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Young ELI Readers

Tags Friendship Family Animals

Eli Readers is a beautifully illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English.

Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book This is the real story of the Jungle Book. It is not a funny film for children. People and animals die. And one child kills the great tiger and changes the laws of the jungle.

Stage 3 Jane Cadwallader, Uncle Jack and the Bakonzi Tree Jane Cadwallader, Uncle Jack and the Emperor Penguins J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

ELI Readers Founder and Series Editors Paola Accattoli, Grazia Ancillani, Daniele Garbuglia (Art Director) Graphic Design Sergio Elisei

Stage 4

Layout Romina Duranti

Stage 1

100 headwords

below A1


Stage 2

200 headwords



Stage 3

300 headwords



Stage 4

400 headwords



Production Manager Francesco Capitano Typeset in 14 / 20 pt Monotype Plantin Schoolbook © 2010 ELI s.r.l. P.O. Box 6 - 62019 Recanati MC - Italy T +39 071750701 - F +39 071977851 - Printed in Italy by Tecnostampa Recanati – ERY412.01 ISBN 978-88-536-0512-2 First edition: February 2010


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Young ELI Readers

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Stage 2 Jane Cadwallader, PB3 and the Vegetables Jane Cadwallader, PB3 and the Jacket

Stage 4 Jane Cadwallader, Harry and an Electrical Problem Jane Cadwallader, Harry and the Crown Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Paloma Bellini, The Secret Passage Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Retold by Richard B. A. Brown Illustrated by Valentina Mai

- Games and language activities - An audio recording of the story - A picture dictionary

Stage 1 Dominique Guillemant, Hooray for the Holidays Dominique Guillemant, Sophie’s Dream Jane Cadwallader, Granny Fixit and the Ball Jane Cadwallader, Granny Fixit and the Pirate Valentina Mai loves drawing animals, in particular, tigers. She spends her time between the cities of Ferrara, Padova and Venice, but when she works on a book she stays in one place. Whilst working on this book, she lived in Barcelona, where the light was perfect.

The ELI Readers collection is a complete range of books and plays for readers of all ages, ranging from captivating contemporary stories to timeless classics. There are three series, each catering for a different age group; Young ELI Readers, Teen ELI Readers and Young Adult ELI Readers. The books are carefully edited and beautifully illustrated to capture the essence of the stories and plots.

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) lived in India until he was 6, and then went to school in England. He returned to India when he was 17. He was the first writer in English to receive the Nobel Prize for literature, in 1907.

SYLLABUS Topics Animals, adventure, family Notions and concepts Ability, actions and activities, life and death, narration Other Verbs: Simple present for narrative (common verbs- all forms) Simple past for narrative (common verbs - all forms) Modal verbs can and could for ability; must for necessity / obligation Adjectives and adverbs: Positive, comparative and superlative adjectives adverbs of time and manner Connectives: and but so because Determiners: a an that the this Nouns Pronouns: Subject object and possessive




his is the story of the Jungle Book. Perhaps you know the film? The cartoon with dancing bears and singing monkeys? It’s a film for children, and people laugh when they watch it. It’s funny.


But it’s just a cartoon. It isn’t real. The real story of the Jungle Book isn’t funny. You don’t laugh when you read the real story. If you don’t like stories with blood and death, stop reading now. Find a different book, or watch a cartoon. Then you can laugh.


This is the story of the Jungle Book. It starts when two people die. A man and a woman. Their names are not important. Their lives are not important. Only this is important: they died. Of course, everyone dies, sooner or later. It is natural. It is the First Law of the jungle. But the woman and the man died in a terrible way. They went into the jungle, but they didn’t know the laws of the jungle. So Shere Khan killed them.


One day in the jungle Shere Khan – the great tiger – killed a man and a woman. He did this because they were alone. He did this because he was hungry. Hungry animals kill. This is the Second Law of the jungle. Animals do not understand fire. They call it “The Orange Flower” and they are frightened of it. Before they died, the man and the woman used fire against Shere Khan. They burned the great tiger. They burned his paw – his foot – and Shere Khan was angry. He killed them, and then he went away. He went away because he was frightened of the fire.


We can call her Mother Wolf. Her name was Raksha in the jungle. She was in her home. She gave her milk to her cubs, to her baby wolves. Suddenly, she heard a noise, outside. But she could not move. A mother protects her cubs. This is the Third Law of the jungle. ‘Father Wolf,’ she said to her husband, ‘what is that noise?’ ‘It is Shere Khan,’ he replied. ‘No, I can hear another noise,’ she said. ‘Go outside, and see.’


Father Wolf went outside. He saw the fire, he saw the man and he saw the woman. They were dead. He did not see Shere Khan.The great tiger was not there. And he saw a baby. The woman’s baby. The baby was not dead. ‘It is small,’ he thought. ‘It is like my wolf cubs, a man-cub.’


Raksha was sorry for the little man-cub. He had no mother. ‘I can call him Mowgli,’ she said to her husband. Mowgli is Little Frog in the language of the jungle. ‘Mowgli? It is a good name,’ he replied. ‘He is a little frog because he has no hair on his body.’


Activity Pages 1 Can you remember the story? Match each beginning to an end. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

A man and a woman died but Akela was the leader because Baloo and Bagheera spoke for the baby so Mowgli learned the language of animals and Bagheera took him to a village and Shere Khan coudn’t escape because Mowgli spoke to the wolves and

a the language of people. b he joined the pack. c he was the strongest. d the cows ran very fast. e they didn’t kill the old wolf. f a woman found him. g their baby didn’t. 28

2 Mowgli lived with the wolf family in their wolf home. Can you draw the wolf home?

3 Use the right form of these words to complete the sentences and tell the story. change find


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found a little baby in the jungle. 1 The wolves _________ 2 Shere Khan __________ to eat the little baby. 3 The wolves saved him, and he __________ with them. 4 He __________ the language of wolves. 5 Bagheera __________ him to a village. 6 He __________ after the cows. 7 He __________ the great tiger. 8 He __________ the laws of the jungle. 29

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling  

If you don’t like stories with blood and death, stop reading now. Find a different book, or watch a cartoon. Then you can laugh. The real st...

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling  

If you don’t like stories with blood and death, stop reading now. Find a different book, or watch a cartoon. Then you can laugh. The real st...