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How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin


Rudyard Kipling, author and poet, is one of the most interesting and significant literary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was not English but, in terms of the time, Anglo-Indian, being born in Bombay to English parents. He was taken to England to be educated when almost six, returning to India ten years later. He worked as a newspaper editor and journalist for the next seven years, during which time he began publishing short stories and poems. In 1889 he returned to England to pursue a literary career. While Joseph Rudyard Kipling is often remembered for his two Jungle Books and his poems, not many know that he also published a delightful collection of pourquoi stories titled, Just So Stories for Little Children. Kipling is said to have invented these stories as ingenious explanations of questions such as How The Camel Got His Hump or How the Leopard Got His Spots for his young daughters and their friends – to entertain them, and perhaps also to satisfy their curiosity at an age when children tend to ask ‘the many-why questions’. How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin is one of the wonderful Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. The Parsee is interrupted in his cake-making by a grumpy and obstreperous smooth-skinned Rhinoceros who proceeds first to scare the Parsee up a tree and then to steal his cake, which is “all done brown and smelt most sentimental”. Listen online to free English audiobook "How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin” on our website to experience Rudyard Kipling's short story.