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The stories, first published in 1902, are fantastic accounts of how various natural phenomena came about. The original editions of Just So Stories were illustrated with woodcuts by Kipling himself. Each story is accompanied by a poem, in a somewhat ballad style. Many of the stories are addressed to “Best Beloved” (they were first written for Kipling’s eldest daughter, Josephine, who had died during an outbreak of influenza in 1899), and throughout they use a comically elevated style inspired by the formal speech of India, full of long and improbable-sounding words, some of them made up. As a result, it is a delight to read them aloud, and easy to memorize passages from them. they have been recorded several times before but I wanted to enjoy rolling those wonderful words around myself. What fun!
Please be forewarned that this recording has the n word which was very upsetting to hear while listening with my 8 year old daughter. I would like this story to be removed from the playlist so that other children aren't exposed.
Very good for when you're trying to get to sleep and want to listen to something. The reader is very fast, which makes it hard to listen sometimes, but that seems to help, because trying to pay attention to something shuts shout brain down. Nice and interesting stories, I recommend this book to whoever is reading this right now, because abviousely you're either desperate for something to do, or bored enough to look at comments.
As if Kipling were reading to you by a cozy fire - delightful reading!
I really enjoyed this! The reader is very good. A pleasure to listen to!
Excellent reader for voice, rhythm and expressivity. I want to listen more from him.
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