Originally published in 1894, The Jungle Book is now regarded as one of the best children’s classic stories. The novel was written by English author Rudyard Kipling, who was born and spent couple of his childhood and youth years in India. From that experience, he elaborated the famous Mowgli, his friend, and his adventures in the jungle.
Despite being referred as a kids’ book, it actually also present a complex work of literature and philosophy—and it is Kipling writing prowess that make the novel still excitingly engaging for children. Moreover, with the moral tone in the story, the novel is used as motivational reference for the Cub Scouts and the request was made by Robert Baden-Powell himself.
Editorial Review from Amazon.com:
No child should be allowed to grow up without reading The Jungle Books. Published in 1894 and 1895, the stories crackle with as much life and intensity as ever. Rudyard Kipling pours fuel on childhood fantasies with his tales of Mowgli, lost in the jungles of India as a child and adopted into a family of wolves. Mowgli is brought up on a diet of Jungle Law, loyalty, and fresh meat from the kill. Regular adventures with his friends and enemies among the Jungle-People—cobras, panthers, bears, and tigers—hone this man-cub's strength and cleverness and whet every reader's imagination. Mowgli's story is interspersed with other tales of the jungle, such as "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," lending depth and diversity to our understanding of Kipling's India. In much the same way Mowgli is carried away by the Bandar-log monkeys, young readers will be caught up by the stories, swinging from page to page, breathless, thrilled, and terrified. (Ages 9 to 12).