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This installment of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, that timeless mythology of the animal kingdom, seeks to explain how the elephant came to have its long, useful trunk - for, Kipling declares, the creature once had nothing but a nub of a nose, until a pesky crocodile made itself accidentally useful....

Voice actor Geoffrey Palmer has a rich, resounding voice capable of conveying drama and comedy both, and his sly intonations deftly illuminate the rhythms of Kipling’s unforgettable prose. Palmer is especially adept at highlighting the darkly humorous and subtle moralistic aspects of Kipling’s beloved tales.

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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