Do not confuse Disney’s The Junglebook movies with the stories that lie within this book’s pages. Yes, they were an inspiration, but they are based in more than fantasy. They echo hard times–abandonment, fostering, law, freedom. Their moral lessons remain as true today as when Kipling inspired them back in 1893-1894. Kudos to author Katherine Rundell for putting them into today’s writing context and vocabulary.
Book: Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli
Author: Katherine Rundell
Illustrator: Kristjana S. Williams
Hardcover: 231 pages
Publisher: Illustrated Middle-Grade Walker Books US (2018)
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Ages: 10-14; grades 4-8
Costa Children’s Book Award–winning author Katherine Rundell pens Kipling estate–approved Jungle Book origin stories.
This wise and witty companion to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic is likewise a series of connected stories about the man-cub Mowgli and his adventures among the animals in the Indian jungle. It includes all the original favorites like Baloo and Bagheera and gives female characters, like Mother Wolf, a more prominent role in Mowgli’s upbringing. The timely theme of the possibility of understanding and empathy across species, cultures, and genders will resonate with contemporary readers.
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