm glad I've read this classic, but for me, it definitely isn't a masterpiece. flag 36 likes · Like  · see review Oct 07, 2017 Leo . rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition A story that is really an institution. The characters mirrored in the Cub Scout Movement. I was a cub when I was a child and I adored the concept. Akela our leader and Bagheera. I remember going camping and foraging and singing songs around the fire. The nostalgia is warming.An amazing five stars. I love this story. Brilliantly written by one of the greats.🐯👍 flag 31 likes · Like  · see review View 1 comment Aug 10, 2019 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy This holds up surprisingly well for something that could have been full of English racism back in the good old days of 1894. Indeed, some of the stories read very much like a modern YA book of parables with animals who seem much more human than the humans. Big surprise, right? We humans are a monstrous lot. That being said, this isn't just the source of Disney's Jungle Book, although a part of it is. It's also full of other great stories. Most memorable is Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose who kill This holds up surprisingly well for something that could have been full of English racism back in the good old days of 1894. Indeed, some of the stories read very much like a modern YA book of parables with animals who seem much more human than the humans. Big surprise, right? We humans are a monstrous lot. That being said, this isn't just the source of Disney's Jungle Book, although a part of it is. It's also full of other great stories. Most memorable is Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose who kills a cobra. But also horrifying is the tale of the sea cows, or rather, the White Seal. The tale of the elephant, Toomai, was delightful.I should say it would be a great book for any child, but not many modern children know crap about India except, in my daughter's case, some snappy tunes and dance moves. The connect is kinda missing, you know? Like... Tarzan? Who the F*** is he?Even so, as an ADULT, it's rather charming and delightful. :) flag 29 likes · Like  · see review View all 14 comments Aug 06, 2010 Amber Tucker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: hardcore children's lit fans Shelves: disappointments, why-is-this-classic-again Lesson learned from this book: having been much- and long-beloved does not automatically make a book worth reading. The only particular reason I picked this one off my shelf was the feeling it's a "classic" of children's lit, which I felt slightly ashamed of never having had a chance to enjoy – I assumed must be classically marvellous. (I mean, I don't know if I ever even watched the Disney adaptation all the way through. I was actually expecting all Mowgli stories. More than half are not, act Lesson learned from this book: having been much- and long-beloved does not automatically make a book worth reading. The only particular reason I picked this one off my shelf was the feeling it's a "classic" of children's lit, which I felt slightly ashamed of never having had a chance to enjoy – I assumed must be classically marvellous. (I mean, I don't know if I ever even watched the Disney adaptation all the way through. I was actually expecting all Mowgli stories. More than half are not, actually, about Mowgli in any way.) What I was sorry to find, however, is that these stories are just classically bad. In its own way, this is frankly one of the weirdest books I've ever read. Even its age doesn't pardon it, in my opinion. One of my first thoughts, rather unaccountably it may seem, was "This reads like the Bible." This isn't wholly a negative thing. For example, I recognize and appreciate the often-poetic language used in the Bible, and I can do the same here. The little songs and poems between the chapters are metrically perfect (this counts for a lot, with me) and if not beautiful, are nicely-formed; in form and language, they always evoke the characters he's created for the animals. Here are a couple verses of the Song of the Bander-log [monkeys:]: Here we sit in a branchy row,Thinking of beautiful things we know. Dreaming of deeds that we mean to do, All complete, in a minute or two-Something noble and wise and good, Done by merely wishing we could.We've forgotten, but- never mind, Brother, thy tail hangs down behind! All the talk we ever have heard,Uttered by bat or beast or bird-Hide or fin or scale or feather -Jabber it quickly and all together! Excellent! Wonderful! One again!Now we are talking just like men!Let's pretend we are – never mind, Brother, thy tail hangs down behind! This is the way of the monkey-kind. See? It's cute... the charm fades, though, with re-reading. Now for what I really dislike. Two words: imperialism and anthropocentrism. Actually, anthropomorphism as well, but that can hardly be avoided, to a degree, so I'll let it go. The 'best' of the various animal characters speak like noble British subjects (of about the sixteenth century, no less – people in Kipling's day didn't even talk like this – "thee-thy-thou, overformality considering we live in a jungle" etc, it's maddening), they have their own strict Jungle Law, and they call themselves people. Could it be any more obvious that these animals are meant to represent humans? Furthermore, that the non-humanlike animals are fated by nature to kowtow to the more 'civilized' species? Too obviously allegorical = another commonality with parts of the Bible. This kind of attitude may be common enough in folktales and mythology, but doesn't excuse the gross colonial bias with which the whole jungle universe, both inhabitants and organizing principles, are presented.The animals respect, virtually worship, the humans. Though nearly all the characters are animals, everything about the stories centers around humanity, that is the glorious courage, order and reason of the British empire. If that's supposed to be modern folktale, it's akin to religious brainwashing. Not in the stories it tells, but in the value judgements implicit within these stories. And by the way, also like the Bible, I had to hate many of Kipling's 'heroes.' Little Toomai is a sneak and a traitor; I almost cried at the treatment of the elephants truthfully and matter-of-factly depicted in his chapter. Elsewhere: Rikki-Tikki made me want to stamp on a member of the family Herpestidae, pronto. I was rooting for the cobras. To conclude, if you're willing to accept a whack of disgustingly antiquated values threaded into not-especially-imaginative stories, you can enjoy The Jungle Book. I'm sorry that I couldn't find more to like in it. But it's safe to say, for once, that Walt Disney's job is probably better (at the very least, less offensive)! flag 28 likes · Like  · see review View all 24 comments Jul 04, 2016 Mariah Roze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition I am trying to read more classics, so why not start off with the Jungle book? This book is short enough that it only takes two CDs to listen to and a new movie version just came out about this book.The characters were interesting and very different from the movie. For example, Baloo was apart of the wolf pack the whole time. His job is to train the pups. This is completely different than the movie. All in all, I enjoyed this read! I’m glad this is my first classic, after starting up I am trying to read more classics, so why not start off with the Jungle book? This book is short enough that it only takes two CDs to listen to and a new movie version just came out about this book.The characters were interesting and very different from the movie. For example, Baloo was apart of the wolf pack the whole time. His job is to train the pups. This is completely different than the movie. All in all, I enjoyed this read! I’m glad this is my first classic, after starting up again. Also, I read this book for the EVERYONE Has Read This but Me - The Catch-Up Book Club.P.s. I read this for my J read for the A-Z Book Title Challenge. flag 28 likes · Like  · see review View all 8 comments Dec 18, 2016 Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: fiction, kids, favorites, english-19th-c The stories of Mowgli and his friends are splendid. Yes, Kipling was an unabashed supporter of colonialism and orientalist, he nonetheless was able to create some of the most vivid stories of animals and children and this one is certainly the best. The Disney movie does not come close to doing it justice. A must read even as an adult. flag 28 likes · Like  · see review Dec 07, 2012 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: fantasy, audio-books, ya-children-s, short-stories Rudyard Kipling’s _The Jungle Book_ is an enjoyable read. A collection of short stories, all of which revolve around the lives and troubles of different animals and the people who interact with them, it has a surprising amount of depth coupled with rather pleasant prose. The most famous of these stories are probably those that revolve around Mowgli, the jungle boy raised by wolves in India whose adventures with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther against the machinations of Shere Khan the ti Rudyard Kipling’s _The Jungle Book_ is an enjoyable read. A collection of short stories, all of which revolve around the lives and troubles of different animals and the people who interact with them, it has a surprising amount of depth coupled with rather pleasant prose. The most famous of these stories are probably those that revolve around Mowgli, the jungle boy raised by wolves in India whose adventures with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther against the machinations of Shere Khan the tiger are fairly well-known (even resulting in a typically watered-down Disney movie from many years ago).All of the stories are notable for their fairly even handed treatment of the interactions between animals and men. The tragedy and pathos of the tribulations and abuse animals often have to suffer at the hands of man are not glossed over, but neither is it implied that all interactions between mankind and the animal kingdom are destructive or unwarranted. The animals are presented as having languages and customs of their own and Kipling generally does a pretty neat trick of managing to straddle the line between having his animal characters behave too much like humans and having them fall into unrelatability by being purely ‘animals’. The most significant contravention of this occurs, I think, in the story “Her Majesty’s Servants” in which, in my opinion, a group of animals serving various roles in a British regiment shade a bit more towards taking on the roles of their all-too human handlers. That quibble aside I enjoyed these morality fables and adventure stories, with those centring on Mowgli and his lessons in the Laws of the Jungle topping the list. Good clean fun with enough meat to the bone to give you something to think about. flag 25 likes · Like  · see review Mar 05, 2017 Celeste rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: classics-i-ve-read, childrens-books Full review posted below.This was my first book completed on the Serial Reader app, an awesome way to read classic works of literature in less than fifteen minutes a day. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading some classics, but who doesn’t want to get bogged down in them. And no, I haven’t been asked to advertise the app; I just really think it was a fantastic idea, and the execution of that idea was incredibly well done.End advertisement. ;) Onto the story Full review posted below.This was my first book completed on the Serial Reader app, an awesome way to read classic works of literature in less than fifteen minutes a day. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading some classics, but who doesn’t want to get bogged down in them. And no, I haven’t been asked to advertise the app; I just really think it was a fantastic idea, and the execution of that idea was incredibly well done.End advertisement. ;) Onto the story at hand.Most everyone probably knows at least a little about this book, due in large part to Disney’s animated movie and their more recent live-action film. I enjoyed reading about Mowgli and his adventures growing up as the lone man-cub in the jungle. Bagheera the Panther, Baloo the Bear, and Kaa the Python all had different personalities than their film counterparts, but were just as much fun to read as they are to watch. Mowgli was headstrong and clever and never backed down from a challenge. Raised by a Wolfpack against the wishes of Shere Khan, the man-eating Tiger, Mowgli lived an interesting life to say the least. He learned every language present in the jungle, and then spent some time in a human village and learned to speak as they speak. But the village could not hold him. He conquered his foes and returned to the jungle, triumphant.Besides the main story of Mowgli, Kipling also included the stories of Kotick, the White Seal; Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the Mongoose; Toomai, the Elephant boy; and different animals in the military, who argue about whose method of fighting is right. Of these, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’s story was by far the best. I completely understand why his is the segment included in so many literature books, because it was the most engaging story in the entirety of the Jungle Book, in my opinion. I enjoyed the adventures of the little mongoose even more than I did the tales of Mowgli the man-cub. Second-best out of these secondary tales was the story of Kotick, the White Seal. I was thrown by his story at first, because it was the first after Mowlgi’s story, but once I adjusted to the change I enjoyed the little white seal, out to save his people from being butchered. He swam to the beat of his own drum, and I can always respect that. The last two stories weren’t enjoyable to me. They’re where I bogged down and just had to make myself power through to the end. I found Toomai annoying, and I could care less about which animal thought they were the most important in a battle. If the book had ended after the tale of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, I would’ve easily given it 4 stars. But, because of the drudgery of the last two stories, I’m settling at a 3 here. It was a short, mostly fun classic to mark off of my “to-read” list, and I enjoyed marking it off in the 24 episodes that Serial Reader provided. The novelty of the app added to my enjoyment, and I will most definitely be reading more classics this way!For more of reviews, as well as my own fiction and thoughts on life, check out my blog, Celestial Musings flag 23 likes · Like  · see review View all 8 comments Jul 22, 2017 Archit Ojha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Neil Gaiman revealed in his books that it was Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book that he read over and over again. The Jungle Book is one of the fabulous books in my list. Reading the book brought me a nostalgic feeling about my childhood when I used to watch its tv series. Those days were truly Golden. They are just a memory now, but thanks to this book that I can go back in time, whenever I wish and relive those moments. flag 23 likes · Like  · see review Oct 03, 2018 Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition Apart from Mowgli’s story, the rest of stories are very haphazard and bizarre, to be precise. Not my cup of tea. flag 20 likes · Like  · see review Aug 12, 2019 L.S. Popovich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: 4-star, reviewed, short-story-colection “The Jungle book” is a fun collection of timeless stories worthy of their fame.The movie brethren of this tale resemble the source material in only superficial ways. Mowgli only features in less than half of the book’s stories for one thing. However every story is interesting and connected in theme and tone. All of the stories revolve around animals, like you might've expected, and while each represents different regions throughout the animal kingdom, each story has its own laws the animal “The Jungle book” is a fun collection of timeless stories worthy of their fame.The movie brethren of this tale resemble the source material in only superficial ways. Mowgli only features in less than half of the book’s stories for one thing. However every story is interesting and connected in theme and tone. All of the stories revolve around animals, like you might've expected, and while each represents different regions throughout the animal kingdom, each story has its own laws the animals must abide by. But every animal has these constraints, which helps humanize the animals and connect the world the author creates. While the world building here is minimal it is tight and thoughtful, making the author's creation vivid without overpowering the tales he tells. The main draw of “The Jungle Book” is the writing and sheer delight of experiencing the adventures. The writing has aged only slightly (mainly in the dialogue) and is still a blast to read. The writing is balanced: having enough description to paint the picture without blotting out the picture manufactured by your own imagination. The action is also well-paced, interesting and not overbearing or gratuitous. The dialogue doesn’t differentiate between characters well but it is engaging and moves the stories along. All these aspects work like a well-trained symphony: the different instruments of pacing , dialogue, action, and deception sound exquisite when the story beats need them. And the stories may be simple but we would not have wanted them to be complicated. There is little characterization or theme but the characters are good enough to hook us. You can find many themes herein, including man’s connection to nature, courage, and growing up, but this collection is more about fun than instruction. Still, engaging settings for a noble message.Of course children and adults alike can enjoy the book for the wonderful detail the world and the storytelling. flag 19 likes · Like  · see review View all 3 comments Aug 10, 2019 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Many people know the Disney movie of the same name but Rudyard Kipling's book has so many more stories.We start almost exactly how the movie starts: the man cub being found by the wolves. However, it's because Shere Khan has taken him. Mother Wolf saves the baby. Baloo the bear is a wise teacher of the wolf pack and speaks in the boy's favour, as does Bagheera the panther, so the pack decides to let the boy stay. He is subsequently called Mowgli (little frog). We then follow the boy through his years of t Many people know the Disney movie of the same name but Rudyard Kipling's book has so many more stories.We start almost exactly how the movie starts: the man cub being found by the wolves. However, it's because Shere Khan has taken him. Mother Wolf saves the baby. Baloo the bear is a wise teacher of the wolf pack and speaks in the boy's favour, as does Bagheera the panther, so the pack decides to let the boy stay. He is subsequently called Mowgli (little frog). We then follow the boy through his years of training, learning the law of the jungle, and we thus meet all manner of creatures such as the python Kaa, some very annoying monkeys or Colonel Hati the wise elephant.And yes, there is a fight to the death with Shere Khan the tiger, but it is entirely different from what we know from the Disney movie (in a good way). Moreover, that fight, while being quite essential and thrilling, is not the main focus of these stories.The true focus is the love for the jungle itself. Kipling was raised in India, you see, and apparently loved it there. It was actually palpable from his descriptions of old abandoned ruins with their treasures or the interconnectedness of all life in the jungle.Every chapter features a poem at the beginning and at the end. All these poems are beautiful both in the message they convey as well as how they were written.However, that is far from all in this book. For starters, there are a number of other adventures the boy and his friends have to survive (encounters with humans as