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Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories were initially composed as origin stories: new mythologies intended to illuminate how the various patterns and paw-prints and habits and habitats of the animal kingdom came to be. In "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin", Kipling explains why the rhinoceros - once, he says, a sleek smooth creature - has such crinkly, crumply, bumpy skin - and further, why he is such an irritable beast....

Geoffrey Palmer displays his admirable vocal range in this light performance, drawing out the deft humor of Kipling’s prose while simultaneously lending this sly story an air of true mythological gravity.

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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