A collection of fables from poet laureate Rudyard Kipling. These stories delight and entertain with silly explanations for those odd questions children love to ask, like how leopards got their spots, whales got their throats or the rhino got its skin. The illustrations by the author in this... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A collection of fables from poet laureate Rudyard Kipling. These stories delight and entertain with silly explanations for those odd questions children love to ask, like how leopards got their spots, whales got their throats or the rhino got its skin. The illustrations by the author in this book are also very entertaining and will have kids begging for more details, which the author kindly provides with his tangential captions of the illustrations which are almost completely different tales in and of themselves.
This was a collection of stories my mother got for me when I was learning to read, and she both read them to me and had me read them alone. I absolutely loved them, and would often read them to my brothers who enjoyed hearing the stories as well. I still have my original book, worn and loved over many years and curl up to read Rikki Tikki Tavi or the Cat Who Walked By Himself now and again to this day.
This is a great story for young readers to whet their appetite on. The stories contain some archaic language they may need help with and lots of silly nonsense words they can sound out. The language is still pretty simple and there are lots of wonderful pictures for the children to look at as well.
“He asked questions about everything he saw, or heard, or felt, or smelt, or touched...And still he was full of `satiable curiosity!”
“And the Eldest Magician said, "How wise are little children who see and are silent! What was the beast like?"”
“And the Eldest Magician said, "How wise are little children who speak the truth!'”
“...The cure for this ill is not to sit still,Or frowst with a book by the fire,But to take a large hoe and shovel also,And dig until you gently perspire;...- 'from How the Camel Got his Hump'”
“...Tabu doesn't mean anything till you break it...- from 'The Tabu Tale”Head Chief
“"There aren't any tabus on people's mummies", said the Head Chief."Why not?", said Taffy."Because if there were tabus on people's mummies, people's mummies could put tabus on breakfasts, and dinners, and teas, and that would be very bad for the Tribe. Long and long ago the Tribe decided not to have tabus on people's mummies anywhere. - for anything"- from "The Tabu Tale"”
“I keep six honest serving men(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who.I send them over land and sea,I send them east and west;But after they have worked for me,I give them all a rest.I let them rest from nine till five,For I am busy then,As well as breakfast, and lunch, and tea,For they are hungry men:But different folks have different views;I know a person small-She keeps ten million-serving men,Who get no rest at all!She sends them abroad on her own affairs,From the second she opens her eyes-One million Hows, Two million Where's,And seven million Whys!- from 'The Elephant's Child'”
How the Whale Got His Throat
How the Camel Got His Hump
How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin
How the Leopard Got His Spots
The Elephant's Child
The Singsong 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
Simplistic stories, in my humble opinion, are the easiest and tested ways of making a point across to the kids. Such stories serve the purpose of incepting an idea into a kid's mind where it can root and grow at its pace.This book has a collection of such stories, each having a definite moral, a lesson which all children must learn - irrespective of their cultural, national and socio-economic context. I would insist that the parents read through each story, summarize its moral and then read it to their kids keeping that moral, lesson in their minds.
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