This is a Walt Disney See, Hear, Read 24 page book (this was in full colour and illustrated) and an L.P. Record of The Jungle Book. This allowed children to listen to the record which was narrated word for word as the book and the child could follow the words which would help them to read.  The Jungle Book story was based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name. Disney produced most of his children’s films in the same format. When it was time to turn the page there was the sound of Tinkerbell (from Peter Pan) ringing a bell.

There were also songs from the film included on the L.P. such as ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I wan‘a be like you’.

In the story Mowgli, a young orphan boy, is found in a basket in the deep jungles of India by Bagheera, a Black panther who promptly takes him to Raksha, a mother wolf who has just had cubs. She and her mate, Rama, raise him along with their own cubs and after ten years, Mowgli becomes well acquainted with jungle life and plays with his wolf siblings. Bagheera is pleased with how happy Mowgli is now, but also worries that Mowgli must eventually return to his own kind.

One night, the wolf pack parents meet at Council Rock, having learned that Shere Khan, a man-eating Bengal Tiger, has returned to the pack’s part of the jungle. Pack leader Akela decides that Mowgli must leave the jungle for his own safety. Bagheera volunteers to escort him to a “Man-Village.” They leave that very night, but Mowgli is determined to stay in the jungle. He and Bagheera rest in a tree for the night, where Kaa, a hungry Indian Python, tries to devour Mowgli, but Bagheera intervenes. The next morning, Mowgli tries to join the elephant patrol, led by Colonel Hathi and his wife Winifred. Bagheera finds Mowgli, but after a fight, decides to leave Mowgli on his own. Mowgli soon meets up with the laid-back, fun-loving sloth bear – Baloo, who promises to raise Mowgli himself and never take him to the Man-Village.

The Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895 and the film was released on October 18, 1967.






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Date 1960s, 1970s, 1990s
Material(s) PaperPlastic
Item number MBPO95

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  • Did you read The Jungle Book or see the film?
  • Do you remember the songs 'The Bare Necessities' and 'I wan'a be like you'?

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