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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (59 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400178674
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Drawing from the oral storytelling traditions of India and Africa, Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling’s vigorous, amusing tales offer imaginative answers to unanswered questions about animals and provide little pearls of wisdom. Kipling began inventing these stories in his American wife’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, to amuse his eldest daughter. Over a hundred years later, these classic tales filled with playfully clever animals and people are still entertaining children and adults alike.

Stories included in this collection are

  • “How the Whale Got His Throat,”
  • “How the Camel Got His Hump,”
  • “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin,”
  • “How the Leopard Got His Spots,”
  • “How the Elephant got his Trunk,”
  • “The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo,”
  • “The Beginning of the Armadillos,”
  • “How the First Letter Was Written,”
  • “How the Alphabet Was Made,”
  • “The Crab That Played with the Sea,”
  • “The Cat That Walked by Himself,” and
  • “The Butterfly That Stamped.”
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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katheryn | 2/20/2014

    " These animal adventures seem very poetic as well as narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 2/20/2014

    " One of my favorite books as a child. There's nothing quite like growing up on another country's imperialist cultural appropriations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 2/19/2014

    " I loved these stories as a kid and it was really a lot of fun to read them to my kids. These stories are just fun to read. They should be read to all curious little children, just to make them think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/19/2014

    " My grandfather used to read these to me when I was a young child. The memories make them one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 2/17/2014

    " THese are so funny and cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frightful_elk | 2/17/2014

    " Amazing stories, and words which beg to be read aloud. I enjoyed this as much as I did when I was 10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 2/17/2014

    " We read these as bed time stories and my kids were very good about getting into their beds and laying down so that I could read them a couple of stories. They are pretty short, so we would usually read 2-3 a night. We finished the book in about 5 days stretching it out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 2/16/2014

    " One of the first books that was ever read to me aloud. I remember the illustration with the sea monster that went with "The Butterfly that Stamped" story used to freak me out a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 2/16/2014

    " Silliness and whimsy and childlike wonder. Who knew these stories were so much fun? I was never exposed to these as a child and am only now making up that deficiency. If you ever get the chance to read to a child, be sure and consider these wonderful fables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/15/2014

    " I have loved the Just So Stories since I was a child and have read some of them repeatedly. Kipling is a gifted, creative storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 2/12/2014

    " My dad introduced me to these books when I was in elementary school. . . and I fell in love with them, even using the theme to write my own short story in 5th grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boyd Nation | 2/11/2014

    " It is truly a shame that the combination of the literary disdain of accessibility and the fact that he wrote of empire in a way that people are not entirely comfortable with these days, even though he made it clear that he knew the limits of that, and all, empires, has caused Kipling's reputation to dim relative to contemporaries like Conrad or Tolstoy -- the man was incredible, and every child should have Just So Stories read to them as soon as possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dickson | 2/10/2014

    " Brian, a professor at SIUE casually mentioned this book and I had this old pang of childhood deprivation. I think some of these were read in my youth--they do seem familiar--but we're talking a long time ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 2/10/2014

    " I never actually read these as a kid. I remember having them read to me, but I never read them for myself. Which, as Phillip Pullman says in the introduction, is a shame, because they're wonderfully playful and easy to read, and even if there are words you don't understand (there weren't, for me now, but when I was little...) they're bright and lively and I can bet I'd have had more fun imagining what they might mean than actually finding out. These stories were definitely the kind I couldn't help but whisper to myself. I think they'd make even a non-synesthetic taste the words. I enjoyed the illustrations and the notes that went with them, too. In general they were just playful and fun to read, even now I'm all growed up. I especially liked the armadillo one, but perhaps that's because it included a character called Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog, and I do adore hedgehogs. The next one we rescue in our garden will have to be called Stickly-Prickly, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 2/9/2014

    " This is an interesting book. It's perfect for when you are really bored.I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 2/9/2014

    " Very cute collection of stories with a fun cadence and engaging diction. Content gave interesting explanations for the trunks we find on elephants and such, though very light on any lessons for children. Worth picking up and reading for fun or with kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/5/2014

