Just So Stories (unabridged)

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Rudyard Kipling

Just So Stories

Read by Geoffrey Palmer


‘I am the cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.’ Here are the delightful stories which Kipling first told his own children before setting them down on paper. How the Camel got his Hump, How the Leopard got his spots, How the Elephant got his Trunk, The Butterfly that Stamped, and many others. They remain popular, entertaining every generation, partly because of the story and partly because of the vivid way they are written. To hear them – unabridged as they are here – is to enjoy them in their original form.

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  • Running Time: 3 h 31 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-408-9
    Cat. no.:NA325012
    Download size:51 MB
    Released:April 2005
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  • How the Whale got his Throat
  • How the Camel got his Hump
  • How the Rhinoceros got his Skin
  • How the Leopard got his Spots
  • The Elephant’s Child
  • The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
  • The Beginning of the Armadillos
  • How the First Letter was Written
  • How the Alphabet was Made
  • The Crab that Played with the Sea
  • The Cat that Walked by Himself
  • The Butterfly that Stamped


The best version of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.

Christina Hardyment, The Times

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

These literate and imaginative beast fables contain serious moral messages, but 101 years after their publication children still love them because they’re fun. Kipling believed his stories should be read aloud, ‘just so’, and narrator Geoffrey Palmer is just superb. He reads with the gentle assurance of a beloved grown-up, providing Kipling’s wildly improbable explanations to inquisitive children. We discover ‘How the Whale Got His Throat’, ‘How the Camel Got His Hump’, ‘How the Alphabet Was Made’, and much more. From South Africa to Jerusalem, from the mid-Atlantic to a fictional island in the Red Sea, all are set in that wonderful place where animals can talk. This charming production includes a pamphlet with drawings and a snippet of classical music as a prelude to each of the 12 stories.

S.J.H., AudioFile

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