1 May 2020 Susannah

Rudyard Kipling & ‘The Elephant’s Child’

If your childhood did not include the tale of The Elephant’s Child on the banks of the great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo river, all set about with fever trees, then it was a deprived one. Kipling’s short story, told to his beloved daughter who always insisted he tell it ‘just so!’ is one of the greatest pieces of short fiction I know.

It is rare to find perfection anywhere in this world. But you do find it in this utterly magical short story, The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling. Pitch-perfect, full of evocative and memorable phrases, moving and exciting, and written in language that is ‘just-so’ in every sense, this tale is one of the marvels of literature.

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Featured image credit- Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart in The Invisible Man (1933), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024184/

Comments (2)

  1. Jenny Falkiner

    I just LOVE the Elephant’s child and Rudyard Kipling, I will have to read it to my six year old grandson, my book of Just So Stories was published in 1959.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      That’s a good age for the story. Every child should know about the ‘great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo river’!

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