In subject and setting the stories of this book range from animals to the origins of the alphabet and from prehistoric caves to the jungle forests of Africa. Illustrated with playful, riddling drawings and scattered through with rhymes and poems, this is a richly inventive collection, every tale a miniature masterpiece touched with Kipling's authentic magic.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was a British author and poet. Born in Bombay, British India (now Mumbai), he is best known for his works of fiction The Jungle Book (1894), (a collection of stories which includes Rikki-Tikki-Tavi), Kim (1901) (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888); and his poems, including Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works speak to a versatile and luminous narrative gift.