The jungle book
eAudio - 2016
The Jungle Book is a collection of stories, originally published in magazines in the late 1800s, which involve animals with anthropomorphic characteristics to convey moral lessons. The most famous of these stories involve a young Indian boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves in the Indian Jungle. He and his friends Baloo, a sloth bear, and Bagheera, a black panther, go on many adventures culminating to a fight with the jungle's bully, the tiger Shere Khan. Containing other famous stories... such as Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants, this collection of Rudyard Kipling's most famous stories encompasses his time living in India and the wonders of the Indian jungle.
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Necessarily vastly abridged to maintain the publisher's page count, and without referencing Kipling's idiom, this graphic novelization nonetheless offers readers a rich retelling. Pages pop with nicely varied frames that befit their content, and characters' speech and captions are appropriately assigned rather than being seemingly random text attributions. The deeply and broodingly colored images, however, are what make this a good read, with animal-appropriate movement, expressive faces, and animated body language. While certainly no substitute for Kipling's own storytelling prowess, this is, nonetheless, a worthwhile version to provide for visual learners, whether as a lead-in to the original or as a stand-alone experience. The tight binding may frustrate some but the book won't wear out. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.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
PreS-Gr 2—This retelling opens with Mowgli showcasing his jungle skills as taught to him by Baloo and Bagheera. Vibrant digital vignettes display Mowgli not only surviving but thriving in a wild setting. Moving on to Mowgli's backstory, readers are introduced to villain Shere Khan. Through the tiger's dialogue, readers learn that Mowgli was abandoned in the forest by his parents, and can safely assume that Shere Khan means to harm him—though it is merely evidenced by the way the tiger roars his claims to the child and not explicitly stated in text. Fortunately, Mother and Father Wolf leap to Mowgli's defense and offer him love and protection as adoptive parents. As a young boy, Mowgli is safe and happy in his jungle home, but as he grows, the animals who vowed to protect him age and younger animals rise up to take leadership of the pack. The younger animals are vulnerable to Shere Khan's bad intentions, which puts Mowgli in a position where he must prove himself at a special pack meeting. This retelling is a great beginner version for young listeners as the lush beauty and exciting activities one can enjoy only in the wild are highlighted over the more mature elements of the story, such as abandonment and Shere Khan's plans to kill the child. The dynamic digital cartoon artwork supports this by depicting the jungle animals with large, expressive eyes and soft lines that take the bite out of fearsome features like claws and sharp teeth. VERDICT A solid addition to most library collections.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH [Page 111]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.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 School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 3-5 –All three adaptations of these classic novels fall prey to the usual pitfalls involved in such a process. The bare outlines of the plots are provided, but character development, a true sense of place and time with regard to setting, and masterful description of the action all go by the wayside. Jungle Book is mistitled as it references only the Mowgli stories and moves from incident to incident so quickly that the "law of the jungle" morals in Kipling's anthropomorphic fables are lost. Treasure Island is written in a similar breakneck, choppy style, and Long John Silver, one of the most memorable characters ever created, is eminently forgettable in this telling. In 80 Days , the historic events that made such a journey even thinkable, like the opening of the Suez Canal and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, are never mentioned, nor is the International Date Line, which enabled Fogg to win his wager, mentioned, let alone explained. The cartoon illustrations in all three volumes border on offensive as no matter which country or culture is depicted, the dot-eyed faces are virtually identical except for minor variations in skin tone. Some illustrations make no sense, as when the action in 80 Days describes the servant Passepartout at the bottom of a circus pyramid, but the picture is of a Japanese tearoom.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ [Page 100]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
K-Gr 5—Children may be familiar with the story of Mowgli, who was raised by wolves and lives in the jungle, from either the classic or more recent films. This audio version, narrated by Peter Jeffrey, brings the three original tales to life. Narration is limited in inflection, and animal sounds, sound effects, and music are absent, but Jeffrey does a solid job engaging and holding listeners' attention. Younger children may need shorter listening sessions and facilitated discussion to enjoy the adventures of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and antagonist Shere Khan. VERDICT This would be a fine addition to any children's audio collection.—Rebecca Flannery, Memorial Elementary School, East Hampton, CT. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 1–4—When classic books are abridged and truncated (in this case called "a modern retelling"), the question always arises as to whether the heart of the story remains intact or whether it has been lost in oversimplification. Will the abridgement whet children's appetites so that they will approach the original version when older, or will they possibly believe they've already read it and pass it by? Rhatigan and Nurnberg have managed to make the story accessible to younger readers while preserving the main plot and characters. The narrative moves along quickly and maintains the drama of the original tale of little Mowgli, who is adopted by a wolf pack, befriended by Baloo and Bagheera, and threatened by Shere Khan, the vicious tiger. The illustrations are bright and flow across the spreads. An alert child may spot characters from other Kipling tales. VERDICT Buy where there is interest in other Kipling classics and their movie versions.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
The Jungle Book is a collection of stories, originally published in magazines in the late 1800s, which involve animals with anthropomorphic characteristics to convey moral lessons. The most famous of these stories involve a young Indian boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves in the Indian Jungle. He and his friends Baloo, a sloth bear, and Bagheera, a black panther, go on many adventures culminating to a fight with the jungle's bully, the tiger Shere Khan. Containing other famous stories such as Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants, this collection of Rudyard Kipling's most famous stories encompasses his time living in India and the wonders of the Indian jungle.Public Domain (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC