Just So Stories (version 2)

Rudyard Kipling (1868 - 1936)

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. Read along online and see the illustrations at mainlesson.com. 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 memorise passages from them. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Animals & Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 How the Whale Got His Throat Kara Shallenberg
Play 02 How the Camel Got His Hump Kara Shallenberg
Play 03 How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin Kara Shallenberg
Play 04 How the Leopard Got His Spots Kara Shallenberg
Play 05 The Elephant's Child Kara Shallenberg
Play 06 The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo Kara Shallenberg
Play 07 The Beginning of the Armadillos Kara Shallenberg
Play 08 How the First Letter was Written Kara Shallenberg
Play 09 How the Alphabet was Made Kara Shallenberg
Play 10 The Crab that Played with the Sea Kara Shallenberg
Play 11 The Cat who Walked by Himself Kara Shallenberg
Play 12 The Butterfly that Stamped Kara Shallenberg