The Jungle Book Study Guide

The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book is a collection of seven short stories that Kipling intended to show the citizens of Britain the different cultures and customs in faraway places like India, Afghanistan, and the Bering Sea. He also gently mocks the prejudices and hypocrisy that marked the British colonies in those places. (Keep in mind this was written in 1893, when only the wealthy were able to travel.)

In The Jungle Book, Kipling creates a magical world in which animals talk and think and have very human reasons for their actions. Three of the stories form a continuous plot-arc, the other four are one-shots.

In "Mowgli's Brothers", he tells the tale of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves and befriended by a bear (Baloo) and a panther (Bagheera), who must fight the tiger Shere Khan. "Kaa's Hunting" takes place before Mowgli's fight with Sere Khan, and sees Mowgli abducted by monkeys, and Baloo, Bagheera, and a new ally, Kaa the Snake, set out to save him. "Tiger, Tiger" continues the story of Mowgli as he is kicked out of the wolf pack and tries to make a life with the humans, but cannot manage -- and Shere Khan is still after him besides!

"The White Seal" takes place on the Bering Sea, wherein a rare white seal tries to lead his pack to a place where they will not be hunted by humans any more.

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is the story of a loyal mongoose who saves his human family from the cunning and poison of the local cobras.

"Toomai of the Elephants" tells of Toomai, a boy who desires to be an elephant-handler, but cannot until he sees the elephants dance.

"Servants of the Queen" is the tale of a British soldier in India who overhears the animals in his camp discussing the details of their lives with one another.

Each story has a summary song that comes after it, generally sung by the main character of that story.

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