When Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, he created a story of such endurance and vitality that more than 100 years later, children are still enthralled with these tales of the boy Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the jungles of India. From the wolves of the Seeonee Pack, who raise Mowgli to manhood and remain his brothers, to Shere Khan, the conniving lame tiger, to Bagheera, the black panther and Baloo the great bear who together educate Mowgli – all the animals of the jungle retain their animal character while giving us a glimpse of the wisdom of creation. Not to mention that as a storyteller, Kipling can keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through this book. Included also are several of Kipling’s short stories, among them, “Rikki Tikki Tavi,” a personal favorite. As a read-to-me for children 8 and older or for children 10 and older to read to themselves.