Children, Fiction, Reviews

The Jungle Book

By Rudyard Kipling

Run with them. Or fear them–

Bagheera the Panther: A silken shadow of boldness and cunning.

Kaa the Python: A thirty foot battering ram driven by a cool, hungry mind.

Baloo the Bear: who keeps the lore and the Law, and teaches the Secret Words.

Rikki the Mongoose: The young protector who sings as he slays.

Akela and Raksha the Wolves: Demon warriors of the Free People.

Shere Khan the Tiger: The dreaded enemy of all.

And Mowgli the Man-cub: The orphan baby raised by the wolves, taught by Baloo, trained by Bagheera and Kaa. The sorcerer who knows the ways of the jungle and speaks the language of the wild…

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I’ve never read The Jungle Book until now, despite being a fan of the Disney movie as a kid.

This version of The Jungle Book had a total of seven stories:

Mowgli’s Brothers
Kaa’s Hunting
Tiger! Tiger!
The White Seal
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Toomai of the Elephants
Her Majesty’s Servants

The stories were also interspersed with songs and poems.

As I read this book, I started to remember more of The Jungle Book movie that I’d forgotten… Now I want to watch it again.

Before I read the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, I read an article by someone whose cat was called Rikki-Tikki-Tabby, so I appreciated learning that reference. This section also reminded me on the TV show, The Wild Thornberries, because there’s an episode where Eliza meets a crazy mongoose that fights cobras.

I thought Toomai of the Elephants was a great one. The elephant’s dance was so beautifully written. It reminded me of a ballet I once saw. Not a very well known one. But in the ballet, one of the dancers danced a feverish dance by night. Or something like that.

I liked all of the stories in The Jungle Book except I didn’t care for the last one, which was boring in comparison to the others.

Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I’d Read as a Kid

This week’s TTT is a freebie, so I chose one theme from the archives. TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

-I read this for the first time in high school French class. I love it so much. I never even knew about it until that class, but I wish that I had.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

-I read this for the first time in college. I wish I’d read it in middle or high school. This was the kind of book I needed to read then.

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

-Still never read this book, though it’s kind of a quintessential classic for children.

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

-I recently moved out of my apartment complex. At that complex, people had a habit of setting their unwanted things near the elevator on each floor. I recently found this book, along with a few others, and it made me think how I never read it as a kid.

5. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

-Same as above.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

-Same as above

7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

-In late high school, I went on a quest to read all of C.S. Lewis’s books in this series. I think I maybe read four. I wish I’d read these when I was younger.

8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

-I wish I’d read all the books in this series. I’d seen the movie several times over, but never read the book or any of the others set in Oz.

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

-I wasn’t even familiar with this story until I watched the Johnny Depp film version.

10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

-Still never read this.