Ages 9 and up
Indian forests are one of the best forests in the world. They are full of trees, shrubs, and animals like bears, wolves, panthers, deer, tigers and snakes and this is where the Jungle book is based. Rudyard Kipling couldn’t have chosen a better place to base a story about a baby lost in a forest.
A baby’s a lost in the forest and instead of being hunted by the dangerous animals out there, he’s found and raised by a family of loving wolves, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. This baby grows up to be a boy named Mowgli. Mowgli spends all his time in the forest playing and hunting with the wolves and the other animals. He also goes through amazing adventures with them.
It’s not always fun to be in the forest and sometimes Mowgli gets into trouble. Once with the mischievous monkeys who kidnap him and then Shere Khan the Tiger who always wants to attack him.
This is a great book. Every child should read it, as I’m sure they will enjoy reading it. It will also make you wish that you got lost in the forest and lived and grew up there as it’s so interesting and there are so many things to do.
Rudyard Kipling is a great writer and this book clearly shows his ability to write and his great imagination. The way Mowgli grows up and the way he and the other animals interact with each other is breathtaking. Rudyard learnt a lot about forests when he wrote this book. He included stories and what he imagined was going on in the forest every day, when he lived in India. Some argue that the story was about the politics of that occurred at the time.
All that shouldn’t matter anyway, because it’s a great story. We should all be glad that he shared it with us.
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