Kipling's own drawings, with their long, funny captions, illustrate his hilarious explanations of How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Armadillo Happened, and other animal How's. 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.
Kipling wrote beautifully and analysis shows a surprising amount of subversion floating around. But mostly the stories are just fun, explaining how the camel got his hump, the leopard his spots, the rhinoceros his skin, and so on. (7 yrs +) (Kirkus UK)