The Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling


The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India; one place mentioned repeatedly is "Seonee" (Seoni), in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
A major theme in the book is abandonment followed by fostering, as in the life of Mowgli, echoing Kipling's own childhood. The theme is echoed in the triumph of protagonists including Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal over their enemies, as well as Mowgli's. Another important theme is of law and freedom; the stories are not about animal behaviour, still less about the Darwinian struggle for survival, but about human archetypes in animal form. They teach respect for authority, obedience, and knowing one's place in society with "the law of the jungle", but the stories also illustrate the freedom to move between different worlds, such as when Mowgli moves between the jungle and the village. Critics have also noted the essential wildness and lawless energies in the stories, reflecting the irresponsible side of human nature.
Excerpted from The Jungle Book on Wikipedia.

person AuthorRudyard Kipling
language CountryUnited Kingdom
api GenreChildren's LiteratureAdventureShort storiesAnimals
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
camera_alt Book cover-
book_online EbooksProject Gutenberg
description ScansGoogle-digitized
headphones AudioThanks to Librivox | Internet Archive:
Reader: Collaborative
headphones Part I
01. Mowgli’s Brothers
      Part 1, Part 2
02. Hunting-song Of The Seeonee Pack
03. Kaa’s Hunting
      Part 1, Part 2
04. Road-song Of The Bandar-log
05. “Tiger! Tiger!”
headphones Part II
07. The White Seal
      Part 1, Part 2
08. Lukannon
09. “Rikki-tikki-tavi”
      Part 1, Part 2
10. Darzee’s Chant
11. Toomai Of The Elephants
      Part 1, Part 2
12. Shiv And The Grasshopper
13. Her Majesty’s Servants
      Part 1, Part 2
14. Parade Song Of The Camp Animals
auto_stories Read onlineHTML version:
Reader: Meredith Hughes
Part I Part II