Friday, March 2, 2007

More-Than-Oriental-Splendour

The Knee-Biter and I have been reading Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories. The version I have is complete with his illustrations, too. I nudge her elbow every time he writes "Best Beloved." It is so ecstatically clear that he meant these stories to be heard, and to be taken not-very-seriously-at-all. Reading him out loud is like having the entire Monty Python troupe trying to get out of one's mouth at once.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Just So Stories!! I read them to my charges in a camp over the summer and was constantly interrupted and spent the better part of an hour explaining why he wrote the way he wrote in a cohesive way that a 6 year old would understand, but they liked it too. Your sister is lucky to have the family she has!
H-lady

Rosa said...

Thank you for that little 'u' in Splendour. I noticed.
Signed, an anglo-friendly fan

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