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Perfect for children and adults alike, this brief and enchanting tale is drawn from Rudyard Kipling’s timeless Just So Stories, a collection of whimsical, mythological origin stories for children, intended to explain the vast array of unique physiological characteristics present throughout the animal kingdom. In "How the Whale Got His Throat", Kipling explains how it came to be that the enormous whale, with its genuinely cavernous maw, can only consume miniscule fish.

Geoffrey Palmer is a master of the oral storytelling tradition and has a voice perfectly suited to Kipling’s rich prose, his low, lilting voice dipping deep to bring the whale’s deep, guttural speech patterns to life, and accentuating the sly humor of this delightful story.

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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