The Jungle Books, published in 1894 and 1895, and set in the far-away climes of India and the Aleutians, was actually written during the four years Kipling lived in the United States. Book I of The Jungle Books introduces us to all of the wonderful Kipling jungle characters: Bagheera, the black panther; Shere Khan, the lame but evil tiger who lives near the Waingunga River; Mowgli, the man-cub; Toomai of the Elephants; Kaa the Rock Python snake; Baloo, the sleepy brown bear whose job it is to teach the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle; and many more. Part One includes the following stories: Mowgli's Brother; Kaa's Hunting; 'Tiger-Tiger!'; The White Seal; 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'; Toomai of the Elephants; and Servants of the Queen "The great panther leaped as a kitten leaps at a dead leaf whirling overhead, struck left and right into the empty air that sung under the strokes, landed noiselessly and leaped again and again, while the half purr, half growl gathered head as steam rumbles in a boiler. 'I am Bagheera-in the jungle-in the night, and my strength is in me. Who shall stay my stroke?'" -from "Letting in the Jungle" For Rudyard Kipling, the jungle was at once a fierce and an infinitely gentle place. The Noah's Ark assortment of animal characters that populate his stories are endowed with personality and temperament-their human counterparts are not difficult to recognize. Even Mowgli, the wolf-child, is secondary to the magnetism and allure of the jungle and its exotic creatures. Part Two includes the following stories: How Fear Came; The Law of the Jungle; The Miracle of Purun Bhagat; A Song of Kabir; Letting in the Jungle; Mowgli's Song Against People; The Undertakers; A Ripple Song; The King's Ankus; The Song of the Little Hunter; Quiquern; Angutivun Tina; Red Dog; Chil's Song, The Spring Running; and The Outsong.
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by Rudyard Kipling
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