The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

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About the Author

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in India in 1865. He traveled widely during his life, living in England, India, the United States and South Africa. He wrote many books, including the children’s story The Jungle Book. Kipling was an immensely popular author during his lifetime, producing a vast amount of novels, poems, a semi-autobiography and several collections of short stories. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Image Courtesy: www.euro-synergies.hautetfort.com

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About the Author
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About the Book

The Jungle Book was originally written by Rudyard Kipling (1865"1936) and it is his most well-known story. It was published in 1894, and its sequel The Second Jungle Book came a year later in Vermont. It portrays the natural world and especially its creatures, and is entertaining to adult and child alike. The simplicity of the concept and the lack of moral overtones have made The Jungle Book leaves a lasting influence on the young. Image Courtesy : www.readersheaven.net

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About the Book
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Mowgli's new family

Mowgli, the man-cub, arrives at the mountain top home of the wolf pack led by Akela. He is taken in by Mother and Father Wolf. But Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to catch and eat the man-cub. Image Courtesy : www.deviantart.com

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Mowgli's new family
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From child to a boy

Mowgli grows up happily with the wolves. He learns the law of the jungle but also watches the men in the village outside the forest. As Akela, the old wolf leader, becomes weak, Shere Khan gets the young wolves of the pack to get Mowgli excluded from the pack. Mowgli realizes that it is time to move on. He promises to return one day with the tiger’s skin. Image Courtesy: www.kvblalibrary.wordpress.com

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From child to a boy
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Mowgli's teachers

Baloo, the old brown bear, Mowgli’s teacher, teaches Mowgli the language of the jungle. Mowgli learns how to communicate in the animal languages, survival techniques and all about jungle laws. He also learns how to hunt from Bagheera, the black panther. Image Courtesy : www.cinemaemcena.com.br

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Mowgli's teachers
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War in monkey city

Baloo and Bagheera also warn Mowgli to stay away from the Monkeys. But one day, Mowgli is kidnapped by the Monkeys. Baloo asks Kaa the snake for help. The monkeys take Mowgli to a building in the monkey city. Bagheera and Baloo arrive to save him and are attacked by the monkeys. In the end Kaa comes down, kills a few monkeys and the rest are so afraid that they climb the walls and run away from Kaa. Image Courtesy : www.playle.com

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War in monkey city
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Life in the man village

When Mowgli leaves the Wolf Pack, he goes to a man village. There he is rescued by Messua and her husband. They believe Mowgli is their own son, who was taken by a tiger many years ago. One day, when he is looking after the cattle, Mowgli hears from his Brother (one of his wolf cub step-brothers) that Shere Khan still wants to kill him. Mowgli plans an ambush. He divides the cattle up into two groups. Akela takes the one half of the cattle to one end of the dry river and his Brother takes the other half on to the opposite end. Image Courtesy : www.yearealestate.net.au

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Life in the man village
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Final battle with Shere Khan

Mowgli taunts Shere Khan and gets him to the middle of the river. The cattle are let loose from both side and Shere Khan is trampled to death in the stampade. When Mowgli is skinning the tiger, Buldeo, a hunter from the village, comes and tries to take the tiger skin for himself. But Mowgli and Akela scare him away. Image Courtesy : www.wildatheart94.tripod.com

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Final battle with Shere Khan
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Happy Ending

Buldeo tells the villagers that Mowgli is not a boy but a ghost as he can talk with the wolves. The villagers stop Mowgli from returning to the village. Now he is not welcome anywhere. Mowgli drags the tiger skin up to the mountain cave. He is welcomed back by his friends Bagheera and Akela and a small group of cubs who accept him in the pack. Image Courtesy : www.musicobsession.com

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Happy Ending
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