Talk:Just So Stories

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The first story "How The Whale Got His Throat" is missing, and the eleventh story "The Cat That Walked By Himself" is repeated twice. Please fix. -- 11:14, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

It is all straightened out now--BirgitteSB 02:22, 10 January 2006 (UTC)

original illustrations of the book[edit]

if I remember well, there was great drawings in the book, made by Kipling himself. He was a supporter of the British Empire & he's quite boring in the most of his books, but these drawings & these stories were great... I'll try to bring them back & upload them then ;) or if someone could help ;p Moorekian 09:47, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

oh, one can found them within the link[edit]

... so stupid am i ;) Moorekian 10:17, 24 May 2006 (UTC)


You can download this text at (search for "just so" 16:34, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Copyright licence tag[edit]

Kipling died in 1936. Just So Stories was published in 1902, and there was an American edition (Scribner) in 1903. Is it appropriate to use {{PD-old-70}} or {{PD-1923}} or both? I'm never sure in cases where both would apply.

When I was editing Middlemarch I was told that the licence tag should go on the Middlemarch main page, rather than in every chapter of the novel. I was wondering how that applies here. The stories are all part of the collection Just So Stories, but, unlike chapters in a novel, they can stand alone. Also, in Middlemarch each chapter had a title like Middlemarch/Chapter 6, whereas the stories in Just So Stories are not published here as subpages of a parent page: we have The Butterfly That Stamped, not Just So Stories/The Butterfly That Stamped. So should the copyright tag go on Just So Stories or on each individual story, or both? Cowardly Lion 02:06, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

For foreign works, it is often desirable to have two copyright tags: one for US jurisdiction and another for non-US readers where the US law does not apply to them.
In this case, I think the tags should go on each short story for two reasons: 1) the stories often have different publication history, and 2) because people will often link to one story, and we want the licenses to be visible on the page that people first see. In the case of Middlemarch, it is less likely that I would send a link to chapter 6 to a friend; it is more useful for me to send a link to the main TOC page. John Vandenberg 06:49, 5 January 2008 (UTC)


I think this could be aligned to the Doubleday edition good scan, which only had Kipling's drawings. I can only see one here, but the cat at commons has several images.

I'm creating an edition at Just So Stories (c1912) New York, Garden City Publ., which has colour illustration. I think it also has Kipling's illustrations. CYGNIS INSIGNIS 17:52, 14 August 2011 (UTC)

I changed my mind, this content was incomplete, lacking the long captions, illustrations and figures by Kipling. I replaced it with the 1912 Garden City Publ. Co edition with colour illustrations by Gleeson and Bransom which may also be incomplete,
  • the Doubleday edition has Gleeson images for every story. These are linked in a gallery at commons.
  • The copy here has 3 Gleeson full colour plates, with additional content by Bransom. They may have never been included, or sliced out of this copy by a 'Joe Orton type' patron. The printing was terrible, I replaced these three with ones from the Doubleday copy.
  • I think all of Kipling's illustrations are there now.

CYGNIS INSIGNIS 05:34, 17 August 2011 (UTC)