All major characters from The Jungle Book. From clockwise: Baloo, Mowgli, Shere Khan, Kaa, and Bagheera. The Jungle Book ( 1894) is a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling.
Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or " man- cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India; one place mentioned repeatedly is " Seonee" ( ), in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.