This piece provides a unique opportunity to introduce young readers to challenging themes and concepts by hooking them into a story that uses animal characters. With its lyrical language and vivid descriptions, students will find themselves rooting for Rikki-Tikki while also absorbing the great lessons you might expect from your standard coming-of-age tale.

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Interest Levels: 2 - 5

Reading Levels: 3, 4, 6