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The Saggy Baggy Elephant
     

The Saggy Baggy Elephant

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by Kathryn Jackson, B. Jackson, Tenggren (Illustrator)
 

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After a parrot makes fun of Sooki’s big ears, long nose, and wrinkled skin, the “saggy baggy” elephant isn’t too sure of himself. But once he meets some beautiful creatures who look just like him, Sooki celebrates with a joyful “one-two-three-kick.” For over 50 years, parents and children have treasured this tale, with gorgeous

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After a parrot makes fun of Sooki’s big ears, long nose, and wrinkled skin, the “saggy baggy” elephant isn’t too sure of himself. But once he meets some beautiful creatures who look just like him, Sooki celebrates with a joyful “one-two-three-kick.” For over 50 years, parents and children have treasured this tale, with gorgeous art by Gustaf Tenggren, the illustrator of The Poky Little Puppy.

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Publishers Weekly
Golden Books brings back three Big Little Golden Books, picture books from the 1940s and '50s now available in larger-sized, paper-over-board editions. Originally published in 1954, The Friendly Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Garth Williams, uses rhyming verse to explore a whole series of likable things. It's a paean to dogs and boats, cars and stars-as in "I like stars/ Far stars/ Quiet stars/ Bright Stars/ Light stars/ I like stars/ A star that is shooting across the dark sky/ A star that is shining right straight in your eye/ I like stars." Williams packs the illustrations with quirky, often hilarious details; for the spread about stars, for example, a rabbit balloonist floats through the night sky in a patched-up balloon, labeled "starship," with a bird's nest on top of it. The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. & B. Jackson, illus. by Tenggren, debuted in 1947. A happy little elephant named Sooki dances through the jungle until a saucy parrot makes fun of Sooki's saggy, baggy skin. This pachyderm-cum-ugly-duckling story features richly hued artwork against white backgrounds. A spare text tells the tale of a fire and the heroic firemen who rush to put it out, in The Great Big Fire Engine Book (1950) by Tibor Gergely, "Quick! Connect the hoses! S-s-s-s! goes the water." The rescuers swarm over each spread with reassuring efficiency. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307021106
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Little Golden Book Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
23,203
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kathryn and Byron Jackson wrote hundreds of stories, poems, and books for Golden, including Pirates, Ships, and Sailors.

Gustaf Tenggren, who immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1920, created other famous Little Golden Book characters such as the Tawny Scrawny Lion and the Poky Little Puppy. Before coming to Golden Books, he worked in the Disney studio, creating concept artwork of various characters for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. He died in 1970.

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The Saggy Baggy Elephant 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is another Little Golden Book illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren -- he had quite a prolific career as a LGB illustrator -- so the artwork is extraordinary and extraordinarily good.  I liked the tiger and elephant illustration that was used for the front cover, but the best illustration in the book has to be the line of dancing elephants.  It is so incredibly sweet and quite funny. The overall story is fine, even good, although I probably would have sat on the mouthy parrot a long time ago.  I don't know how the very young elephant ended up on his own in the first place, but it is always wonderful when you find out where you do belong, even if there are dangers and distractions along the way. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 yr old grandson really loves this one. He and I love the read and listen books. We still read books, however these are great for when he needs alone time or just quite time directing his own activities.
juliazora More than 1 year ago
this may sound silly to most - My father is almost 80 years old, a few years ago I realized he had enough books, t-shirts, neck-ties, and other trinkets - and that what I share with him that I treasure so much are memories. So I started buying him story books I remember from my childhood, books he used to read to me. It makes for a nice memory when he opens it up. He puts aside all of his other gifts and reads the book right away. I adored this story as a child and it has some really nice lessons and themes about liking people for who they are and appreciating our differences.
CuteNsassyOUfan More than 1 year ago
The story is cute, but the noises in the book are great. When my baby is fussy I turn this on and he is intrigued!! He forgets to be fussy!
School-Marm More than 1 year ago
Thank you gor working with Golden Books to get some of their best. Please get COLOR KITTENS and I will make sure my next grandchild is named after you. Illustrations are incredible and the "reader" was a great match for the story.
Mac Pitts More than 1 year ago
is this a read to me book?i am thinking of getting it for my 6yr. sister
Leon Cutler More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 2 year old son. I need to zoom in on the text, but read to me works as well. This is an older book but still a good one.
Irishlas More than 1 year ago
I read this to my children and now I'm reading it to my grandchildren. It's a timeless book. It's always a favorite. I only wish the voice was louder. The reader has a very soft spoken voice.
Peg0919 More than 1 year ago
The little elephant encounters some shifty characters who slyly imply that the little guy is faulty and should do things their way--obviously to their advantage. The protective beauty of family is then cause for celebration. Sharing this with grandchildren and others is a genuine pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this book when I was a little girl so I just recently added it to my godson collection. He loves it. The story of a little elephant whose worried about his sags,bags and wrinkles is just too cute. Then when he meets the new band of elephants you realize everything will be okay. My godson just adores this books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this classic children's book helps to teach children about self-esteem and being different. it's one most of us have read as a child, and one we should pass on to our children. it also has the wonderful illustrations of Gustaf Tenggren (who illustrated the poky little puppy).
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