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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling. The most famous of stories relate the experiences of a human child, Mowgli, who is adopted and raised by wolves in an Indian jungle. As he grows up, he learns the ways of the jungle and the different personalities of its animals. The other famous stories are "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, and "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler. The stories were first published in magazines in 1893-4.

Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. After about ten years in England, he went back to India and worked there for about six-and-half years. The complete book, having passed into the public domain, is on-line at Project Gutenberg's official website and elsewhere. The book's text has often been abridged or adapted for younger readers, and there have also been several comic book adaptations.