For many summers growing up, my brother, sister, and I would go visit out grandparents, just us. Both sets lived in close proximity to one another, so we would spend one week with one set, and then another week with the other set. When we were at my mom’s parents, my Nana loved to have me read out loud before bed each night. She, along with the rest of my family, encouraged my love of reading, and she enjoyed getting me to read out loud. My Nana and Grandpa Youngblood had several collections of children’s stories I would read from, one of them being the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Their whimsy made them some of my favorites to read, especially How the Camel Got Its Hump and The Elephant’s Child.
A couple of years ago, for Christmas, my grandparents gave me a copy of Just So Stories as tribute to these wonderful memories, and also so I could read them to my own children someday. After a couple of heavy reads recently, I decided to do to a light and fun book. Picking Just So Stories was an easy choice.
Just So Stories is, as the back of the book summarizes, “a collection of fables…delightful tales of whales and cats and kangaroos and crabs. Venture into the High and Far-Off Times, and uncover everything from how the camel got in a humph (and got his hump!) to how the alphabet was invented. Enchanting and very funny, these fantastical stories will take you on a journey tot he boundaries of reality and beyond.”
These stories are best when they are read out loud at bedtime, to a child with great imagination and love for fairytales. I cannot wait to read these and other whimsical and witty tales to my future children. These are definitely a childhood staple.
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling gets 4/5 stars.