The Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling loved children, playing with them, chatting with them,
story-telling. Here he is telling a story on board a ship going to South Africa.
He had had some very sad years when he was small, and was determined
that his own children, Josephine, John, and Elsie, would have a happy time.

These are some of the stories he made up for them. They are called 'Just So'
because he told them again and again, and the children always wanted them
to be just the same. He drew the pictures for the book himself.

Click on the name to find the story.

How the Whale got his Throat How the Camel got his Hump How the Rhinoceros got his Skin
The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo The Cat that Walked by Himself The Elephant's Child
How the First Letter was Written How the Leopard got his Spots The Crab that Played with the Sea
The Butterfly that Stamped The Beginning of the Armadillos How the Alphabet was made

Since 2015 we have run a competition for Primary School children
to write their own Just So stories. We have not continued it
this year because of the disruption caused by the Covid19 emergency,
but you can click here to see how the competition worked out,
and read some of the brilliant prize-winning tales.

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