THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD by Rudyard Kipling


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No, no, and, again, no! Bolam's abridgements are pointless; her changes are foolish vandalism. Her shortened version is no easier than Kipling's ""best beloved"" classic; she omits the ostrich and--outrageously--the bicolored python rock snake, as well as the Elephant's Child's delightful itinerary and most of the richly deserved spankings he finally administers to his aunts and uncles; what's left is not so much less challenging as less fun in the absence of the whole. Worse, and quite gratuitously, the baboon uncle has become a lion. Kipling's story is not a folk tale; it's a masterpiece whose glory is its language, and children as young as four have enjoyed it for almost a century. There is no excuse for tampering with it. (Incidentally, this is Bolam's debut, and she looks like a promising illustrator: vigorous bold line and vibrant, sophisticated colors in collage-like blocks.) (Picture book. Not recommended for any age--it's not all right, Best Beloved. Do you see?)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1845074920
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Dutton