The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling

The Elephant's Child

Written by Rudyard Kipling
Illustrated by Geoffrey Patterson

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A favourite of June 2011 Guest Editor Michael Morpurgo, who remembers this as: "The story my mother used to read me most often, because I asked for it again and again. I loved the sheer fun of it, the music and the rhythm of the words. It was subversive too. Still my favourite story, and this was part of the inspiration for my recent novel Running Wild which is also about an elephant."


The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling's delightful story telling how the elephant got his trunk is given a stunning new interpretation by a top artist. Geoffrey Patterson has abridged the original text for a younger audience without losing any of Kipling's much-loved turns of phrase. Elegant and whimsical illustrations give a fresh, vibrant look to a classic story.


With vibrant illustrations, the text has been abridged for a younger audience. Headteacher

About the Author

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. He was educated in England but returned to India as an adult and worked as a journalist. There, he produced stories, sketches and poems that made him a literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1888. After their marriage, Kipling and his wife moved to Vermont, where he wrote The Jungle Book. Published in 1894, it became a children's classic all over the world. Tales of every kind, including historical and science fiction, continued to flow from his pen, including Kim (1901) and the Just So Stories (1902). From 1902 Kipling made his home in Sussex, but continued to travel widely and caught his first glimpse of warfare in South Africa, where he reported in the Boer War. Kipling was the recipient of many honorary degrees and other awards. He was the first writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907, and in 1926 he received the Gold Medal of the royal Society of Literature. Kipling died in 1936.

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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

24th September 2009




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