The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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As Rudyard Kipling's most endearing work, The Jungle Book continues to hold sway over the imagination of children and adults alike for generations.
The stories found within center around the "man-cub" Mowgli, found as a baby by the panther Bagheera and subsequently adopted and raised by a wolf pack. Mowgli's numerous adventures are fraught with danger, but his friendships with the other animals—chiefly the bear named Baloo—teach him the skills to survive and thrive in the face of hostility. Mowgli and the other animals must also contend with the humans living in a nearby village, illuminating to the reader contrasts between isolation and community, self-determination and imperialism, and generosity and greed.