    " These were written not so long after Darwin published his theory of evolution. They are marvelous creation myth type stories with an evolutionary bent. Writing in the 19th century, they are seem wordy to us, yet my children loved to hear them read out loud and I delighted in the stories as much as they. As cat owners we love "The Cat That Walked". Well, all of them are fun... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2014

    " Quintessential stories for children. Kipling wrote and read these stories to his daughter. Therefore, the writing is very personal, addressing the reader as "my best beloved." It's playful with playful stories about how different animals got their trademark attributes. Hope my niece finds it as amusing as I do! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Adam | 2/4/2014

    " I had gotten a really nice edition of this for a friend for Christmas who is a big Kipling fan, but when I admitted to him that I'd never read it (or any other Kipling), he forced me to take it and read it myself. I found it enjoyable as a collection of fables. The illustrations were an interesting element, since each of them had a pretty substantial write-up describing them. There were a number of them that included snarky comments about not being able to use color. I'm not sure if that is any kind of joke/reference I was expected to get aside from them just being black and white. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Readread | 2/4/2014

    " Best childrens' stories ever! Excellent myths with humor, personality, karma, and plenty of great pictures. Best read aloud in a cast of animated voices stemming from one enthusiastic parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 2/1/2014

    " Fun stories that I haven't read in a long time. Probably do for a library theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katheryn | 2/1/2014

    " These animal adventures seem very poetic as well as narrative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jasmine Jean | 1/30/2014

    " O My Best Beloved, I could just not get into Just So Stories. And that's the end of THAT tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/28/2014

    " this book is kinda cheezy...i read it in like 2nd grade!! but it's cute!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 1/28/2014

    " I still have the book I had when I was a little girl. (maybe 3 or 4) Love the stories and read them to my grands. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thannasset | 1/28/2014

    " How the camel got its Humph. Never found anything at all that reads aloud as well as these-not even good Dr. Seuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/27/2014

    " I thought this was a really cute book, really great for reading aloud to kids I'd imagine. Awesome imagination on Kipling's part, with all the eloquence of The Jungle Book. And the illustrations are fabulous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Hatagawa | 1/27/2014

    " Another childhood favorite. Was basically what I read to myself as bed time stories for several years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreas | 1/26/2014

    " This is the German translation of "Just so stories". A wonderful children book with original, time-less stories. My kids love them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/25/2014

    " THese are so funny and cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 1/24/2014

    " You have to try to find this book with the original writings - some of the updated versions really edited out the charm of the original language! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " Just So Stories is written from the child's-eye point of view, of a loving parent telling of a fantastical land near the beginning of time. They each have a "moral of the story" and are SO fun to read aloud, giving each character (including the narrator) a different, emphatic voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/22/2014

    " THese are so funny and cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/22/2014

    " This book explains why cats can be so damn cranky and cold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley-Anne | 1/19/2014

    " Made me laugh out loud! I love the way these books are written, as though the author is speaking directly to you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliza | 1/19/2014

    " I recommend you read it, oh my best beloved, for this is a charming book indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 gratia | 1/19/2014

    " My son's first read aloud book that both of us loved. His love for words probably began from that moment (or it could be AA Milne's When We Were Very Young). The words of the stories are written with beautiful cadence, you can feel the book dance. Reading books was the happiest time I shared with my son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/19/2014

    " Need some good bedtime stories for your children? Then I highly suggest Kipling's Just so Stories. These delightful stories are enjoyable for young and old alike. I can't wait to read them to my grandchildren. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 1/18/2014

    " I loved these stories as a kid and it was really a lot of fun to read them to my kids. These stories are just fun to read. They should be read to all curious little children, just to make them think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lori | 1/18/2014

    " a little different but fun to read to Kip "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lovmelovmycats Hart | 1/18/2014

    " Dayum, Rudyard Kipling! Your shit is racist imperialist-apologia! And I had fond memories... :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/17/2014

    " Book on CD with the 4 year old. Jim Weiss narrating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamlynn | 1/17/2014

    " I don't think our edition had all the stories, there was the camel, rhinoceros and whale. But the stories were fabulous read by Boris Karloff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Readmore | 1/15/2014

