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The Elephant’s Child

From the Just So Stories of Rudyard Kipling

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Elephant's childIN the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he could not pick up things with it.

The young elephant hero is full of questions. Why is his tall uncle the giraffe so spotty? Why are the eyes of his broad aunt the Hippopotamus so red? Above all, he wants to know what the crocodile has for dinner. And in the end we learn how the elephant got his trunk.

This masterpiece by the author of the Jungle Books is full of language that evokes Africa – the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees. At times it is almost like a poem by Edward Lear. It is one of our favourite Storynories.

In the Bertie introduction, Tim the Tadpole is full of questions too.

Read by Natasha. The duration is 25 minutes.

IN the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he couldn’t pick up things with it. But there was one Elephant–a new Elephant–an Elephant’s Child–who was full of ‘satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. And he lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his ‘satiable curtiosities. He asked his tall aunt, the Ostrich, why her tail-feathers grew just so, and his tall aunt the Ostrich spanked him with her hard, hard claw. He asked his tall uncle, the Giraffe, what made his skin spotty, and his tall uncle, the Giraffe, spanked him with his hard, hard hoof. And still he was full of ‘satiable curtiosity! He asked his broad aunt, the Hippopotamus, why her eyes were red, and his broad aunt, the Hippopotamus, spanked him with her broad, broad hoof; and he asked his hairy uncle, the Baboon, why melons tasted just so, and his hairy uncle, the Baboon, spanked him with his hairy, hairy paw. And still he was full of ‘satiable curtiosity! He asked questions about everything that he saw, or heard, or felt, or smelt, or touched, and all his uncles and his aunts spanked him. And still he was full of ‘satiable curtiosity!

One fine morning in the middle of the Precession of the Equinoxes this ‘satiable Elephant’s Child asked a new fine question that he had never asked before. He asked, ‘What does the Crocodile have for dinner?’ Then everybody said, ‘Hush!’ in a loud and dretful tone, and they spanked him immediately and directly, without stopping, for a long time.

By and by, when that was finished, he came upon Kolokolo Bird sitting in the middle of a wait-a-bit thorn-bush, and he said, ‘My father has spanked me, and my mother has spanked me; all my aunts and uncles have spanked me for my ‘satiable curtiosity; and still I want to know what the Crocodile has for dinner!’

Then Kolokolo Bird said, with a mournful cry, ‘Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.’

That very next morning, when there was nothing left of the Equinoxes, because the Precession had preceded according to precedent, this ‘satiable Elephant’s Child took a hundred pounds of bananas (the little short red kind), and a hundred pounds of sugar-cane (the long purple kind), and seventeen melons (the greeny-crackly kind), and said to all his dear families, ‘Goodbye. I am going to the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.’ And they all spanked him once more for luck, though he asked them most politely to stop.

Then he went away, a little warm, but not at all astonished, eating melons, and throwing the rind about, because he could not pick it up.

He went from Graham’s Town to Kimberley, and from Kimberley to Khama’s Country, and from Khama’s Country he went east by north, eating melons all the time, till at last he came to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, precisely as Kolokolo Bird had said.

Now you must know and understand, O Best Beloved, that till that very week, and day, and hour, and minute, this ‘satiable Elephant’s Child had never seen a Crocodile, and did not know what one was like. It was all his ‘satiable curtiosity.

The first thing that he found was a Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake curled round a rock.

”Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child most politely, ‘but have you seen such a thing as a Crocodile in these promiscuous parts?’

‘Have I seen a Crocodile?’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, in a voice of dretful scorn. ‘What will you ask me next?’

”Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘but could you kindly tell me what he has for dinner?’

Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake uncoiled himself very quickly from the rock, and spanked the Elephant’s Child with his scalesome, flailsome tail.

‘That is odd,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘because my father and my mother, and my uncle and my aunt, not to mention my other aunt, the Hippopotamus, and my other uncle, the Baboon, have all spanked me for my ‘satiable curtiosity–and I suppose this is the same thing.

So he said good-bye very politely to the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, and helped to coil him up on the rock again, and went on, a little warm, but not at all astonished, eating melons, and throwing the rind about, because he could not pick it up, till he trod on what he thought was a log of wood at the very edge of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees.

But it was really the Crocodile, O Best Beloved, and the Crocodile winked one eye–like this!

”Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child most politely, ‘but do you happen to have seen a Crocodile in these promiscuous parts?’

Then the Crocodile winked the other eye, and lifted half his tail out of the mud; and the Elephant’s Child stepped back most politely, because he did not wish to be spanked again.

‘Come hither, Little One,’ said the Crocodile. ‘Why do you ask such things?’

”Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child most politely, ‘but my father has spanked me, my mother has spanked me, not to mention my tall aunt, the Ostrich, and my tall uncle, the Giraffe, who can kick ever so hard, as well as my broad aunt, the Hippopotamus, and my hairy uncle, the Baboon, and including the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, with the scalesome, flailsome tail, just up the bank, who spanks harder than any of them; and so, if it’s quite all the same to you, I don’t want to be spanked any more.’

‘Come hither, Little One,’ said the Crocodile, ‘for I am the Crocodile,’ and he wept crocodile-tears to show it was quite true.

Then the Elephant’s Child grew all breathless, and panted, and kneeled down on the bank and said, ‘You are the very person I have been looking for all these long days. Will you please tell me what you have for dinner?’

‘Come hither, Little One,’ said the Crocodile, ‘and I’ll whisper.’

Then the Elephant’s Child put his head down close to the Crocodile’s musky, tusky mouth, and the Crocodile caught him by his little nose, which up to that very week, day, hour, and minute, had been no bigger than a boot, though much more useful.

