Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories (1989 words)


Once an essential part of an English-speaking childhood, Kipling’s Just So Stories have fallen out of favor, replaced by the more contemporary wonders of The Hobbit and Harry Potter. Yet these stories are cut from the same cloth as his other children’s books, such as the more enduring The Jungle Books (1894-95), and the later Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) and its companion, Rewards and Fairies (1910). Certainly the Just So Stories are a looser confederation of tales, each one giving a whimsical explanation for how the natural world came to be, leading up to the invention of writing itself. Yet of all his juvenile works, the Just So Stories best …

Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "Just So Stories". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 February 2020 [, accessed 23 April 2021.]

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