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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.

4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log

Here we go in a flung festoon,
Half-way up to the jealous moon!
Don't you envy our pranceful bands?
Don't you wish you had extra hands?
Wouldn't you like if your tails were-so-
Curved in the shape of a Cupid's bow?
Now you're angry, but-never mind,
Brother, thy tail hangs down behind!

Here we sit in a branchy row,
Thinking of beautiful things we know;
Dreaming of deeds that we mean to do,
All complete, in a minute or two-
Something noble and wise and good,
Done by merely wishing we could.
We've forgotten, but-never mind,
Brother, thy tail hangs down behind!

All the talk we ever have heard
Uttered by bat or beast or bird-
Hide or fin or scale or feather-
Jabber it quickly and all together!
Excellent! Wonderful! Once again!

Now we are talking just like men!
Let's pretend we are ... never mind,
Brother, thy tail hangs down behind!
This is the way of the Monkey-kind.

Then join our leaping lines that scumfish through the pines,
That rocket by where, light and high, the wild grape swings.
By the rubbish in our wake, and the noble noise we make,
Be sure, be sure, we're going to do some splendid things!

Previous Chapter: 3. Kaa's Hunting / Next Chapter: 5. "Tiger! Tiger!"

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

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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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