Kipling wrote some of the best animal stories for children, including his Jungle Books and Just So stories. His language is rich, inventive, and sonorous. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a short story in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling aboutthe adventures of a valiant young mongoose. Includes vintage illustration.