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  Spartan Stories - Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book 

Category: Rudyard Kipling, Stories, Public Domain, Adventure stories, Savage, India, Jungle, Creatures, Mowgli, The Jungle Book, Short Stories Collection, Novel, Mid Length Novel

Short description The Jungle Book is a collection of short story adventure masterpieces. The best-known of these stories are the first three revolving around the adventures of an abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other stories are probably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler and Kotick, The White Seal seeking for his people a haven where they would be safe from hunters.
Writers Rudyard Kipling
Names The Jungle Book, The First Jungle Book, The Jungle Book 1, The 1st Jungle Book
Last Update 2009
Age 6+
Series Mowgli, The Jungle Book
Type Adventure stories, Savage, India, Jungle, Creatures
Domain Public Domain
Score unrated
Length Short Stories Collection, Novel, Mid Length Novel
Chapters 1. Mowgli's Brothers, 2. Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack, 3. Kaa's Hunting, 4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log, 5. "Tiger! Tiger!", 6. Mowgli's Song, 7. The Sounding of the Call, 8. Lukannon, 9. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", 10. Darzee's Chant, 11. Toomai of the Elephants, 12. Shiv and the Grasshopper, 13. Her Majesty's Servants, 14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals

The Jungle Book

Each even-numbered chapter is a poem related to the preceding chapter's story.

14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals

Elephants of the Gun Teams
We lent to Alexander the strength of Hercules,
The wisdom of our foreheads, the cunning of our knees;
We bowed our necks to service: they ne'er were loosed again,-
Make way there-way for the ten-foot teams
Of the Forty-Pounder train!

Gun Bullocks
Those heroes in their harnesses avoid a cannon-ball,
And what they know of powder upsets them one and all;
Then we come into action and tug the guns again-
Make way there-way for the twenty yoke
Of the Forty-Pounder train!

Cavalry Horses
By the brand on my shoulder, the finest of tunes
Is played by the Lancers, Hussars, and Dragoons,
And it's sweeter than "Stables" or "Water" to me-
The Cavalry Canter of "Bonnie Dundee"!
Then feed us and break us and handle and groom,
And give us good riders and plenty of room,
And launch us in column of squadron and see
The way of the war-horse to "Bonnie Dundee"!

Screw-Gun Mules
As me and my companions were scrambling up a hill,
The path was lost in rolling stones, but we went forward still;
For we can wriggle and climb, my lads, and turn up everywhere,
Oh, it's our delight on a mountain height, with a leg or two to
spare!

Good luck to every sergeant, then, that lets us pick our road;
Bad luck to all the driver-men that cannot pack a load:
For we can wriggle and climb, my lads, and turn up everywhere,
Oh, it's our delight on a mountain height, with a leg or two to
spare!

Commissariat Camels
We haven't a camelty tune of our own
To help us trollop along,
But every neck is a hair trombone
(Rtt-ta-ta-ta! is a hair trombone!)
And this our marching-song:
Can't! Don't! Shan't! Won't!
Pass it along the line!
Somebody's pack has slid from his back,
Wish it were only mine!
Somebody's load has tipped off in the road-
Cheer for a halt and a row!
Urrr! Yarrh! Grr! Arrh!
Somebody's catching it now!

All the Beasts Together
Children of the Camp are we,
Serving each in his degree;
Children of the yoke and goad,
Pack and harness, pad and load.
See our line across the plain,
Like a heel-rope bent again,
Reaching, writhing, rolling far,
Sweeping all away to war!
While the men that walk beside,
Dusty, silent, heavy-eyed,
Cannot tell why we or they
March and suffer day by day.
Children of the Camp are we,
Serving each in his degree;
Children of the yoke and goad,
Pack and harness, pad and load!

THE END

Previous Chapter: 13. Her Majesty's Servants

Chapters: 1. Mowgli's Brothers, 2. Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack, 3. Kaa's Hunting, 4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log, 5. "Tiger! Tiger!", 6. Mowgli's Song, 7. The Sounding of the Call, 8. Lukannon, 9. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", 10. Darzee's Chant, 11. Toomai of the Elephants, 12. Shiv and the Grasshopper, 13. Her Majesty's Servants, 14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals

See also

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Homer - Iliad Homer - Odyssey Jack London - The Call of the Wild
Jack London - White Fang Robert E. Howard - Lord of Samarcand Robert E. Howard - The Beast from the Abyss
Robert E. Howard - The Bull Dog Breed Robert E. Howard - The Hyena Robert E. Howard - The Valley of the Worm
Rudyard Kipling - In the Rukh Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling - The Second Jungle Book
Virgil - Aeneid

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