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When Father Wolf and Mother Wolf find a man-­cub in the jungle, they anger the greedy tiger Shere Khan by refusing to surrender it to his jaws, and rear the child as their own. But when little Mowgli grows up, the pack can no longer defend him. He must learn the secret of fire, and with the help of his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, he faces his nemesis at last. BACKSTORY: Learn about India's jungles and the animals that live there!

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kim is the orphaned son of an Irish soldier and a poor white mother who have both died in poverty. Living a vagabond existence in India under British rule in the late 19th century, Kim earns his living by begging and running small errands on the streets of Lahore.

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The Second Jungle Book is a sequel to The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. First published in 1895, it features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories, all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in Vermont. All of the stories were previously published in magazines in 1894-­5, often under different titles. The book is less well-­known than the original.

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The weather door of the smoking-­room had been left open to the North Atlantic fog, as the big liner rolled and lifted, whistling to warn the fishing-­fleet. "That Cheyne boy's the biggest nuisance aboard,­" said a man in a frieze overcoat, shutting the door with a bang. "He isn't wanted here. He's too fresh.­" A white-­haired German reached for a sandwich, and grunted between bites: "I know der breed. Ameriga is full of dot kind. I deli you you should imbort ropes' ends free under your dariff.­" "Pshaw! There isn't any real harm to him. He's more to be pitied than anything,­" a man from New York drawled, as he lay at full length along the cushions under the wet skylight. "They've dragged him around from hotel to hotel ever since he was a kid. I was talking to his mother this morning. She's a lovely lady, but she don't pretend to manage him. He's going to Europe to finish his education.­"

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Rudyard Kipling, a major figure of English literature, used the full power and intensity of his imagination and writing ability in his excursions into fantasy. Kipling is considered one of England’s greatest writers, but was born in Bombay. He was educated in England and returned to India in 1882, where he began writing fantasy and supernatural stories set in his native continent:,,­and his most famous horror story, (1890). This masterwork collection, edited by Stephen Jones (Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed anthologist) for the first time collects all of Kipling’s supernatural fiction, ranging from traditional ghost stories to psychological horror.

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The stories, first published in 1902, are pourquoi stories, fantastic accounts of how various phenomena came about. A forerunner of these stories is "How Fear Came" in The Second Jungle Book (1895), in which Mowgli hears the story of how the tiger got his stripes.

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IN the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his mate, and the mackereel and the pickereel, and the really truly twirly–whirly eel. All the fishes he could find in all the sea he ate with his mouth—so! Till at last there was only one small fish left in all the sea, and he was a small 'Stute Fish, and he swam a little behind the Whale's right ear, so as to be out of harm's way. Then the Whale stood up on his tail and said, 'I'm hungry.­' And the small 'Stute Fish said in a small 'stute voice, 'Noble and generous Cetacean, have you ever tasted Man?

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On connaît sous le nom de Livre de la jungle les aventures du jeune Mowgli en dessin animé ou film. Mais l'ouvrage original de Rudyard Kipling regroupe en fait sept récits. Les trois premiers mettent en scène Mowgli, petit garçon volé dans un village par le tigre Shere Khan, sauvé par un clan de loups et pris sous leur protection par la panthère Bagheera et l'ours Baloo. Viennent ensuite les aventures de Kotick, le phoque blanc qui cherche pour ses semblables un lieu où les hommes ne pourront pas les massacrer, de Rikki-­tikki-­tavi, adorable mangouste qui sauve son petit maître d'un terrible couple de cobras, de Toomai, le petit cornac qui voulait voir danser les éléphants... L'auteur, conteur magnifique, grand amoureux et connaisseur de l'Inde et de la nature, propose un voyage fabuleux au coeur de la jungle, parmi les loups, les tigres et les éléphants. Dans son monde, les animaux parlent et font souvent montre de sagesse, parfois de cruauté, ils sont effrayants comme Kaa le . . .

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