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The effervescent flute melody that opens this audiobook version of "The Crab That Played with the Sea", part of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So collection of origin fables, immediately transports the listener to one of the legendary author’s awe-inspiring fantasy worlds in this tale of how the actions of a rebellious crab explain why crustaceans shed their skin once a year.

The omnipotent Elder Magician’s intimidating boom and the quivering desperation of Pau Amma, the monster crab, are captured with equal aplomb by the talented Geoffrey Palmer, who brings this charming children’s story vividly to life.

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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