Synopses & Reviews
Originally collected in Rudyard Kiplingand#8217;s Just So Stories
in 1902, The Cat that Walked by Himself
is one of the best-loved cat tales ever written. It is a story of the beginning of domesticated life: Man meets Woman and they move into a cave and set up the first household. Dog, Horse, and Cow come out of the Wild Woods and become tame. But Cat refuses, and#8220;I am not a friend and I am not a servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to me.and#8221; Woman makes a bargain with Cat to allow him to come into the cave and sit by the fire and drink milk. But when night comes, he is once again the Cat that walks by himself.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The contrast between the cozy, domestic world and the cold, dark outdoors where the cat still has his freedom make this a compelling tale and a fun take on the independent feline character. This beautiful book is illustrated with the original pen-and-ink drawings by Kipling, including the iconic picture of the cat and#8220;walking by his wild lone through the Wet Wild Woods and waving his wild tailand#8221;.
This edition also offers two other favorite childrenand#8217;s stories told by Kipling, and#8220;How the Camel Got His Hump,and#8221; and#8216;and#8221;The Elephantand#8217;s Child,and#8221; and and#8220;How the Rhinocerous Got His Skin.and#8221; This charming book is the perfect gift for children, cat lovers, and Kipling fans alike.
"HEAR and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was, O my Best Beloved, when the Tame animals were wild. The Dog was wild, and the Horse was wild, and the Cow was wild, and the Sheep was wild, and the Pig was wild as wild as wild could be and they walked in the Wet Wild Woods by their wild lones. But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him."
So begins the story of The Cat That Walked by Himself, one of many stories Kipling created to entertain his own children and those of his friends, inventing ingenious explanations for such conundrums as "How the Camel Got His Hump." In 1902, he wrote down these gloriously fanciful tales for publication as the Just So Stories. This beautiful gift edition presents the best-loved story "The Cat that Walked by Himself" alongside "How the Camel Got His Hump," "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin," and "The Elephant's Child," and reproduces the author's delightfully evocative original illustrations."
About the Author
and#160;Rudyard Kipling (1865and#8211;1936) was one of the most popular writers in English of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was the youngest and the first English-speaking Nobel laureate.
Table of Contents
Four stories by Rudyard Kipling
1and#160;and#160; The Cat that Walked by Himself
2and#160;and#160; The Elephant's Child
3and#160;and#160; How the Camel got his Hump
4and#160;and#160; How the Rhinoceros got his Skin