Just So Stories (1902)
Why do elephants have such long noses? Why are cats so contrary? What about the wrinkles of a rhinocerous, or the leopard's spots? In these twelve delightful, essential stories, Rudyard Kipling imagines how the animals became 'just so'. It’s easy to understand why this is one of Philip Pullman’s favourite books. Originally written as stories for his daughter, it has been a firm favourite amongst children all over the world since it was first published in 1902. A true classic.
“This, O my Best Beloved is a story – a new and wonderful story – a story quite different from the other stories.”