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The Jungle Book - Gere Library Reading List

Lincoln Theatere Arts Academy presents The Jungle Book
BOOKLIST COMPILED BY GERE STAFF
(ALL SUMMARIES ARE PUBLISHER’S SUMMARIES)
ON SHOW – MARCH 13-14, 2015

For Children

Just So Stories
By: Rudyard Kipling
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Also available on Playaway
Each of these fascinating stories whisks you to exotic lands or sparkling seas from long ago to roam the earth with magical animals. In the dawn of the world, animals of all kinds – cats and kangaroos, elephants and crabs, whales and leopards – still had the amazing gift of language.

Splash!
By: Flora McDonnell
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When the jungle animals are hot, a baby elephant has a good solution involving the squirting and splashing of water at the water hole.

The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
By: Rudyard Kipling
j Kipling
Presents three adventures of Mowgli, the boy reared by a pack of wolves in an Indian jungle, including "Mowgli's brothers," Kaa's hunting," and "Tiger! Tiger!".

Manu and the Talking Fish
By: Roberta Arenson
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A classic Indian version of the story of the flood. Manu's fate is changed forever when he saves the life of a talking fish. The fish - who is really the god Brahma in disguise - rewards Manu for his kindness by warning him of the coming flood and telling him what he must do to save the world.

The First Music
By: Dylan Pritchett
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A series of accidents in the jungle proves that everyone has something special to add when it comes to making music.

Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh
By: Amy Novesky
Elephant-headed and big-bellied, mischievous and sweet, the god Ganesh is one of the most familiar faces in the world. But why does he have the head of an elephant? Set in the Himalayas in a time of gods and goddesses, Elephant Prince tells the story of a remarkable bond between a mother and her son, a remorseful god, a generous elephant and the boy who became Ganesh. Belgin K. Wedman's jewel-toned illustrations, reminiscent of classical Indian miniatures, complement this poetic story of one of the most beloved gods of all.

Tropical Forests
By: Tom Jackson
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A comprehensive look at the tropical forest biome, examining its climate, plants, animals, people, and future, plus detailed views of some particular tropical forest locations.

Bedtime in the Jungle
By: John Butler
jP Butler
As nighttime approaches, mother animals and their babies are settling down for the night. A rhinoceros soothes one child to sleep, while a monkey makes a bed for her two babies and a leopard tucks in her three little ones. By the time readers arrive at the stunning gatefold illustration at the end of the story, a herd of ten elephant babies is nodding off, and silence finally settles over the jungle. Perhaps other little eyes will begin to close as well.

Babar: The Movie
By: Laurent de Brunhoff
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Young Babar must save his homeland from the invasion of Rataxes and his band of marauding rhinos. The brave young King of the Elephants must work out a plan to outwit the attacking army, save his ladylove and win freedom for the residents of Elephantland.

Remote Jungles
By: Stephanie Fitzgerald
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Why are some rainforest rivers brown? Can some types of trees be dangerous? Which rainforest animal can run across the surface of a pond? This title discovers Earths hot and humid rainforests. Find out how humans explore the jungles, which strange creatures they have encountered, and how people can protect the jungles in the future.

For Adults

The Jungle Book
By: Rudyard Kipling
Kipling (Knopf ed.)
Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised by the animals in an Indian jungle, as well as other animal stories and songs.

Rudyard Kipling: A Life
By: Harry Ricketts
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By the time he was thirty, Rudyard Kipling was scaling the heights of literary fame with his Jungle Books and tales of India, but when he died in 1936, at seventy-one, he was widely ignored if not denigrated by the lions of literary fashion. In this absorbing reinterpretation of Kipling and his work, biographer Harry Ricketts brings his subject vibrantly alive in a world that both inspired and betrayed his imaginative genius.

Mythology of India: Myths and legends of India, Tibet and Sri Lanka
By: Rachel Storm
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Mythology of India details tales of gods, sprits and demons not only from India, but Tibet and Sri Lanka too. From the snowy mountains of the Himalayas to the scorching heat of southern India, a rich mythology is unfolded. Included are legends of gods and people who have shaped religious and philosophical thinking throughout the world. The book is punctuated with colorful spreads that tie together the key themes that run throughout different mythological traditions.

Kim
By: Rudyard Kipling
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Rudyard Kipling's epic rendition of the imperial experience in India is also his greatest long work. Born in India and growing into early manhood, Kim is the son of an Irish soldier born under British Imperial rule in 19th century India. Left in the care of a half-caste woman, Kim is free to explore the back allies and bazaars of Lahore. But when he meets with his father's old regiment he trades his native clothes for European suits and abandons his free wheeling life for the trappings of a secret agent. He wants to play the "great game' of imperialism. He is also spiritually bound to the lama, an old ascetic priest. As the two men become fired by a quest that takes them across the country, Kim tries to reconcile these opposing impulses. A celebration of their friendship in an often hostile environment, Kim captures at once the opulence of India's exotic landscape and the uneasy presence of the British Raj.

India: A history
By: John Keay
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The Indian subcontinent is one of the world’s most fascinating and complicated regions, the home of a billion and a half people, several major religions, and one of the world’s oldest and most richly diverse civilizations. In India: A History, acclaimed South Asia expert John Keay spans five millennia in a sweeping narrative that tells the story of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus to the events in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh today.