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A tortoise and a hedgehog combine their natural assets and transform themselves into armadillos to escape the hungry attention of a young jaguar
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Rudyard Kipling(1865-1936), recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, was an English novelist, short-story writer, and poet. His sweeping tales of adventure, including ""Kim, Captains Courageous, "" and ""The jungle Book"", won him wide popularity during his lifetime and have been beloved by generations.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 6?From the Just-So Stories comes this romp of a tale about how the hedgehog and the tortoise use language to muddle a young jaguar out of eating them. When they then understand that Mother Jaguar can't so easily be confused, they exert themselves to acquire each other's skills in swimming and in curling up. As a consequence of the hedgehog's soaking and the tortoise bending, they both mutate into new creatures?unidentifiable, but provisionally tagged "armadillo." Rowe's whimsical paintings foreground the main players (and quite a few amusing walk-ons) against a series of arbitrarily "evolving" abstractions of quasi-Amazonian flora. The wit of the illustrations is equal to the cleverness of the text: both may appeal most to those sophisticated 3-year-olds and 30-somethings who appreciate the obfuscatory qualities of language and the mutabilities of identity.?Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very good hardback copy in a very good dustjacket: firm, clean, square and tight with no underlining or splits. Seller Inventory # 041194
Book Description Macmillan, 1970. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Giulio Maestro (illustrator). First Thus. oblong format. jacket bright with several large tears, three 3cm tears to front of jacket, one of 10cm to back of jacket and several others at joints and along edges. Seller Inventory # 047590