The Elephant's Child

The Elephant's Child

by Christian Anderson, Rudyard Kipling

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Because of his "satiable curiosity" about what the crocodile has for dinner, the elephant's child and all elephants thereafter have long trunks.


Because of his "satiable curiosity" about what the crocodile has for dinner, the elephant's child and all elephants thereafter have long trunks.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Curiosity stops just short of being deadly in this adaptation of the Kipling classic. ``In the High and Far-Off Times'' when elephants sported short, ``bulgy'' noses, a young pachyderm full of ``satiable curiosity'' sets off to discover what crocodiles eat for dinner. After a rousing tug-of-war with the Crocodile himself, the Elephant's Child walks away with a new and improved (and quite sore) elongated trunk. Bolam's well-paced version of the tale is sure to perk up the ears of inquisitive listeners. Unfortunately, the text's understated action and gentle humor are overshadowed by random violence--the other animals spank the Elephant's Child whenever he asks a question, and the Elephant Child's new trunk is eventually used to spank them back. Bolam's bright, primitive paintings boldly contrast with airy white backgrounds, and the jungle animals' childlike facial expressions are particularly engaging. Ultimately, though, Kipling's writings remain too sophisticated for the picture book set. Ages 5-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This story has been around for a long time and has been a perennial favorite of children. The language, of course, is marvelous. The story of the elephant child and his great curiosity, which resulted in his finally getting his very long and most useful nose as well as providing the means to avenge himself, is amusing. The illustrations, however, seem too strange and don't really go with the story that well. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5The complete text of Kipling's classic story is illustrated with a dozen stylish but murky paintings all monotonously presented on the right-hand page. The main character is depicted in parta trunk here, a backside thereand in muted and subdued colors that draw the eye, if only to identify what is going on. As decorations rather than revelations, these paintings may free listeners to imagine their own pictures. However, for literal-minded children, Lorinda Bryan Cauley's illustrations (Harcourt, 1983) or Emily Bolam's fresh pictures for the truncated version (Dutton, 1992) are still better bets.Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date:
Reminiscence Series
Edition description:
Unabridged Large Print
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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