Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


If you’ve visited one of the library’s branches during the past several weeks, it’s quite possible this phrase has come to mind. The libraries are gearing up for the summer reading club “Destination Jungle”. Registration begins June 24.

The book that immediately comes to mind is Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book. The library has just purchased new copies of this book. This new publication, illustrated by award winning artist, Robert Ingpen offers the story of Mowgli, and others such as The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the elephants, and others. The timeless quality of these stories is evident in the number of times they have been adapted for film. Reading a story as the author intended it, gives it an authenticity not found in other versions.

Despite Kipling’s prose being dated, its lyrical quality, transcends time. It’s social commentary and the themes of honour and courage, make this a wonderful book for reading aloud, or quiet enjoyment.

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