The Jungle Book

The well-known book The Jungle Book came into its own as one of the animated highlights of the Disney empire. It was published in 1894, and its sequel The Second Jungle Book came a year later during the time when Kipling was ensconced at Brattleboro in Vermont. The story tells of the child Mowgli who is a foundling brought up by wolves. He learns over time and due to the instructions of various animal mentors the rules or ‘Laws’ of the jungle. Key figures are the wise black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the sleepy bear. Both of these friendly beasts contribute to the child’s education. We learn about the great enmity between Mowgli and the tiger Shere Khan who killed the boy’s parents. Like Just So Stories (1902) it portrays the natural world and especially its creatures in a logical anthropomorphized manner, entertaining to adult and child alike. The simplicity of the concept and the lack of didactic moral overtones have made The Jungle Book a lasting influence on the young.

Table of contents
Mowgli’s Brothers
Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack
Kaa’s Hunting
Road-Song of the Bandar-Log
“Tiger! Tiger!”
Mowgli’s Song
The White Seal
Darzee’s Chaunt
Toomai of the Elephants
Shiv and the Grasshopper
Her Majesty’s Servants
Parade-Song of the Camp-Animals

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