Review: Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

jssTitle: Just So Stories

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Pages: 169 p

ISBN 13: 978-81-7655-569-2

Publisher: Scholastic India Pvt Ltd, 2007

Do you know how whale got his throat? How the camel got his hump (it was humph by the way)? Or how the rhinos got his skin?

Do you know that actually leopard had no spots, things occurred and made him like he is now. Or do you know that previously the kangaroo couldn’t jump that high and that fast?

Well, Kipling has the answers, the stories, to explain all of those. There 12 stories in this book and shows us unimaginable matters that (imaginatively) happened. Two nice stories are about the family of Tegumai and his daughter, Taffimai (Taffy). Taffy and her father created alphabets that we are using it now.

Most Indonesians perhaps are fascinated by the mentioning of Indonesia on this book in “The Crab that Played with the Sea”..

; and he breathed upon the sand and the rocks, where they had fallen on the sea, and they became the most beautiful islands of Borneo, Celebes, Sumatra, Java, and the rest of the Malay Archipelago, and you can look them up on the map! (page 116-117)

Or a White Star were to try a

Little trip to Sourabaya,

Or a B.S.A went on

Past Natal to Cheribon

(page 129-130)

My favorite is The Cat that Walked by Himself. We know that dogs are men’s friends, horses are the servants, cows are the giver of good food, but cats are just cats. A cat just walks by himself, and all places are alike to him.


I wasn’t really captivated by this Kipling’s Playing God book. But it’s quite fun to read. Three of five stars.

Thanks to Mbak Dwi idolaku who gave me this book <3


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