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Published by Alma Classics

The Jungle Books shouldn’t need an introduction.

That is unless all you have done is seen the films.

If you haven’t read the books – then this really is a must read.

There are several different editions available to buy, in different bindings.

This edition though, is really something else.

It is a paperback. Of the regular octavo size.

It is printed on good quality paper. Which it has to be admitted, doesn’t always happen. There are publishers who don’t know about paper, but there are others, though that do and they are available to buy.

This edition though, is the only one with chapter headings with superb illustrations by Ian Beck.

In the spring they are also publishing The Just So Stories.

I have placed my order for this already.

If you already have a copies of these books. Or there are copies ‘in the house’ – so you ‘don’t need another’, please don’t miss the opportunity of purchasing this edition. Perhaps younger members of the family would appreciate owning their own copies.

The Jungle Books really is something very special. Remember to order the Just So Stories at the same time.

The ISBNs for the books are:

The Jungle Book / Kipling: 978 1847495839

The Just So Stories / Kipling: 978 1847496379

Ian Beck has illustrated many other books, including his Tom Trueheart series….also suitable for 8 and onwards…and really rather wonderful.

Buy them!


If you say please and thank you

and look into my eyes.

If you teach your children

respect, and mind them.

If you are liable for your charges

and pay for damage and refuse

to leave the books upon the floor.

If you return things to their proper place

and help your child to do the same.

If you make sure your charge is taught

to recognise the concept

of other people’s things;

to treat them with the care that’s due.

If you know that

food belongs outside

and nappies should be changed elsewhere.

If you take advice and purchase

without resorting to

online temptation.

If at last

you know not to leave

your precious son or daughter,


within the store.

Then you will find

the pleasure and the joy

of buying

in a bookshop –

and what is more –

your children will do too.

Published by various publishing houses…

These are exceptional stories with sublime and gorgeous English. Kipling’s ability to colour his writing and his descriptive powers are simply phenomenal. The stories cover everything from the first alphabet, how the elephant got his trunk, the rhinoceros his skin, the leopard his spots, along with the story about the butterfly that stamped and of course The Cat that Walked by Himself. There were a dozen of them and I am always slightly disconcerted by the number of people who have either never heard of them, or, if they have, haven’t read them.

Everyone knows, or ought to know, how the elephant got his trunk – but do you remember the English that Kipling used?

From which story did this come?

Then the Bi-coloured-Python-Rock-Snake came down from the bank, and knotted himself in a double-clove hitch round the Elephant’s Child’s hind-legs, and said, ‘Rash and inexperienced traveller, we will now seriously devote ourselves to a little high tension, because if we do not, it is my impression that yonder self-propelling man-of-war with the armour-plated upper deck’ (and by this, Oh Best Beloved, he meant the Crocodile) ‘will permanently vitiate your future career.’

This one?

Still ran Dingo – Yellow-Dog Dingo – hungrier and hungrier, grinning like a horse-collar, never getting nearer, never getting farther; and they came to the Wollgong River.

In that story you can hear the pounding of the dingo’s feet…as he raced…

From which came this excerpt?

Behind them was the Tribe in hierarchical order, from owners of four caves (one for each season), a private reindeer-run, and two salmon-leaps, to feudal and prognathous Villeins, semi-entitled to half a bearskin of winter nights, seven yards from the fire and adscript serfs, holding the revision of the scraped marrow-bone under heriot (Aren’t those beautiful words, Best Beloved?).

They are poetry in the form of prose and should be read out loud to all children with parents of good taste…actually they should be read out loud to everyone. Regularly.