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Thursday 21st January

Just So Stories


Published in 1902 the Just So Stories are fantasy explanations for how animal characteristics ‘evolved’. Each tale is full of marvels, but the real magic in them is their language, which explodes like fireworks in your ears. It thrums with a uniquely twirly dancing rhythm that sweeps you up like a magic carpet; it is crammed with lists of remote, exotic places that conjure the wonders of the wide, wide world.




TASK 1 - How the Camel got his Hump


Rudyard Kipling story which explains how the camel got his hump. The story is set in Arabia, when the world was new and camels did not have humps. Humph! is a noise someone makes when they are not interested in what another person tells them.


Can you find examples of the following things in the text?

  1. Kindness
  2. Fairness
  3. Laziness
  4. Hard Work

How The Camel Got His Hump.

TASK 2- Rudyard's Poetry


At the end of the story, Rudyard Kipling often writes a poem to summarise the moral of the story. Have a look at the Camel's poem below:


THE Camel's hump is an ugly lump
    Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
    From having too little to do.

Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,
If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
        We get the hump--
        Cameelious hump--
The hump that is black and blue!

We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
    And a snarly-yarly voice.
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
    At our bath and our boots and our toys;

And there ought to be a corner for me
(And I know there is one for you)
        When we get the hump--
        Cameelious hump--
The hump that is black and blue!

The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
    Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
    And dig till you gently perspire;

And then you will find that the sun and the wind,
And the Djinn of the Garden too,
        Have lifted the hump--
        The horrible hump--
The hump that is black and blue!

I get it as well as you-oo-oo--
If I haven't enough to do-oo-oo--
        We all get hump--
        Cameelious hump--
Kiddies and grown-ups too!


Can you read this poem out loud with rhythm and make it rhyme?

Why do you think Rudyard Kipling put poems at the end of his stories? 

What effect does this have on you, the reader?


TASK 3- Poetry


Can you write a 7 stanza poem to go with one of the following titles:

  • How the giraffe got his long neck
  • How the snail got its shell
  • How the elephant got its long trunk
  • How the lion got its mane
  • How the flamingo turned pink
  • If you'd prefer to write using the story you wrote yesterday then please do! 


Don't forget to use rhyming, similes and imagery to bring your poetry to life!

What is a simile? - BBC Bitesize



Once you have written and edited your poem, why not record yourself reading it or publish it as a Shape Poem, like the examples below.


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