    " A very special book, best beloved. I still have the copy I read as a child. The language sits squarely between poetry and prose, and I was mesmerized by it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 1/15/2014

    " Didn't really enjoy listening to these stories and wouldn't recommend them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TMJ Jennings | 1/15/2014

    " Classic literature. Have you ever wondered why the cat walks by himself, how the camel got his hump or why the elephant has a trunk? Imaginative take on the animal world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Lim | 1/13/2014

    " I like some of the stories, but the others were just so-so. Kipling's imagination blew me away sometimes. I also love the illustrations, they're really good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/6/2014

    " It was interesting. It has various stories on how things began. How writing came to be, and such, and various animal stories. Glad to have read it, but won't again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/6/2014

    " I read this to my son before he knew how to read. He was, and still is, my best beloved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/5/2014

    " THese are so funny and cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/2/2014

    " The Butterfly That Stamped remains my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thannasset | 12/22/2013

    " How the camel got its Humph. Never found anything at all that reads aloud as well as these-not even good Dr. Seuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/21/2013

    " Very fun, very simple, hilarious in its simplicity ("All of the other animals in the whole world are on the other side of the hill. That is why I did not draw them") a perfect children's book that is fun for adults also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/19/2013

    " I thought this was a really cute book, really great for reading aloud to kids I'd imagine. Awesome imagination on Kipling's part, with all the eloquence of The Jungle Book. And the illustrations are fabulous! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Kinghorn | 12/18/2013

    " I love this book! It is great to read to children. It was one of my favorites growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreas | 12/13/2013

    " This is the German translation of "Just so stories". A wonderful children book with original, time-less stories. My kids love them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Urban | 12/12/2013

    " I enjoyed these stories, but they were a bit wordy for my young kids. I hope to read them again in a few years and that they like them better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nima | 12/12/2013

    " You can't help but, love this book. My favorite has always been, and will always be Riki-Tiki-Tavi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 12/9/2013

    " Fun stories that I haven't read in a long time. Probably do for a library theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/9/2013

    " i'm not impressed by the stories in this book. below my expectation when i first saw the cover of this book. so sorry, Kipling "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/6/2013

    " I know this is a classic, but mostly it just helped me fall asleep, not in a good way. Maybe if I had read them as a child I would like them more now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Kinghorn | 12/5/2013

    " I love this book! It is great to read to children. It was one of my favorites growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.J. | 12/3/2013

    " Starting to reread this one to my son as my dad read to me a few years back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/2/2013

    " I love stories that tell you why things are so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 12/2/2013

    " These stories were written for Kiplings son. They are funny, smart and great to share with your own little ones. Too long for very little kids, but will work well with good listeners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed Kipling's stories. These origin stories are very imaginative and it's easy to imagine them as a very plausible explanation. I listened the audio book read b Geoffrey Palmer and he was fabulous. I'd highly reccommend his reading of Kipling's Just So Stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 11/26/2013

    " The little town library had an audio-book version of these stories. They were read by Boris Karloff. It was divine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Jackson | 11/24/2013

    " Timeless appeal - a blend of fantasy and real human behaviour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 11/23/2013

    " Silliness and whimsy and childlike wonder. Who knew these stories were so much fun? I was never exposed to these as a child and am only now making up that deficiency. If you ever get the chance to read to a child, be sure and consider these wonderful fables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine White | 11/22/2013

    " I have always enjoyed Rudyard Kipling and Just So Stories was one of my childhood favourites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 11/18/2013

    " The first book I was forced to read at age 13. I was a terrible reader so my mom made me read to improve. I thought the stories were so stupid. BUT..now that I LOVE to read, I wonder if I read that book again, would I like it?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Rosencutter Droddy | 11/18/2013

    " This was my favorite book as a child. The Elephant's Child was my favorite bedtime story. I can't wait to read it to my kids some day. Magical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 11/8/2013

    " You have to love any book that delighted your very own children. Some of these phrases became a source of communication in our family: a little warm but not at all astonished, the great gray green greasy Limpopo River all set about fever trees. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deanna | 11/5/2013

