The Jungle Book


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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a classic story of friendship between man and beast. Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther. The adventures of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the snake-fighting mongoose, little Toomai and the elephant's secret dance, and Kotick the white seal are all part of Mowgli's extraordinary journey with his animal friends. The book includes a behind-the-scenes journey, ...

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Jul 4, 2017

Great Stories, Characters, and Poems

Written in 1894 and 1895 The Jungle Book is a collection of stories featuring some of the most famous characters in literature. Most of these stories are about Mowgli and his relationship with the animals of the Indian jungle. Raised by wolves since an infant, Mowgli grows to be part of the wolf pack and is viewed by the other wolves as such. Mowgli gets along with most of the animals in the jungle; Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear are the main protectors and mentors to Mowgli; however, Shere Khan is the ever present antagonist in this collection of stories. One theme in the book is the struggle Mowgli has with being both a wolf (of sorts) and a human. The subject of this review is the Educator Classic Library version of The Jungle Book; this version contains explanatory notes in the margins, illustrations, and background knowledge on Rudyard Kipling. The quotes, poems, and ballads at the beginning and/or end of each story make this one of most enjoyable books I have ever read. In sum, The Jungle Book contains great stories, memorable characters, and delightful poetry.

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