Reviews for Jungle book : Mowgli's Story


Booklist Reviews 2005 May #1
Gr. 2-4. First published as part of Kipling's Jungle Book (1894), these three unabridged stories about the boy Mowgli, who is raised by animals, will reach today's readers with the whimsy of animals that speak to the man-cub and teach him the Law of the Jungle. The book design is great for lap sharing. The thick, beige-colored pages are printed with lush, intricate border patterns, and, appearing on every page, Bayley's small, beautiful, colored-pencil pictures show the whole thing--from the naked toddler snuggling with the bear, panther, and wolves to the young man confronting the fierce tiger and, later, entering the human community. The blend of tender nurturing and fierce jungle confrontation is thrilling, especially because although the beasts talk, each one stays true to its animal self. ((Reviewed May 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
Three stories, "Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!", and six songs (e.g., "Night-Song in the Jungle") are combined in this collection. With its lush colored-pencil illustrations, this volume would be a welcome addition to any home library. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 June #1
Printed on heavy, coated stock, with wide floral borders adding further notes of luxury, these three complete tales from Kipling's classic, with attendant verses, get both sumptuous packaging and a generous helping of small, finely detailed illustrations. This treatment not only captures the action and exotic locales, but, most expressively, the power and beauty of the wolves, Bagheera, Balloo and the other animals among whom young Mowgli is raised. As always, Kipling's measured prose and poetry is a treat to read alone or, especially, aloud; here the story of Mowgli's education in the Law of the Jungle, his first try at living among humankind, his kidnapping by the Monkey People, and his triumph over the tiger Shere Khan will keep young audiences rapt. An ideal replacement for the edition of these tales illustrated by Inga Moore (1992), and other edited versions. (Fiction. 9-11) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 May #2
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story offers a trio of unabridged tales by Rudyard Kipling from his The Jungle Book, and stars the man-cub-his rearing by wolves, Baloo the bear imparting instructions to Mowgli as to the Law of the Jungle and more. Nicola Bayley's framed full-page and inset illustrations do justice to the animals of the forest; each whisker or paw seems realistic enough to touch, yet she endows them with an intelligence that makes their communication with the human hero seem possible and probable. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 June
Gr 1-6-Three stories-"Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!"-and six of the poetic songs from Kipling's classic work are accompanied by painterly illustrations. Floral-patterned borders decorate the gutter of every spread, drawing the eye to what is customarily an empty space. A combination of detailed miniature drawings and small framed paintings is strategically placed throughout the text. As is typical of Bayley's style, the masterful use of light, detail, rich color, and texture creates striking and evocative visual effects. The images of the tiger are especially expressive. Unfortunately, the decorative layout and small size of the images don't fully capture the lush setting and drama of Mowgli's adventures. Still, this is a beautifully designed book. Jerry Pinkney's The Jungle Book (HarperCollins, 1995) is another visually appealing version that includes 18 of Kipling's original stories.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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