The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Large Print - 1987
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This premium quality large print volume includes the complete and unabridged text of Rudyard Kipling's timeless collection of classic tales in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition.

With a generous 6"x9" page size, this Summit Classic Press edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and footers and modern design and page layout exemplify the attention to detail given this volume.

The Jungle Book, published in 1894, is a collection of tales that have delighted readers, young and old, for generations. First published as short stories in magazines in 1893 and 1894 and written during the years that Kipling lived in Vermont, the stories are most commonly seen as fables, using personified animal characters to teach moral lessons. The tales have also been interpreted as allegories commenting on the society, culture and politics of the times, and this interpretation is not difficult to find in Kipling's stories and verses.

The best-known "Jungle Book" characters are Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves, and his friends and enemies, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Kaa, an Indian python and Shere Khan, a tiger with a taste for man-cub and a long memory with which to hold a grudge. But also in these pages the reader will find fierce little Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the cobra-hunting mongoose, Toomai, the little boy who has seen, deep in the jungle, what no man has ever seen, and a host of supporting characters, both human and animal.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a prolific writer of short stories, poems, novels, travelogues and other commentary who is best known for his tales and poems about British soldiers in India and his children's stories. The first English-language recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, Kipling declined knighthood and appointment as Poet Laureate of Britain. Kipling's parents met and courted at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire before moving to India, and when their son was born in Bombay they recalled the lake in giving him the middle name by which he would be known as a writer.

In keeping with the custom of the times Kipling's parents sent him to a boarding house in England when he was five - it was a horrifying experience for the boy - and at the age of 16 he returned to India to a job as a writer at a British-run newspaper in Lahore, now in Pakistan, a job arranged by his schoolteacher father. Kipling would always think of himself as "Anglo-Indian", even though he lived most of his life elsewhere, including a very productive four years spent in Vermont.

Kipling published his first collection of poetry, "Departmental Ditties," in 1886. Between November 1886 and June 1887 he published an incredible thirty-nine short stories, and in 1888 volumes containing a total of forty-one stories were published in book form. He continued to write throughout his life, at a frenetic pace that did not slow until after World War I, and his work remains popular today. Regarded as a major innovator in the development of the short story, many of his works have become enduring classics and have never been out of print.

Kipling's Captains Courageous (ISBN-13: 978-1494945749; ISBN-10: 1494945746) is also available in a premium quality, unabridged large print edition from Summit Classic Press.
Publisher: Oxford : Windrush, 1987
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781494735951
Characteristics: 232 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jun 11, 2017

I enjoyed it. I'm amazed how graphic and violent old tyme children's stories are. They certainly don't shy away from how brutal or unfair life can be.

suspension of disbelief applies here: can you believe a boy being raised by a pack of wolves? best buddies with a black leopard and a bear? able to speak and be spoken to by all animals? I wonder how influenced edgar rice burroughs was, by this remember him: he wrote tarzan of the apes, which was dumbed down, who was dumbed down by, Hollywood. of course that was situationally Africa, and mowgli has his adventures in India. the book is a collection of short stories that cohere quit well. the best here is rikki-tikke-tavi, who is a mongoose. rikki has a to the death fight with a huge cobra. mowgli is not involved in this story. it adds depth to the whole saga. that's the quality of kipling: he brings depth as well as breadth. I have not been able to read KIM, though critics say it is his best, along with a few of the short stories. I recommend reading The Man Who Would Be King, next. The movie, starring Michael Caine, and Sean Connery, is also excellent.

Apr 05, 2017

amazing stories! full of adveture!!

Jan 17, 2017

I spent about three minutes flipping through this new edition of an old book, and was taken aback at how amazing the illustrations are! There are several fold-out and action pages (akin to pop-up books). I've never read this book, but now I plan to.

Nov 27, 2016

Okay, so I'm majorly biased, but my favorite character is the jackal. The jackal Tabaqui, to be precise. Can you tell? Anyway, I liked this book better than the Disney movie, mainly because of the poetry in between the stories. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was one of my favorites that wasn't related to Mowgli's story. Really interesting.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

Fun to read this after always wanting to!
SO different from the Disney movie (obviously) but it had been a long time since I had thought about Disney's weirdly motivated "adaptations" of classic stories. BUT I love Disney's Jungle Book, Bill Peet, one of my top three favorite children's book author/illustrators worked heavily on the Disney version, and his style is obvious in Mowgli's gangly body, and how Bagheera and Baloo move. The strangest thing reading Kipling's version, was that Kaa, the massive rock python, is Mowgli's friend/ally in the book, and possibly the animal who comes closest to him as an equal.
I was having all sorts of Kaa dreams after reading this, check out this passage after Kaa sheds his skin "for perhaps the two hundredth time since his birth" - "That afternoon Mowgli was sitting in the circle of Kaa's great coils, fingering the flaked and broken old skin that lay all looped and twisted among the rocks just as Kaa had left it. Kaa had very courteously packed himself under Mowgli's broad, bare shoulders, so that the boy was really resting in a living armchair." Did I mention that Mowgli is a hotty 17 year old for about half of Kipling's jungle book?
I could write a whole paper on this book, Kipling's morals and motivations, making human Mowgli the most superior and powerful being in the jungle and also a stellar example of ideal masculinity/imperialism because of his being raised in the Jungle. I'd also like to write a paper about Kaa's weird sensuality, all of the animals in the jungle are a little in love/lust with Mowgli.
Good read except for all the snake dreams.

Aug 28, 2016

The quoted School Library Journal is not for this book.

Jun 28, 2016

I loved it. I did not watch the cartoon. but I did watch the new one.

OPLKids Jul 31, 2015

Adventure - Mowgli kidnapped and raised by wolves. Friends, bear and panther, killed by tiger that was against them. Scared "bad wolves" and visited "man village"

Apr 01, 2014

I've been pleasantly surprised at how much my 10-year-olds have enjoyed this as a read-aloud! The old-style language hasn't fazed them at all.

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lms May 08, 2008

"Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves, and the wild animals of the jungle." (Novelist Review)


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Yellow_Cat_297 Jun 24, 2013

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."


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