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A Fresh Re-telling of Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories

The Just So Stories were written a long time ago. Times, attitudes and the use of language were very different.

I loved these stories as a child, but when I came to read them to my children, I saw there were problems. Eventually, I decided to do something about it and re-write the stories for today. In fact, all I had to do was chip away the old facade and there, underneath were the stories, as fresh as the day they were written, freed from the past.

Rudyard Kipling was both sensitive and a consummate professional. I’m sure, were he here today, he would have re-written them himself. Indeed, all through the process, I felt him leaning over my shoulder, smiling and winking and nodding his head as I made changes. If I didn’t feel it was okay, I didn’t make the change.

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How the Leopard Got His Spots – Rudyard Kipling – Just So Stories – Read Along

The leopard is happy to be sandy-yellow and greyish-brow all over. But when he goes to the speckly-spiclkly forest, he begins to wonder if spots would be better…

A fresh, new retelling of the classic Just So Story. The author, Rudyard Kipling, also wrote the Jungle Book over a hundred years ago. How the Leopard Got His Spots has been re-written, illustrated and told by award – winning British children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner, to bring it up to date with more modern ideas, language and idioms while keeping all the essential fun, language and playfulness of the original.

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The Cat That Walked By Himself – Rudyard Kipling – Just So Stories – Read Along

The Cat is the wildest Animal in the Wild Wet Woods. But when he sees the Man and Woman living in a warm, dry cave, he starts thinking about how he can join them…

A fresh, new retelling of the classic Just So Story. The author, Rudyard Kipling, also wrote the Jungle Book over a hundred years ago. The Cat that Walked by Himself has been re-written, illustrated and told by award – winning British children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner, to bring it up to date with more modern ideas, language and idioms while keeping all the essential fun, language and playfulness of the original.

Get the book from amazon here in the UK here in the USA And here in Canada