Just So Stories


Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories is one of the best-loved story collections ever written for children. Twelve stories about animals, insects, and other subjects include How the Camel Got His Hump, The Butterfly That Stamped, and How the Alphabet Was Made.

Kipling wrote the stories for his young daughter, who would only go to sleep if they were told ‘just so.’ The first edition was published in Great Britain in 1902, along with black-and-white illustrations by the author himself. The stories have remained in print ever since, delighting young readers all over the world. Many of the tales are origin stories, explaining how an animal came to be the way it is. They are ripe with imagination, inventive vocabulary and word play.

About the Author
Rudyard Kipling, born in Bombay in 1865, was an English author famous for an array of works including Just So Stories and The Jungle Book. He received the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in 1936.

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