Samuel West reads ten of Rudyard Kipling's famous tales, as broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
How the Whale Got His Throat
How the Leopard Got His Spots
The Beginning of the Armadillos
How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin
The Cat That Walked By Himself
How the Camel Got His Hump
The Crab That Played With The Sea
The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
The Butterfly That Stamped
The Elephant's Child
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of Just So Science, these charming tales are sure to delight listeners of all ages.
Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"), the Just So Stories (1902), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If-" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".