The jungle book Mowgli's story

Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936

Book - 2005

Presents three adventures of Mowgli, the boy reared by a pack of wolves in an Indian jungle, including "Mowgli's brothers," Kaa's hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!"

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Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2005.
1st U.S. ed
Physical Description
151 p. : ill. (some col.)
Main Author
Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936 (-)
Other Authors
Nicola Bayley (illustrator)
  • Night-song in the jungle
  • Hunting-song of the Seeonee pack
  • Maxims of Baloo
  • Road-song of the Bandar-log
  • "Tiger! Tiger!"
  • Mowgli's song.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 2-4. First published as part of Kipling's Jungle Book (1894), these three unabridged stories about the boy Mowgli, who is raised by animals, will reach today's readers with the whimsy of animals that speak to the man-cub and teach him the Law of the Jungle. The book design is great for lap sharing. The thick, beige-colored pages are printed with lush, intricate border patterns, and, appearing on every page, Bayley's small, beautiful, colored-pencil pictures show the whole thing--from the naked toddler snuggling with the bear, panther, and wolves to the young man confronting the fierce tiger and, later, entering the human community. The blend of tender nurturing and fierce jungle confrontation is thrilling, especially because although the beasts talk, each one stays true to its animal self. ((Reviewed May 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story offers a trio of unabridged tales by Rudyard Kipling from his The Jungle Book, and stars the man-cub-his rearing by wolves, Baloo the bear imparting instructions to Mowgli as to the Law of the Jungle and more. Nicola Bayley's framed full-page and inset illustrations do justice to the animals of the forest; each whisker or paw seems realistic enough to touch, yet she endows them with an intelligence that makes their communication with the human hero seem possible and probable. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1-6-Three stories-"Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!"-and six of the poetic songs from Kipling's classic work are accompanied by painterly illustrations. Floral-patterned borders decorate the gutter of every spread, drawing the eye to what is customarily an empty space. A combination of detailed miniature drawings and small framed paintings is strategically placed throughout the text. As is typical of Bayley's style, the masterful use of light, detail, rich color, and texture creates striking and evocative visual effects. The images of the tiger are especially expressive. Unfortunately, the decorative layout and small size of the images don't fully capture the lush setting and drama of Mowgli's adventures. Still, this is a beautifully designed book. Jerry Pinkney's The Jungle Book (HarperCollins, 1995) is another visually appealing version that includes 18 of Kipling's original stories.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents three adventures of Mowgli, the boy reared by a pack of wolves in an Indian jungle, including "Mowgli's brothers," Kaa's hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!"

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents three unabridged adventures of Mowgli, the boy reared by a pack of wolves in an Indian jungle, including Mowgli's brothers, Kaa's hunting, and Tiger! Tiger!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Kipling's classic Mowgli tales spring to new life with the help of stunning artwork by acclaimed illustrator Nicola Bayley.First published over a century ago, these three unabridged stories from THE JUNGLE BOOK about the man-cub, Mowgli, have delighted adults and children ever since. The stories tell of Mowgli's upbringing among the wolves; his lessons in the Law of the Jungle from Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Kaa the python; his kidnapping by the Monkey People; and his clash with the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Illustrated in striking full color and exquisite detail by award-winning artist Nicola Bayley, this is a book to treasure forever.