    " I've tried to like this book so many times, but I just can't get it done. The kids enjoy it more than I do. Sorry Mr. Kipling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 11/5/2013

    " One of the best children's books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 10/26/2013

    " Loved these stories as a young child, can still remember phrases from my favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandielle | 10/8/2013

    " The language in this book is beautiful (and sometimes difficult to read aloud). We loved it...except the alphabet story that was so long and drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Gubler | 10/8/2013

    " It shows its age but it is certainly well worth reading. Kipling had a lot of opportunity to observe what he is writing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 10/6/2013

    " These were fun. I read them to Emmett, Mariah and Eden. My favorite story is "How the Camel got his Hump". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katheryn | 9/28/2013

    " These animal adventures seem very poetic as well as narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Relyn | 9/19/2013

    " The excellent audiobook version I've been listening to features readers like Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover. Oh man are they good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 9/4/2013

    " My dad started reading these stories to me when I was really young, and they were always fun to listen to. My favorites are How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/7/2013

    " This was a great book! I loved the illustrations. My favorite story was The Elephants Child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 8/6/2013

    " Delightful! Makes me want to read more of Kipling. Glad I read the Complete and Unabridged version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Thompson | 8/1/2013

    " read to son recently - really good. I never read this as a child and wish I had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nima | 7/31/2013

    " You can't help but, love this book. My favorite has always been, and will always be Riki-Tiki-Tavi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseann | 7/31/2013

    " Nobody does it like Rudyard! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JQ | 7/16/2013

    " The writing is so descriptive and rhythmical that the first time through was difficult to follow. It didn't bug my son (age 5). The second time through we both enjoyed it. Twice was enough for me but my son picks these stories over traditional fairy tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 7/15/2013

    " this is the most lovable, timeless book ever. make sure you're reading an edition with kipling's illustrations - they're precious. and if you're reading this aloud, you'd better use different voices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avalon | 6/12/2013

    " These are fictional stories of how things were created and then changed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/22/2013

    " My grandfather used to read these to me when I was a young child. The memories make them one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Hatagawa | 5/18/2013

    " Another childhood favorite. Was basically what I read to myself as bed time stories for several years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/16/2013

    " I loved these stories as a child, so I read them to my son... and he loved them too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deanna | 5/13/2013

    " I've tried to like this book so many times, but I just can't get it done. The kids enjoy it more than I do. Sorry Mr. Kipling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 4/24/2013

    " I read these when I was twelve, I think, and it's one of the first times I remember being "transported" by a book. Also, The Cat That Walks By Himself got a name drop in Downton Abbey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 4/12/2013

    " I've never read these before, but I absolutely loved them! My kids are already asking to read this book again. These stories are lots of fun to read out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 4/3/2013

    " this is the most lovable, timeless book ever. make sure you're reading an edition with kipling's illustrations - they're precious. and if you're reading this aloud, you'd better use different voices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 3/13/2013

    " I love Rudyard Kipling! His children's work is always entertaining and engaging. This will be on our shelf when my daughter starts to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meor Nithorynque | 3/9/2013

    " One of my favorites childhood book (and memories). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 3/4/2013

    " Rudyard Kipling is a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 3/1/2013

    " Rudyard Kipling is a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/15/2013

    " Loved these from when I was a young lass. Classic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 2/9/2013

    " The first book I was forced to read at age 13. I was a terrible reader so my mom made me read to improve. I thought the stories were so stupid. BUT..now that I LOVE to read, I wonder if I read that book again, would I like it?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/2/2013

    " My favorite is how the elephant got its trunk. Nana used to read it to me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhilash | 11/8/2012

    " Hilarious stories. Just loved the book. A must read in case u want to know how the camel got his hump or the elephant his trunk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leila | 11/7/2012

    " I want so badly to like these, but I just...DON'T. I've tried and tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 9/17/2012

    " I really like Kipling. Riki-tiki-tavi is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzi Crystal | 9/12/2012

    " Very cute, especially as written from a father to his daughter, but slightly forgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H L | 8/30/2012

    " Masterful language - read these out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natascia | 6/28/2012

    " lovely book, beautiful language, I wish I'd read this book when I was a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/22/2012

