Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review #4: The Jungle Book

     I know of at least three movies that were made based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The most familiar on to many of us is the animated Disney movie from 1967 that follows Mowgli, a boy that was raised by wolves and that was hated by the tiger, Shere Kahn, who is trying to kill Mowgli.

     I decided to read the book and was surprised. I expected the book to be one continuous story of Mowgli and his adventures. Instead it's a collection of short stories and poems about animals. There are three stories in which Mowgli is one of the main characters that the events of the movie are based. Those three stories are less than half of the book.

     All but one of the stories take place in India. One of the stories Is "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" which I remember reading for school decades ago about a young mongoose. It was good reading that story again along with the other stories.

     I liked these stories of a small slice of life in India in the late 19th century from the view of animals. If you like reading about animals, ou might like this story.

Tim's Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

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