Just So Stories, Hardback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Kipling began these stories in Vermont, to amuse his daughter when they were living in his wife's home town.

The comic explanations, such as how the camel got his hump and how the whale got his throat, are complemented by the author's illustrations, with their extensive and ridiculous captions.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, b&w illustrations, 2-colour endpapers, bookplate
  • Publisher: Everyman
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9781857159066



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Quirky and whimsical stories that give explanations for such things as an elephant's trunk, a camel's hump, or the tides. The tales themselves have a distinct non-Western feel, and could easily be mistaken for older, traditional tales despite being written by a Brit in the early 1900s. The tales are unique but written in an odd almost oral style that takes some getting used to. They might be better read aloud than read internally. Having enjoyed the tales as a child I am uncertain if they would still be appealing to modern children or if they're still appreciated even in the modern age.