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Why does the leopard have those spots? Why the camel his hump? Why is the cat always aloof? Rudyard Kipling's collection of fanciful origin tales,Just So Stories, answers these questions and more. British actor Geoffrey Palmer, known for his hangdog look, has acted in movies like The Madness of King George and Tomorrow Never Dies. His gruff tone brings energy to these stories that would have made Kipling himself smile. Sweetly, Palmer addresses his audience, a child, as "best beloved." In this production, the talents of two big personalities blend together to enthrall youngsters.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the Just So Stories collection.

Here is the complete and unabridged collection of Rudyard Kipling's delightful Just So Stories, which he first told to his own children before setting them down on paper: How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Leopard Got His Spots, How the Elephant Got His Trunk, The Butterfly that Stamped, and many others. Written in the late 1800s and first published in 1902, these enchanting animals remain unforgettable, over 100 years later. To hear these magic fables by a master of children's literature is to enjoy them.

©2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"This collection includes Kipling's 12 original Just So Stories narrated by Geoffrey Palmer, whose deep and resonant voice is perfectly suited to the tales. It is satisfying to hear the stories as they were meant to be told - aloud." (School Library Journal)

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  • 10-03-15


A great reading of a classic fable. I used to listen to a version that was performed slightly better on cassette tape as a child, but this one was still nicely nostalgic.