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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi [Kindle Edition]

Rudyard Kipling
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

With this newly illustrated edition of the treasured classic--written in the 1890s as part of the Jungle Books --readers can once again be captivated by the tale of a mongoose who is taken in by a family of British colonials living in India. Although a few Victorianisms in the text will need to be explained to young readers, the story has held up remarkably well over a century's time. Rikki's fight to defend his family from the menacing cobras Nag and Nagaina remains as suspenseful and emotive as ever. The creatures of the Indian garden come truly alive in Kipling's expert prose--the birds sing out messages of joy and warning; the cobra rears and spreads his sinister hood; the brave mongoose leaps and springs, victorious at last. In Davis's ( The Jolly Mon ; Trouble Dolls ) acrylic paintings, dominated by the greens of the garden and the browns of the earth, readers can clearly see the nut-colored mongoose, his adoptive family in their period dress and the slithering snakes. However, the artist's style and chosen medium produce a somewhat flat, torpid appearance. Razor-sharp writing with rather dull artistic accompaniment. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4. In this glorious picture book, Pinkney's accessible retelling and dramatic watercolors plunge readers into the lush garden Rikki rules and the life of the family he comes to guard. The large pictures (often spreading across much of a facing page) can barely contain the mongoose's energy as his lithe body twists and turns, evading and attacking the cobras and the brown snake, curling in young Teddy's arms, and basking in the family's adulation. Pinkney's humans are not idealized, and Rikki, while eminently pettable, is not anthropomorphized. The subdued natural colors of the animals contrast with the garden's riot. The splash of a yellow squash blossom; Teddy's crimson shirt; a scarlet hibiscus; or the burnished head of Darzee, the tailor bird, add grace notes to the shimmering pages. This great story has been given the loving treatment it deserves.?Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 151 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0152670157
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.3 edition (Jan. 1 1894)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43I68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #405,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rikki-Tikki-Tavi April 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
In the story, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose. When a flood washed him away from his home, he is adopted by Teddy and his family. While exploring the garden, he meets Nag and Nagaina, two deadly cobras. Later that night, he overhears the cobras' plot to enter Teddy's house and kill his family. When Nag and Nagaina get inside, Rikki attacks and kills Nag in Teddy's bathroom. The next day, Rikki finds Nagaina's eggs on the ground and begins crushing all of the eggs except for one. When Nagaina threatens to kill Teddy, Rikki distracts her by threatening to destroy her last egg. Then, Rikki chased Nagaina into her hole in the garden and kills her. From then on, Teddy's family hailed Rikki-Tikki-Tavi as a hero for saving them from the two deadly cobras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story March 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A young mongoose got swept away from his family by a flood and ended up with a person family. They took very good care of him and he loved them. Cobras who were called Nag and Nagaina lived in the garden. Rikki Tikki Tavi protected the family from them. There were birds, too, who were friends of the mongoose. One of their babies fell out of the nest and Nag ate it. My brother and I loved this book. Hannah, aged 7
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story/illustrations Oct. 6 2010
Format:Paperback
I read it to all my Div II Elementary students. It was serious, without being overly-frightening. Wonderful language, illustrations. They enjoyed the 'epic' feel when Darzi sang to the hero, Rikki-Tikki.This is a fabulous read-aloud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Oct. 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my child who was at the time 5 years old. It has become his favorite book and he always chooses it when he's asked to bring in a favorite book. The illustrations are beautiful and it serves the classic story very well. Though it is a bit lengthy for a bedtime story, it is one book that I never mind reading to him. I would recommend this book for any child who has an adventurous side.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't pick this edition Feb. 17 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Rudyard Kipling's story is as wonderful here as it always is, but the artwork is this edition by Lambert Davis is muted, static, and downright boring. There's no sense of motion or emotion in the art, even for the action scenes. The birds aren't bad but the snakes and the mammals look more like plastic models than real animals -- especially Rikki. A real disappointment, especially for those raised on the Rikki video.
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We are very miserable, said Darzee. One of our babies fell out of the nest yesterday and Nag ate him. &quote;
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his mother had fed him on dead ones, and he knew that all a grown mongooses business in life was to fight and eat snakes. Nag knew that too and, at the bottom of his cold heart, he was afraid. &quote;
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