Just So Stories

by Rudyard Kipling


Just So Stories for Little Children is a 1902 collection of origin stories by the British author Rudyard Kipling. Considered a classic of children's literature, the book is among Kipling's best known works.
Kipling began working on the book by telling the first three chapters as bedtime stories to his daughter Josephine. These had to be told "just so" (exactly in the words she was used to) or she would complain. The stories illustrate how animals obtained their distinctive features, such as how the leopard got his spots. 
The stories have appeared in a variety of adaptations including a musical and animated films. Evolutionary biologists have noted that what Kipling did in fiction in a Lamarckian way, they have done in reality, providing Darwinian explanations for the evolutionary development of animal features.
Excerpted from Just So Stories on Wikipedia.

person AuthorRudyard Kipling
language CountryUnited Kingdom
api GenreChildren's Literature, AnimalsShort stories
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
camera_alt Book coverThanks to Canva
book_online EbooksProject Gutenberg
description ScansGoogle-digitized
headphones AudioLibrivox | Internet Archive
auto_stories Read onlineJust So Stories
--Reader: Kara Shallenberg--
1902 collection of origin stories, it contains five stories: "How the Whale Got His Throat", "How the Camel Got His Hump", "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin", "How the Leopard Got His Spots", "The Elephant’s Child", "The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo", "The Beginning of the Armadillos", "How the First Letter Was Written", "How the Alphabet Was Made", "The Crab That Played with the Sea", "The Cat That Walked by Himself", and "The Butterfly That Stamped".