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How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin by Rudyard Kipling

Relates how the rhinoceros's lack of manners resulted in his baggy skin and bad temper.

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The twelve magical Just So Stories tell, among other things, how the camel got his hump, the leopard his spots, the elephant his trunk, how the alphabet was made, and how a butterfly caused mayhem at the court of King Solomon when he stamped. Kipling's own illustrations make Just So Stories one of the few enduring classics of children's literature. 

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Born in India and growing into early manhood, Kim wants to play the "great game" of imperialism. He is also spiritually bound to the lama, an old ascetic priest. As the two men become fired by a quest that takes them across the country, Kim tries to reconcile these opposing impulses. A celebration of their friendship in an often hostile environment, Kim captures at once the...

Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling

A mischievous imp called Puck delights two precocious youngsters with 10 magical fables about the hidden histories of Old England. Written especially for Kipling's own children, each enchanting myth is followed by a selection of the master storyteller's spirited poetry.

The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling

This energetic book takes young readers on a journey with a very curious baby elephant who has one question on his mind: What do crocodiles eat for dinner? But whenever he asks this question, he gets a spanking! Though he's never seen a crocodile before, the baby elephant sets out to the banks of a river to find the answer to his question.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Rescued as an infant from the savage tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is reared by a pack of wolves. His days are filled with excitement and danger as he learns the ways of the jungle from Bagheera the panther and the wise bear, Baloo. As the boy grows, he also learns he must take his place among his own kind - but first, he must face Shere Khan in a battle of wits and strength to...