    " I have decided that Kipling is my all time favorite. I have not read anything of his that I don't absolutely love. His style is so captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 6/21/2012

    " Loved these, particularly The Cat Who Walks Alone and The Butterfly That Stamped. Look forward to sharing them with my niece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla Akins | 5/23/2012

    " My mother read these stories to me as a child. I love these. I found my vintage copy on ebay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley-Anne | 5/10/2012

    " Made me laugh out loud! I love the way these books are written, as though the author is speaking directly to you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stella | 5/3/2012

    " one of my favorite books of all times "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 5/3/2012

    " One of the best children's books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 4/23/2012

    " Loved these stories as a young child, can still remember phrases from my favorites "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/16/2012

    " This book explains why cats can be so damn cranky and cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayra Nobel | 3/4/2012

    " The best story is the Elephant's child! The others are also worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 2/20/2012

    " Kipling's use of the English language makes you want to read each of these stories out loud, over and over again. I can't wait to get my hands on a printed version so that I can really appreciate the drawings and their ridiculously long captions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Relyn | 2/20/2012

    " The excellent audiobook version I've been listening to features readers like Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover. Oh man are they good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jileen | 1/31/2012

    " Once I started reading this to my 7 yr old, they sounded vaguely familiar. I am fairly sure a teacher read these to me when I was younger. The different stories are kind of like Aesop's fables. We enjoyed them but it wasn't our favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Lim | 1/30/2012

    " I like some of the stories, but the others were just so-so. Kipling's imagination blew me away sometimes. I also love the illustrations, they're really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Relyn | 1/17/2012

    " The excellent audiobook version I've been listening to features readers like Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover. Oh man are they good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JQ | 1/15/2012

    " The writing is so descriptive and rhythmical that the first time through was difficult to follow. It didn't bug my son (age 5). The second time through we both enjoyed it. Twice was enough for me but my son picks these stories over traditional fairy tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/23/2011

    " i'm not impressed by the stories in this book. below my expectation when i first saw the cover of this book. so sorry, Kipling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Wager | 12/14/2011

    " why pay 63p to Amazon when you can download it free from Project Gutenberg? I have a nice hardback copy on my shelves, but think I might need a bed-time story sometime on my travels ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 12/6/2011

    " Rudyard Kipling is a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 12/1/2011

    " I like this book. It's fun. And, unlike a lot of children's stories, it's written in a way that's entertaining to read for both adults and children - even if it's simple enough for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr | 11/14/2011

    " These stories always make me laugh. I can't wait til I have children to read these to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/7/2011

    " Just So Stories is written from the child's-eye point of view, of a loving parent telling of a fantastical land near the beginning of time. They each have a "moral of the story" and are SO fun to read aloud, giving each character (including the narrator) a different, emphatic voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/29/2011

    " I read these to my children and we all enjoyed them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deanna | 10/15/2011

    " I've tried to like this book so many times, but I just can't get it done. The kids enjoy it more than I do. Sorry Mr. Kipling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/7/2011

    " Kids always love hearing these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellinor | 10/3/2011

    " A book with 13 little stories of how the leopard got his spots, how the elephant got his trunk, how the camel got his hump etc. At the beginning those are really funny but after some time things just repeat themselves and it gets a little annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wulan Smile | 9/14/2011

    " berisi 12 cerpen fabel dengan binatang yg berbeda-beda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 8/29/2011

    " The little town library had an audio-book version of these stories. They were read by Boris Karloff. It was divine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 8/25/2011

    " We liked it enough that we bought it! Very endearing writing style, that I love to read to my kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 8/16/2011

    " I might have read this a few too many times as a kid, but I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 7/15/2011

    " My Dad used to read these to me when I was little. I love them. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/10/2011

    " My grandfather used to read these to me when I was a young child. The memories make them one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Treganowan | 6/12/2011

    " I read this over and over with my 10 year old and it's so much fun! Our favorite is The Elephant's Child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 4/28/2011

    " Kipling is a masterful storyteller and I haven't read these fables in years. These witty tales just beg to be read-aloud to children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yantokal | 4/16/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books as a child. I just now found out it was by Kipling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Creter | 2/16/2011

    " Took me back to a childhood I thought I'd lost. I love this book and I believe it should be read by kids and grownups "too-oo-oo"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri UK | 2/1/2011

    " These were cute. I wish my son was younger and I could have read them outloud though! I liked the first half much better though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 12/10/2010

    " I've never read these before, but I absolutely loved them! My kids are already asking to read this book again. These stories are lots of fun to read out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/16/2010

    " I loved these stories as a child, so I read them to my son... and he loved them too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorena | 10/28/2010

    " I didn't care for this much, but Grant loved it! I hate it when the kids like a book, but I don't. Nicole genuinely liked the stories as well ("How the Whale Got Its Throat" etc.). Eloquent and beautiful writing, but not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 9/26/2010

    " I read these when I was twelve, I think, and it's one of the first times I remember being "transported" by a book. Also, The Cat That Walks By Himself got a name drop in Downton Abbey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 9/17/2010

    " I loved these stories as a child, so I read them to my son... and he loved them too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 7/18/2010

    " These and Aesop's Fables were very much a part of my childhood. I loved the fanciful reasons behind how various animals came to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Anderson | 7/8/2010

    " Me and my 7-year old son loved this book for bedtime stories. The audiobook is fun to listen to, also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 بهمن بهمن | 6/20/2010

    " kipling,kashef va jahangar va imperialist e ma'roof! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaneeza aziz | 6/7/2010

    " I've read only one Kipling short story as a kid, so I felt I needed to read more short stories to really understand his writing before delving into his novels. This compilation of stories is such a delight and i don't have to be a kid to enjoy them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dirt | 6/3/2010

    " Very creative stories with a Lemarkian slant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherese Vines | 4/15/2010

    " These are very interesting and creative stories. They seem to have roots in oral tradition and myths and fables passed down through generations. The style does show its roots in Kipling's living in Bombay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JQ | 10/7/2009

    " The writing is so descriptive and rhythmical that the first time through was difficult to follow. It didn't bug my son (age 5). The second time through we both enjoyed it. Twice was enough for me but my son picks these stories over traditional fairy tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 9/7/2009

    " I've never read these before, but I absolutely loved them! My kids are already asking to read this book again. These stories are lots of fun to read out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/10/2009

    " Very fun to read! I'm so glad I finally read it. Extremely creative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley-Anne | 4/9/2009

    " Made me laugh out loud! I love the way these books are written, as though the author is speaking directly to you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 3/12/2009

    " I read these when I was twelve, I think, and it's one of the first times I remember being "transported" by a book. Also, The Cat That Walks By Himself got a name drop in Downton Abbey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natascia | 10/26/2007

    " lovely book, beautiful language, I wish I'd read this book when I was a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Wager | 8/29/2007

    " why pay 63p to Amazon when you can download it free from Project Gutenberg? I have a nice hardback copy on my shelves, but think I might need a bed-time story sometime on my travels ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/13/2007

    " My dad read these stories to me when I was young. They were part of my "learning-to-read" sessions. I still love these stories and the way they answer questions that little kids genuinely ask. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/14/2006

    " Fun fables. I hadn't realized that I already knew some of these stories from my childhood. They are wonderful, fanciful stories that teach little lessons through talking animals. I'm gonna have to read them to my children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 2/10/2006

    " This is one of my most favorite books of stories for children. In my opinion, it is one of the best story collections ever written. It is witty and clever and highly entertaining. I find that I enjoy it more the older I get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 9/20/2005

    " It was interesting. It has various stories on how things began. How writing came to be, and such, and various animal stories. Glad to have read it, but won't again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr | 9/4/2005

    " These stories always make me laugh. I can't wait til I have children to read these to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisannekerr | 6/4/2005

    " I was glad to have finally read these. We read them to Anna. She enjoyed them, but the language was hard to understand at times and sometimes difficult to read aloud. I read that to hear Kipling tell them was much better than to read them. I imagine he was a great storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 11/20/2004

    " This stories provide a creative explaination for the animals we see today. Great for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lafcadio | 3/22/2004

    " You must remember the suspenders. "

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