“In the High and Far-Off Times…there was one Elephant - a new Elephant - an Elephant's Child - who was full of 'satiable curiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions....”
Rudyard Kipling's famous Just So Stories provides imaginative answers to the many questions children ask about the world and the animals we share it with.
In this magical audio recording, iconic actress and wildlife conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE brings the best beloved of Kipling's stories to a brand new audience. The reading is followed by a fascinating hour-long interview in which McKenna talks with Alison Larkin about her life, her work rescuing wild animals, the Born Free Foundation, and how children of all ages can help make a difference. She also reads a few poems of her own inspired by animals she has known!
Just So Stories included are "How the Elephant Got Its Trunk", "The Cat That Walked by Himself", "How the Whale Got His Throat", "How the Camel Got His Hump", "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin", "How the Leopard Got His Spots", "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo", "The Beginning of Armadillos", "The Crab That Played with the Sea", and "The Butterfly That Stamped", and from the Jungle Book, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi".
About Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKenna starred in the multi-award-winning Born Free, in which she and her husband Bill Travers depicted the story of conservationists George and Joy Adamson and their reintroduction of Elsa, the orphaned lion cub, into the wild. That film, and all it still stands for, changed their lives.
What members say
- Mary Katherine Worth
Virginia McKenna has been one of my favorite actresses since I can't remember how long. To hear her reading Kipling so beautifully is a treat indeed. The interview at the end is fascinating and will inspire a new generation to help wild animals. Oh what a wonderful time I had listening to this with my kids on a long car journey to see my mother. They were entranced. This one is special.
What a wonderful audiobook! The narrator is none other than the great Virginia McKenna who reads with clarity and charm and brings these famous stories to life in her inimitable way. I loved the interview at the end with Alison Larkin whose work I also deeply admire. This is a wonderful listen. My kids loved it and have expressed an interest in the work McKenna is doing to help wild animals as a result of it. Wow. When an audiobook can motivate kids while entertaining them and introducing them to an iconic writer - well, what more can you ask?