WEFOUNDJust so Stories (Annotated)


More than 100 years, oh Best Beloved, after Rudyard Kipling published his Just So Stories, authors including William Boyd, Hanif Kureishi and Michael Morpurgo are contributing to an anthology inspired by Kipling's classic children's book which will raise money for endangered species.

The Just When Stories, also featuring contributions from award-winning Australian illustrator Shaun Tan and Canadian writer Karen Connelly, winner of the Orange prize for new writers, will see the authors writing a short story about an animal of their choice. Boyd, author of Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms, has tackled the chimpanzee, Kureishi has taken on the ladybird and former children's laureate Morpurgo has written about a boy who finds a turtle.

Kipling's story collection — including How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Whale Got His Throat, How the Leopard Got His Spots and The Cat that Walked By Himself — was first published in 1902. "Three to four of the animals which Kipling wrote about are now highly endangered, so it seemed like a really nice fit to look at his stories again," said the Just When project's instigator Tamara Gray, a campaigner against illegal trade in endangered species since 1990. "The first person I approached was William Boyd , and he said it was a great idea and that he'd do it. I thought, if I can get him, I'm going to be able to do this."

More than 100 years, oh Best Beloved, after Rudyard Kipling published his Just So Stories, authors including William Boyd, Hanif Kureishi and Michael Morpurgo are contributing to an anthology inspired by Kipling's classic children's book which will raise money for endangered species.

The Just When Stories, also featuring contributions from award-winning Australian illustrator Shaun Tan and Canadian writer Karen Connelly, winner of the Orange prize for new writers, will see the authors writing a short story about an animal of their choice. Boyd, author of Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms, has tackled the chimpanzee, Kureishi has taken on the ladybird and former children's laureate Morpurgo has written about a boy who finds a turtle.

Kipling's story collection — including How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Whale Got His Throat, How the Leopard Got His Spots and The Cat that Walked By Himself — was first published in 1902. "Three to four of the animals which Kipling wrote about are now highly endangered, so it seemed like a really nice fit to look at his stories again," said the Just When project's instigator Tamara Gray, a campaigner against illegal trade in endangered species since 1990. "The first person I approached was William Boyd , and he said it was a great idea and that he'd do it. I thought, if I can get him, I'm going to be able to do this."

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 Elephant's Child
The Sing-Song Of Old Man Kangaroo
The Beginning Of The Armadillos
How The First Letter Was Written
How The Alphabet Was Made
The Crab That Played With The Sea
The Cat That Walked By Himself
The Butterfly That Stamped

IN the days when everybody started fair, Best Beloved, the Leopard lived in a place called the High Veldt. 'Member it wasn't the Low Veldt, or the Bush Veldt, or the Sour Veldt, but the 'sclusively bare, hot, shiny High Veldt, where there was sand and sandy-coloured rock and 'sclusively tufts of sandy- yellowish grass. The Giraffe and the Zebra and the Eland and the Koodoo and the Hartebeest lived there; and they were 'sclusively sandy-yellow-brownish all over; but the Leopard, he was the 'sclusivest sandiest-yellowish-brownest of them all--a greyish-yellowish catty-shaped kind of beast, and he matched the 'sclusively yellowish-greyish-brownish colour of the High Veldt to


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