JUST SO STORIES by Rudyard Kipling – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books
The stories, first published in 1902, are pourquoi (French for “why”) or origin stories, fantastic accounts of how various phenomena came about. A forerunner of these stories is Kipling’s “How Fear Came,” included in his The Second Jungle Book (1895). In it, Mowgli hears the story of how the tiger got his stripes.
The Just So Stories typically have the theme of a particular animal being modified from an original form to its current form by the acts of man, or some magical being. For example, the Whale has a tiny throat because he swallowed a mariner, who tied a raft inside to block the whale from swallowing other men. The Camel has a hump given to him by a djinn as punishment for the camel’s refusing to work (the hump allows the camel to work longer between times of eating). The Leopard’s spots were painted by an Ethiopian (after the Ethiopian painted himself black). The Kangaroo gets its powerful hind legs, long tail, and hopping gait after being chased all day by a dingo. The predator was sent by a minor god responding to the Kangaroo’s request to be made different from all other animals.
Kipling personally illustrated the original editions of the Just So Stories.
(summary adapted from wikipedia.org – attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Just_So_Stories&action=history)
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Chapter listing and length:
01 How the Whale got his Throat — 00:09:38
02 How the Camel got his Hump — 00:09:15
03 How the Rhinoceros got his Skin — 00:08:06
04 How the Leopard got his Spots — 00:14:53
05 The Elephant’s Child — 00:17:51
06 The Sing-song of Old Man Kangaroo — 00:10:12
07 The Beginning of the Armadillos — 00:18:54
08 How the First Letter was Written — 00:21:12
09 How the Alphabet was Made — 00:26:05
10 The Crab that Played with the Sea — 00:25:50
11 The Cat who Walked by Himself — 00:25:37
12 The Tabu Tale — 00:31:19
13 The Butterfly that Stamped — 00:23:50
Total running time: 4:02:42
Read by Tim Bulkeley
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