Just So Stories Author:Rudyard Kipling from back cover: — With the Just So Stories, Kipling captured the imaginations of children all over the world. These stories are unique examples of the playful whimsicality through which the author has informed chidren of all ages what transpired "In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all . . ." — The Just So Stories are a colle... more »ction of "explanations," telling "How the Leopard Got His Spots," "How the Camel Got His Hump," and even "How the Alphabet Was Made." In these stories, Kipling reveals his humor and imagination as well as his interest and background in India. The Just So Stories most clearly exemplify Kipling's interest in the language itself; his use of alliteration, mastery of rhythm, and control of phrasing point up a love of the vehicle of communication which surpasses the concern about content. In this respect, these stories typify the music of language: they were written to be told, to be read aloud and listened to.