The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Nicola Bayley, is the perfect choice for a child who loves animals. Kipling's stories about the man-cub, Mowgli, have delighted readers since 1894. This volume includes three separate stories: "Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!" In this exquisitely designed edition, well-known British artist Bayley has created warm, colored pencil artwork that evokes a far-off jungle. Bayley's art brings Mowgli and his animal friends to life for a new generation of readers.
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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.
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.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 October
This beautifully illustrated volume presents three unabridged tales from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (Tor Books, reprint 1992): "Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaas Hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!" These stories retain their freshness, and the involved plots, non-stop action, and lilting language will continue to enthrall readers. The first tells of how Mowgli is adopted and raised by wolves in the jungles of India. The second elaborates on Mowgli's jungle adventures, including his encounter with Kaa, the cobra. In the third story, Mowgli returns to the world of men, and while he has a terrible time readjusting, he does learn how to finally overcome his life-long enemy, the tiger, Shere Khan. The stories are accompanied by verses that appeared in original editions, such as "Night Song in the Jungle," "The Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack," and "Maxims of Baloo." Soft pastel pencil illustrations appear on almost every page, and ornate gutter and end paper designs add to the rich presentation. The enticing cover will attract attention, and while the length of the selections and challenging vocabulary may cause some original dismay, readers who persevere will be richly rewarded. Teachers and media specialists may want to spark interest through booktalks and oral reading presentations, especially for audiences who have been reared on the Disney version. Recommended. Kathleen McBroom, Media Specialist, Dearborn (Michigan) Public Schools © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
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.
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.