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Rudyard Kipling’s allegorical "The Butterfly That Stamped", part of his Just So collection of origin fables, centers on the contentious relationship between King Suleiman-bin-Daoud and his combative group of 999 wives, and how his chance encounter with a pair of quarreling butterflies helps him restore order at his chaotic royal palace.

From the wailing hysterics of the Butterfly’s wife to the reserved sagacity of the Queen Balkis, Geoffrey Palmer displays impressive range in his depiction of Kipling’s colorful cast of characters, both human and insect.

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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