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Five Classic Animal Adventures

By Rudyard Kipling & Hugh Lofting &
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From man’s best friend to wild beasts, five of the most enduring tales of animals in literature—together in one collection for animal lovers of all ages.

Animals as characters have played a significant part in literature, from Aesop’s ancient fables and the Garden of Eden story to contemporary literature. Gathered in this single volume are some of the most memorable animal stories that continue to stand the test of time.
 
The Jungle Book: Travel to the wilds of colonial India in this collection of seven tales centered on a young boy named Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the jungle—with a supporting cast featuring a bear, a panther, a tiger, a python, and a tribe of monkeys.
 
Black Beauty: A nineteenth-century English horse recounts his dramatic life story, from his carefree youth on the farm to trying times pulling cabs in London.
 
The Call of the Wild: Buck the dog lived a happy life in California until his master’s greed launches him on a life-changing journey in the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s.
 
The Wind in the Willows: Hold on to your hats and take a seat beside Mole, Rat, Badger, and the incomparable Toad as they encounter all kinds of adventure in the English countryside.
 
The Story of Doctor Dolittle: An English physician discovers how to speak to animals through his parrot, Polynesia, and soon sets sail for Africa, where he encounters monkeys, a vengeful king, fearsome pirates, and the rare pushmi-pullyu.

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Hugh Lofting

Hugh Lofting (1886–1947) was a British children’s author, best known for his Doctor Dolittle series. Lofting began his career as a civil engineer before enlisting in the British Army to serve in the First World War. While at war, he began writing letters to his children, which soon became the stories of Doctor Dolittle. After being seriously wounded in the war and returning home, Lofting published his first book, The Story of Doctor Dolittle in 1920. Its sequel, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle won the Newbery Medal. The series spawned an additional eight sequels and has been adapted into numerous film and stage adaptations. In addition to children’s books, Lofting also wrote Victory for the Slain, a long poem that described the futility of the First World War.

Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) was a Scottish writer best known as the author of The Wind in the Willows. He spent much of his childhood along the water, first on Loch Fyne in Scotland and then along the River Thames in a small village in southern England. It was here that his love for boating grew—a passion reflected in one of the most famous passages of The Wind in the Willows: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

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