Just So Stories
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Just So Stories

By Rudyard Kipling
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Book Description

How did the camel get his hump? Why won't cats do as they are told"? Who invented reading and writing? How did an inquisitive little elephant change the lives of elephants everywhere. Kipling's imagined answers to such questions draw on the beast fables he heard as a child in India, as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the world. He plays games with language, exploring the relationships between thought, speech, and written word. He also celebrates his ownjoy in fatherhood. The tales were told to his own and his friends' children over many years before he wrote them down, adding poems and his own illustrations. They invite older and younger readers to share a magical experience, each contributing to the other's pleasure but each can also enjoy themalone, as more jokes, subtexts, and exotic references emerge with every reading. This fully illustrated edition icludes two extra stories and Kipling's own explanation of the title.

Table of Contents
  • JUST SO STORIES
  • Contents
  • HOW THE WHALE GOT HIS THROAT
  • HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP
    • NOW this is the next tale, and it tells how the Camel got his big hump.
  • HOW THE RHINOCEROS GOT HIS SKIN
  • HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS
  • THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD
  • 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
  • THE BUTTERFLY THAT STAMPED
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