How did the camel get its hump? Why won't cats do as they're told? How did an inquisitive little elephant change the lives of elephants everywhere? Rudyard Kipling's imagined answers to such questions draw on the beast fables of India, and they are full of jokes, subtexts, and exotic references.
Kipling's magical fables, along with his own drawings, with their long, funny captions, artfully expose the foibles of human nature while tickling the funny bone. He began inventing these stories in his American wife's hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, to amuse his eldest daughter — and they have served ever since as a source of laughter for children everywhere.