10 January 2011

Book Nook

A new series.  We love to read (obviously, since B's post-grad degrees are in French lit, and I nearly minored in English lit), and we've passed this on to our children.  So I thought I'd talk about some of the things we read with our children.

First up - Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories.  I grew up reading, and loving, these stories.  I read them and reread them over and over again, always captivated by Kipling's use of language.  His stories came to life, and these stories stayed with me over the years.  When my son was born, I knew I wanted to read those stories to him, to share with him my love of Kipling.  So we got a volume of them and began reading them to him, and he loves them.  We've just ordered the full volume (I'd thought the set we have was going to have all the stories, but it doesn't, and it's censored).  K loves these stories and talks about them. He changes which one is his current favourite, but most recently that was "The Cat That Walked By Himself".  I'm glad we read these stories to the kids, and that they enjoy hearing them again and again.  If you've not read them, or haven't read them in a while, pick them up!  You won't regret it.


  1. They're wonderful. I suggest getting one where Kipling has done the illustrations, too. His captions are rather hilarious. I think I enjoy these stories more than The Jungle Book stories, though those are good, too, of course.

  2. are they available through amazon?

  3. Yep. http://www.amazon.com/Just-So-Stories-Collectors-library/dp/1904633404/ref=sr_1_26?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294760925&sr=1-26

    You can read them online, but the illustrations aren't there: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2781/2781-h/2781-h.htm