Just So Stories (Paperback)
|Author: Ruyard Kipling|
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|The Just So Stories were written by Rudyard Kipling and published in 1902. The stories are fanciful accounts about how various phenomena came to be. How the Camel Got his Hump is an example. Each story is accompanied by a poem. The dialect is inspired by a formalized Indian speech pattern, which makes them wonderful to read aloud. Stories included in this collection are as follows: How the Whale got his Throat -- How the Camel got his Hump -- How the Rhinoceros got its 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.|
Rudyard Kipling was the creator of short stories, poetry, and novels. In 1907 he became the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize, although much of his writing for adults has since been labeled imperialist, fascist, and racist. Kipling was born to English parents and lived in India until he was 6 years old. At that time, he was sent to England, where he lived with a foster family, although he made frequent trips back to India. He married an American woman with whom he moved to the United States, where he wrote some of his best-known works for children including "The Jungle Book" and "Kim". He eventually returned to England where he wrote "Just So Stories". He wrote his last book for children, "Rewards and Fairies", in 1910--many believe that the death of his daughter, Josephine, may have been a factor in this decision. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1907.