How the First Letter Was Written

  • by Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Palmer
  • 0 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the Just So Stories collection.
Here is the complete and unabridged collection of Rudyard Kipling's delightful Just So Stories, which he first told to his own children before setting them down on paper: How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Leopard Got His Spots, How the Elephant Got His Trunk, The Butterfly that Stamped, and many others. Written in the late 1800s and first published in 1902, these enchanting animals remain unforgettable, over 100 years later. To hear these magic fables by a master of children's literature is to enjoy them.


Audible Editor Reviews

This installment of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So collection of wondrously imaginative origin fables takes place in neolithic times and deals with the genesis of the written word, which comes to be when Taffy, the daughter of the caveman Tegumai, composes a humorously misleading picture letter to her mother in an effort to secure a new hunting spear for her father. Geoffrey Palmer’s engaging, versatile performance expertly weaves between the young Taffy’s charming naiveté and Tegumai’s weathered, authoritative boom in Kipling’s joyously vivid testament to the importance of written communication.


What the Critics Say

"This collection includes Kipling's 12 original Just So Stories narrated by Geoffrey Palmer, whose deep and resonant voice is perfectly suited to the tales. It is satisfying to hear the stories as they were meant to be told - aloud." (School Library Journal)


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks