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Viral Internet videos prove it; the cat is one fiercely independent creature. In "The Cat That Walked by Himself" Rudyard Kipling explains why man could domesticate all wild animals, except the cat. Geoffrey Palmer's playful reading of this tale makes for fun listening. He capitalizes on Kipling's use of singsong repetition to get audiences giggling. Together, Kipling and Palmer create a hilarious, and keenly observant, fable. Young and old audiences will find themselves enthralled for half an hour with this wondrous animal, who won't much care because, in the words of Kipling, "the cat walks by himself and all places are alike to the cat".

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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  • Zac Pfaff
  • 06-12-19

A very cute story...

I much enjoyed this story and it was very true to form for a cat.