much as with red dogs). But also because it's not all about Mowgli. Yes, the ending of his story is similar to the one in the Disney movie again, but the movie left out many of the fables in the middle (which I understand, they wouldn't have fit with their overall narrative). And then there are the other stories that have nothing to do with Mowglie at all and are told after his story is over.There is, for example, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavia" that tells of a certain mongoose protecting its family from snakes, or stories about beginnings (such as "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin", "The Beginning of the Armadillos" and "How the First Letter Was Written") so, generally speaking, the book is teaching the reader the way Baloo taught the wolf cubs. By the way: one of my favourite "lessons" was that about who the true power in the jungle is and why.Fun and often thrilling stories, some more educational than entertaining, but always with fantastic characters and just that hint of mischief and humour to spice things up. flag 16 likes · Like  · see review View all 4 comments Jul 16, 2019 Obsidian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition So here's the thing. I of course have seen the Disney version of The Jungle book cartoon. Also I have seen the cartoon about Rikki Tikki Tavi that used to play I think either on USA Network or Nickelodeon as a kid. I so wanted to live among wolves and buy a mongoose. My mom said nope to both things. So when I read this the other day, I had no idea this version had the Mowgli stories as well as a few others (I did not enjoy) and then Rikki Tikki Tavi. I am wondering If I blanked on the fact that So here's the thing. I of course have seen the Disney version of The Jungle book cartoon. Also I have seen the cartoon about Rikki Tikki Tavi that used to play I think either on USA Network or Nickelodeon as a kid. I so wanted to live among wolves and buy a mongoose. My mom said nope to both things. So when I read this the other day, I had no idea this version had the Mowgli stories as well as a few others (I did not enjoy) and then Rikki Tikki Tavi. I am wondering If I blanked on the fact that Kipling was behind not only the Jungle Book but Rikki Tikki Tavi. Per usual my rating is based on my ratings for the individual stories.Mowgli's Brothers (4 stars)-So this story tells how a man-cub named Mowgli came to live with the wolves. How Shere Khan stalked him as a child and how his wolf-mother said one day Mowgli would see Shere Khan dead. We also get Bagheera and Baloo who first stood and ensured Mowgli's way in the pack. FYI, I read parts of The Jungle Book in English class and I don't recall the writing or the way that everyone sounds like a character out of the Bible. I used to hate that in English class all we got was excerpts of work and then at the end had to answer questions. So the last thing I remember reading was that Mowgli left the jungle behind and went into the village of men. Or maybe I am getting that messed up with the cartoon. Who knows. Kaa's Hunting (4.5 stars)-This is a story that takes place before Mowgli's Brothers with Mowgli not listening to Baloo and getting himself kidnapped. Bagheera and Baloo request the services of a python, Kaa. FYI, I don't like snakes.Tiger! Tiger! (5 stars)-The last tale of Mowgli and what becomes of Shere Khan. The White Seal (1 stars)-I was just bored. I have no idea who any of these characters were and don't recall even hearing about them as a kid. Somehow this story felt all over the place.Rikki Tikki Tavi (5 stars)-Kind of a jerk, but I loved our little mongoose who kept this family safe and him doing what he could to take out the cobras. I did feel bad though that Nagaina lost all of her young. Toomai of the Elephants (2 stars)-I honestly had to re-look this one up since it totally faded from my head. Story about a young boy named Toomai who ends up seeing the elephants dance at night and is praised for it. I wish I had liked it more. Felt like Kipling was going for more of a Mowgli vibe. Her Majesty's Servants (2 stars)- The Viceroy of India is set to receive a visit from the Amir of Afghanistan. Various animals end up getting spooked and then talk amongst each other. I read this last before falling asleep and just scratched my head a bit. It also is kind of messed up because the animals talk about being afraid of war and death, but they are forced to be there due to man. But somehow they all march and do what is expected of them and everyone is impressed. Eh. Maybe I missed something. Interspersed throughout are songs that Mogwli sang and one of the birds singing of Rikki Tikki Tavi's victory, etc. flag 13 likes · Like  · see review Nov 04, 2013 GoldGato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: illustration, children, literature, summer This classic story by Rudyard Kipling, telling of the adventures of Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the jungles of India, gets the Ingpen treatment. That is, the illustrations are by Australian artist Robert Ingpen, who brings the animals to life in the best edition I have seen of Kipling's tales for children. This is the hour of pride and power,Talon and tush and claw.Kipling. His pen could write with a silver tongue. The sounds and denizens of the jungle come alive with his words. Now add these incredible pictures of Bagh This classic story by Rudyard Kipling, telling of the adventures of Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the jungles of India, gets the Ingpen treatment. That is, the illustrations are by Australian artist Robert Ingpen, who brings the animals to life in the best edition I have seen of Kipling's tales for children. This is the hour of pride and power,Talon and tush and claw.Kipling. His pen could write with a silver tongue. The sounds and denizens of the jungle come alive with his words. Now add these incredible pictures of Bagheera the Panther, Baloo the Bear, and the Monkey-Folk...known as the Bandar-Log.Here we sit in branchy row,Thinking of beautiful things we know;Dreaming of deeds that we mean to do,All complete, in a minute or two -Something noble and grand and good,Won by merely wishing we could.And Kaa the Python! A snake of 30 feet length who could knock down a large-sized man. Ingpen does him justice (this isn't Disney). Additionally, this volume contains the story of THE WHITE SEAL, who strives to find an island where man has not tread. TOOMAI OF THE ELEPHANTS and HER MAJESTY'S SERVANTS round out the collection. And, of course, RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI, the little mongoose who took on Nag the Cobra. This is a magnificent book. Full parchment paper, heavy dust jacket, illustrations galore, green satin bookmark. Worth every cent.Book Season = Summer (steam rising from the ground) flag 12 likes · Like  · see review Jul 10, 2016 aPriL does feral sometimes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: children, favorites, adventure, fantasy, short-stories "Now Chil the Kite brings home the nightThat Mang the Bat sets free--The herds are shut in byre and hut,For loosed till dawn are we.This is the hour of pride and power,Talon and tush and claw.Oh, hear the call! - Good hunting allThat keep the Jungle Law!"Night-song in the jungle'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling is a book of delightful short stories and poem-songs about talking animals. Five of the stories follow Mowgli, who as a human toddler was s/>Night-song "Now Chil the Kite brings home the nightThat Mang the Bat sets free--The herds are shut in byre and hut,For loosed till dawn are we.This is the hour of pride and power,Talon and tush and claw.Oh, hear the call! - Good hunting allThat keep the Jungle Law!"Night-song in the jungle'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling is a book of delightful short stories and poem-songs about talking animals. Five of the stories follow Mowgli, who as a human toddler was separated from his parents after Shere Khan, the tiger, tried to attack the family in the jungles of India. Instead of ending up as a meal for Shere Khan, Mowgli is raised eventually by two wolves who see him as one of their cubs. But first, a meeting was called and the ethics of adopting a manchild were debated by the pack. The matter is settled when Baloo, the bear, agrees to accept Mowgli as a student to teach him the Law of the Jungle; and Bagheera, the black panther, agrees to take the pack to a newly killed bull in exchange for Mowgli's acceptance into the pack. The wolf pack take the deal, but Shere Khan becomes Mowgli's mortal enemy.Mowgli has a number of adventures which are not all entirely pleasant, but I have this strong feeling it was on the whole fun to be a feral child!Other talking animal stories are included which showcase a variety of wild and domesticated animals who find Mankind and Nature directs them towards certain choices and troubles. Their personalities and inclinations direct their fates somewhat, but, gentle reader, I found them all to be wonderful creatures. However, I admit to favoring Rikki Tikki Tavi, the mongoose, most of all!Mature children will adore this book, especially if they are able to get an edition with illustrations, but if you are familiar with the Disney movie version only, I must emphasize the unabridged book version has animal deaths, by hunting. flag 12 likes · Like  · see review Feb 13, 2008 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of stories about animals and/or jungle adventure Shelves: classics Lost in the jungles of 19th-century India (the book was first published in 1894) as a toddler, little Mowgli is rescued from the vicious tiger Shere Khan by an adoptive family of wolves, who raise him as part of their pack. The author's various species of jungle animals exhibit many traits and behaviors characteristic of real ones (Kipling was born and raised in India, and his setting is depicted with a deftness born of first-hand observation); but he also endows them with a culture and language Lost in the jungles of 19th-century India (the book was first