�Just So Stories� was originally published as �The Just So Stories for Little Children�, and is regarded among Rudyard Kipling�s best-known works for children. Kipling wrote these stories initially as bedtime stories to narrate to his first daughter, Josephine. Josephine would often insist that her father repeat these stories just as or exactly as they were, using the phrase �just so�. Josephine died tragically of pneumonia in 1899, and her death plunged Kipling into grief. Her phrase inspired Kipling to name this collection �Just So Stories� when it was first published in the year 1902. This was the same year that Kipling bought a house in Sussex, where he would spend the rest of his life. Even after all these years, these stories are just as or exactly as they were. The passage of time has not diminished their popularity for young and old readers alike. Delight in these 12 delightful tales that reveal how the whale got his throat, how the camel got his hump, how the leopard received his spots, and much more!