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PostPosted: 02 Apr 2013 19:41 
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How the Rhinoceros got his Skin

The first thing that I liked about these stories was the serious way in which Kipling was telling us in fact something very funny, it's quite striking, you really don't know whether to laugh or to be serious.
The second thing that I really enjoyed was the text accompanying each picture drawn. He is actually explaining the pictures which I find ironic since it is quite obvious what each picture presents. It also seemed to me quite curious how the Parsee kept the Pharaoh's wheel only to play with it. It would deserve a better treatment as it is an important relic.
At the second picture he makes a comment which I believe is there for children's sake when he speaks about all those ships that got wrecked mentioning the fact that all the passengers were saved and went home.


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PostPosted: 03 Apr 2013 18:50 
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How the Camel got his hump

I think this was my favourite of all the Just so Stories because it is interesting, serious, and at the same time funny and it’s perfect for children; they are always curious about things, they ask questions about everything and they like this kind of stories. Among the most important things that children can learn from the text there is the importance of being fair and kind, but also the laziness and its consequences.
Also, it may be a great exercise of creativity for children to imagine the camel without a hump, and perhaps to realize that things haven’t always been as we know them now.


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PostPosted: 16 Jun 2013 12:22 
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HOW THE WHALE GOT HIS THROAT
A nice story that can fully be exploited in the classroom from both literary, grammatical and drama points of view.
Due to the multitude of non-defining relative clauses and to the stressed words the story makes a good script for a stand-up comedy show; invites the audience to take in the active / loud reading.
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‘One at a time is enough,’ said the ‘Stute Fish. ‘If you swim to latitude Fifty North, longitude
Forty West (that is magic), you will find, sitting on a raft, in the middle of the sea, with nothing on but a pair of blue canvas breeches, a pair of suspenders (you must not forget the suspenders,
Best Beloved), and a jack-knife, one shipwrecked Mariner, who, it is only fair to tell you, is a man of infinite-resource-and-sagacity.’ So the Whale swam and swam to latitude Fifty North, longitude Forty West, as fast as he could swim, and on a raft, in the middle of the sea,with nothing to wear except a pair of blue canvas breeches, a pair of suspenders (you must particularly remember the suspenders, Best Beloved), and a jack-knife, he found one single, solitary shipwrecked Mariner, trailing his toes in the water. (He had his mummy’s leave to paddle, or else he would never have done it, because he was a man of infinite-resource-and sagacity.)'



The author makes use of a lot of assonance that invite the reader to keep up the reading. The same rhythm is given by the rhyming words,too:
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"Then fetch me said the Whale, and he made the sea froth up with his tail."
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"(...)dark, inside cupboards,he stumped and he jumped and he thumped and he bumped, and he pranced and he danced, and he banged and he clanged, and he hit and he bit, and he leaped and he creeped, and he prowled and he howled, and he hopped and he dropped, and he cried and he sighed, and he crawled and he bawled, and he stepped and he lepped, and he danced hornpipes where he shouldn't, and the Whale felt most unhappy indeed. (Have you forgotten the suspenders?) :D "

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 Post subject: Re: Just So Stories
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2013 12:44 
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THE BEGINNING OF THE ARMADILLOS

MIND TEASERS :D

The story is about how a Jaguar was fooled by a tortoise and a hedgehog by using an information in a twisted manner:
Mother Jaguar:
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‘My son, when you find a Hedgehog you must drop him into the water and then he will uncoil, and when you catch a Tortoise you must scoop him out of his shell with your
paw.’

Twisted message "delivered" by the tortoise and the hedgehog:
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‘Are you sure of what your Mummy told you?’ (...) Perhaps she said that when you uncoil a
Tortoise you must shell him out the water with a scoop, and when you paw a Hedgehog you
must drop him on the shell.’ (...) ‘Are you quite sure? Perhaps she said that when you water a
Hedgehog you must drop him into your paw, and when you meet a Tortoise you must shell
him till he uncoils.’


Mother Jaguar to her son:

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‘Can’t curl, but can swim—
Slow-Solid, that’s him!
Curls up, but can’t swim—
Stickly-Prickly, that’s him!’


Twisted message:

Quote:
‘Don’t you remember what your mother told
you?’ said Stickly-Prickly,—
‘Can’t curl, but can swim—
Stickly-Prickly, that’s him!
Curls up, but can’t swim—
Slow-Solid, that’s him!’


Nice tongue twisters:
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‘Well, suppose you say that I said that she
said something quite different, I don’t see that
it makes any difference; because if she said what
you said I said she said, it’s just the same as if
I said what she said she said.


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‘If you’ll think again you’ll find that I didn't
say anything of the kind. I said that your mother
said that you were to scoop me out of my shell,’
said Slow-and-Solid.


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‘I told him truthfully that I was a truthful Tortoise,
but he wouldn't believe it, and he made
me jump into the river to see if I was, and I was,
and he is surprised.


Characters: Stickly- Prickly Hedgehog, Slow-Solid Tortoise, Painted Jaguar = nicknames or names as if given by the Indians to animals, names that describe their physical appearance.

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 Post subject: Re: Just So Stories
PostPosted: 24 Jun 2013 10:58 
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I like these stories because they offer us another explanation (imaginary,of course) of how some animals got certain features. For children is probably easier and funnier to read and assimilate these explanations, rather than the biological realisic ones. They may be an interesting choice for certain lessons.I liked the best THE SING SONG OF OLD MAN KANGAROO, a story that shows how one can become diferent from another by doing hard work (the maraton the kangaroo did transformed him).


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The Cat that Walked by Himself

This story is about the beginning of domesticated animals and of course, the cat. Out of all the animals presented in this short story, the cat is the only one that gets the option to go and do whatever it pleases because of its intelligence. The cat manages to trick the woman so that it would be allowed to take shelter but also be allowed to go out and do what it pleases.


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