published in 1894) as a toddler, little Mowgli is rescued from the vicious tiger Shere Khan by an adoptive family of wolves, who raise him as part of their pack. The author's various species of jungle animals exhibit many traits and behaviors characteristic of real ones (Kipling was born and raised in India, and his setting is depicted with a deftness born of first-hand observation); but he also endows them with a culture and languages, and a concept of Jungle Law, which allows him to use many of them as models of unspoiled "masculine" virtues, and to compare their world with civilized human society to the disadvantage of the latter. (His anthropomorphic treatment of animals, and his use of it for subtle social commentary, could be compared to Richard Adams' similar technique in Watership Down.)Though the book was written for children and is traditionally marketed for them, I think modern children would be put off by the old-fashioned diction (Mowgli and the animals talk in a style which was actually archaic even in the 19th century), and probably wouldn't appreciate the setting and messages as much as an adult would. An adult who could accept the improbable premise on its own terms, though, could find much to enjoy here. (I recall that I enjoyed it as a child --but my reading tastes were somewhat precocious and atypical.) flag 12 likes · Like  · see review View all 3 comments Sep 18, 2017 Melanti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: anthology, e-book, audiobook, classics, group-reads, 2017, children I had no idea this was an anthology. For some reason, I thought it was going to be only about Mowgli and his jungle friends, and had no idea this is where Riki Tiki Tavi came from.This was cute, but there were a couple of stories that just didn't seem to fit the "Jungle" theme. The one about the seal in particular had no business being in the collection. But the one about the camp animals and how they contributed to war/fighting also seemed a bit out of place too. Not that these weren't I had no idea this was an anthology. For some reason, I thought it was going to be only about Mowgli and his jungle friends, and had no idea this is where Riki Tiki Tavi came from.This was cute, but there were a couple of stories that just didn't seem to fit the "Jungle" theme. The one about the seal in particular had no business being in the collection. But the one about the camp animals and how they contributed to war/fighting also seemed a bit out of place too. Not that these weren't good stories; they just didn't mesh well with the others. flag 12 likes · Like  · see review Jan 31, 2019 Gator rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition I didn’t realize the version of the book I had had 4 stories out side of what I thought the jungle book was. I didn’t realize it was a compilation of stories I was just looking to read to my children about Mowgli, however we did enjoy the others. Here are our favorite stories in order :1. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is our favorite story in the jungle book. 2. The 3 Mowgli stories (Mowglis brothers, Kaa’s hunting, “Tiger! Tiger!”) were # 2 and the only thing I wanted to read , I thought the whole jun I didn’t realize the version of the book I had had 4 stories out side of what I thought the jungle book was. I didn’t realize it was a compilation of stories I was just looking to read to my children about Mowgli, however we did enjoy the others. Here are our favorite stories in order :1. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is our favorite story in the jungle book. 2. The 3 Mowgli stories (Mowglis brothers, Kaa’s hunting, “Tiger! Tiger!”) were # 2 and the only thing I wanted to read , I thought the whole jungle book was about mowgli, and that’s why reading books is important because that’s how you learn what a book contains. 3. The white seal 4. Toomai of the elephants 5. Her Majesty’s servants - is my least favorite.May i suggest if you are looking to read a shorter version of the jungle book, you pick one with just the Mowgli stories and add in Rikki Tikki Tavi, the others you can do without in my opinion. There are plenty of jungle book publications and all are very different, so choose wisely and enjoy the jungle book it is a true classic and well worth reading. flag 13 likes · Like  · see review View all 8 comments Aug 31, 2017 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: classic This is a classic by Rudyard Kipling. It's a collection of short stories for children with lots of animals and humans, and how they did and did not get along. Even though there was a fair amount of death in these stories, it was kind of glossy as most children's books are. The Disney version of Mowgli's story is definitely cleaned up a bit. I never read this one to my kids when they were little. Even though I liked this, I don't regret not having read this one to them. flag 11 likes · Like  · see review « previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 … next »

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