cover image Gunga Din

Gunga Din

Rudyard Kipling. Gulliver Books, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-15-200456-9

Parker's paintings elegantly interpret the British Cockney soldier's eulogy to Gunga Din. The selection from Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads is illustrated with views of India in the late 19th centuryvivid pictures of disciplined troops with banners held high, in stunning contrast with scenes of fierce battles. Through all the chaos and terror, Gunga Din is there: carrying water to the beleaguered soldiers whom he serves faithfully while they insult and abuse him, until he dies. Younger readers may need help with the dialogue, but they'll catch the spirit expressed in rhyme and pictures. An introduction by Kingsley Amis not seen by PW. Ages 6-up. (October)