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Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories collection was originally composed as a unique kind of personal mythology: a selection of stories, geared toward children, intended to explain why different animals have spots vs. stripes, smooth vs. bumpy skin, why some are small and some large, some kind and some cranky. In this selection, "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo", Kipling describes the kangaroo’s transformation from a weak and stumpy creature to the majestic muscled animal we know and love today.

Skilled voice actor Geoffrey Palmer brings Kipling’s luminous prose to life, his lush, limber voice drawing out both the sly humor and the strange, stark morality of Kipling’s Just So world.

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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