The Just So Stories


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



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 Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
The Beginning of the Armadilloes How the First Letter was Written How the Alphabet was made
The Crab that Played with the Sea The Cat that Walked by Himself The Butterfly that Stamped
The Tabu Tale
Ham and the Porcupine



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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