What is the plot of "The Jungle Book"?

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garyind eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. Three of them have to do with a boy who is protected from a tiger by a mother wolf. She names him Mowgli, and it is his stories that most people think of when they think of The Jungle Book. The first story concerns Mowgli's life among the wolves, the second is an adventure he has with Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Black Panther among the monkeys, and the third tells of how he gets his revenge upon Shere Khan, the tiger who tried to kill him as a baby.

There are four other stories in the book. They are “The White Seal,” “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” “Toomai of the Elephants,” and “Servants of the Queen.” These stories each have their own plot with characters that are specific to that story. “The White Seal,” for example, follows the journey of a baby seal named Kotick and his search for a beach where seals will not be hunted.

The plot of The Jungle Book is complex, because it is really seven plots in one volume.

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The original Jungle Book stories concerned Mowgli, a boy who is raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves and who learns how to be an animal in the jungle, rather than a human being.  Eventually, after many adventures involving animals like Baloo the Bear, Mowgli returns to live in a village with people.

There are other stories, however, in "The Jungle Book," including "Riki-Tikki-Tavi" and "The White Seal," all of which have to do with various types of animals and their interactions with humans.

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ajaic | Student

The jungle book follows the adventures of a boy called Mowgli who is raised by a pack of wolves. He is raised as an animal however after an incident that involves him being outcasted from the pack he questions his identity and lives with the villagers. However he doesn't fit in there so he eventually returns to live in the jungle with the approval of his pack.

The novel also follows other animal fables which explore themes such as courage.