Just So Stories (version 5)


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.9 stars; 26 reviews)

The stories, first published in 1902, are fantastic accounts of how various natural phenomena came about. The original editions of Just So Stories were illustrated with woodcuts by Kipling himself. Each story is accompanied by a poem, in a somewhat ballad style. Many of the stories are addressed to “Best Beloved” (they were first written for Kipling’s eldest daughter, Josephine, who had died during an outbreak of influenza in 1899), and throughout they use a comically elevated style inspired by the formal speech of India, full of long and improbable-sounding words, some of them made up. As a result, it is a delight to read them aloud, and easy to memorize passages from them. they have been recorded several times before but I wanted to enjoy rolling those wonderful words around myself. What fun!(Summary from Wikipedia) (3 hr 30 min)

Chapters

01 - HOW THE WHALE GOT HIS THROAT 7:54 Read by Phil Chenevert
02 - HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP 7:53 Read by Phil Chenevert
03 - HOW THE RHINOCEROS GOT HIS SKIN 6:37 Read by Phil Chenevert
04 - HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS 15:18 Read by Phil Chenevert
05 - THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD 18:58 Read by Phil Chenevert
06 - THE SING-SONG OF OLD MAN KANGAROO 9:22 Read by Phil Chenevert
07 - THE BEGINNING OF THE ARMADILLOS 19:57 Read by Phil Chenevert
08 - HOW THE FIRST LETTER WAS WRITTEN 23:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
09 - HOW THE ALPHABET WAS MADE 24:05 Read by Phil Chenevert
10 - THE CRAB THAT PLAYED WITH THE SEA 24:47 Read by Phil Chenevert
11 - THE CAT THAT WALKED BY HIMSELF 26:58 Read by Phil Chenevert
12 - THE BUTTERFLY THAT STAMPED 24:38 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

(5 stars)

For those who can find delight in well told (and well read) fables for children, the "Just So Stories" are hard to beat.

(5 stars)

Beautifully narrated stories - a real delight