‘I think, said the Crocodile–and he said it between his teeth, like this–’I think to-day I will begin with Elephant’s Child!’

At this, O Best Beloved, the Elephant’s Child was much annoyed, and he said, speaking through his nose, like this, ‘Led go! You are hurtig be!’

Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake scuffled down from the bank and said, ‘My young friend, if you do not now, immediately and instantly, pull as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the large-pattern leather ulster’ (and by this he meant the Crocodile) ‘will jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.’

This is the way Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snakes always talk.

Then the Elephant’s Child sat back on his little haunches, and pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and his nose began to stretch. And the Crocodile floundered into the water, making it all creamy with great sweeps of his tail, and he pulled, and pulled, and pulled.

And the Elephant’s Child’s nose kept on stretching; and the Elephant’s Child spread all his little four legs and pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and his nose kept on stretching; and the Crocodile threshed his tail like an oar, and he pulled, and pulled, and pulled, and at each pull the Elephant’s Child’s nose grew longer and longer–and it hurt him hijjus!

Then the Elephant’s Child felt his legs slipping, and he said through his nose, which was now nearly five feet long, ‘This is too butch for be!’

Then the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake came down from the bank, and knotted himself in a double-clove-hitch round the Elephant’s Child’s hind legs, and said, ‘Rash and inexperienced traveller, we will now seriously devote ourselves to a little high tension, because if we do not, it is my impression that yonder self-propelling man-of-war with the armour-plated upper deck’ (and by this, O Best Beloved, he meant the Crocodile), ‘will permanently vitiate your future career.

That is the way all Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snakes always talk.

So he pulled, and the Elephant’s Child pulled, and the Crocodile pulled; but the Elephant’s Child and the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake pulled hardest; and at last the Crocodile let go of the Elephant’s Child’s nose with a plop that you could hear all up and down the Limpopo.

Then the Elephant’s Child sat down most hard and sudden; but first he was careful to say ‘Thank you’ to the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake; and next he was kind to his poor pulled nose, and wrapped it all up in cool banana leaves, and hung it in the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo to cool.

‘What are you doing that for?’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake.

”Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘but my nose is badly out of shape, and I am waiting for it to shrink.

‘Then you will have to wait a long time, said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. ‘Some people do not know what is good for them.’

The Elephant’s Child sat there for three days waiting for his nose to shrink. But it never grew any shorter, and, besides, it made him squint. For, O Best Beloved, you will see and understand that the Crocodile had pulled it out into a really truly trunk same as all Elephants have to-day.

At the end of the third day a fly came and stung him on the shoulder, and before he knew what he was doing he lifted up his trunk and hit that fly dead with the end of it.

”Vantage number one!’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. ‘You couldn’t have done that with a mere-smear nose. Try and eat a little now.’

Before he thought what he was doing the Elephant’s Child put out his trunk and plucked a large bundle of grass, dusted it clean against his fore-legs, and stuffed it into his own mouth.

‘Vantage number two!’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. ‘You couldn’t have done that with a mear-smear nose. Don’t you think the sun is very hot here?’

‘It is,’ said the Elephant’s Child, and before he thought what he was doing he schlooped up a schloop of mud from the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo, and slapped it on his head, where it made a cool schloopy-sloshy mud-cap all trickly behind his ears.

‘Vantage number three!’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. ‘You couldn’t have done that with a mere-smear nose. Now how do you feel about being spanked again?’

”Scuse me,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘but I should not like it at all.’

‘How would you like to spank somebody?’ said the Bi- Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake.

‘I should like it very much indeed,’ said the Elephant’s Child.

‘Well,’ said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, ‘you will find that new nose of yours very useful to spank people with.’

‘Thank you,’ said the Elephant’s Child, ‘I’ll remember that; and now I think I’ll go home to all my dear families and try.’

So the Elephant’s Child went home across Africa frisking and whisking his trunk. When he wanted fruit to eat he pulled fruit down from a tree, instead of waiting for it to fall as he used to do. When he wanted grass he plucked grass up from the ground, instead of going on his knees as he used to do. When the flies bit him he broke off the branch of a tree and used it as fly-whisk; and he made himself a new, cool, slushy-squshy mud-cap whenever the sun was hot. When he felt lonely walking through Africa he sang to himself down his trunk, and the noise was louder than several brass bands.

He went especially out of his way to find a broad Hippopotamus (she was no relation of his), and he spanked her very hard, to make sure that the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake had spoken the truth about his new trunk. The rest of the time he picked up the melon rinds that he had dropped on his way to the Limpopo–for he was a Tidy Pachyderm.

One dark evening he came back to all his dear families, and he coiled up his trunk and said, ‘How do you do?’ They were very glad to see him, and immediately said, ‘Come here and be spanked for your ‘satiable curtiosity.’

‘Pooh,’ said the Elephant’s Child. ‘I don’t think you peoples know anything about spanking; but I do, and I’ll show you.’ Then he uncurled his trunk and knocked two of his dear brothers head over heels.

‘O Bananas!’ said they, ‘where did you learn that trick, and what have you done to your nose?’

‘I got a new one from the Crocodile on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River,’ said the Elephant’s Child. ‘I asked him what he had for dinner, and he gave me this to keep.’

‘It looks very ugly,’ said his hairy uncle, the Baboon.

‘It does,’ said the Elephant’s Child. ‘But it’s very useful,’ and he picked up his hairy uncle, the Baboon, by one hairy leg, and hove him into a hornet’s nest.

Then that bad Elephant’s Child spanked all his dear families for a long time, till they were very warm and greatly astonished. He pulled out his tall Ostrich aunt’s tail-feathers; and he caught his tall uncle, the Giraffe, by the hind-leg, and dragged him through a thorn-bush; and he shouted at his broad aunt, the Hippopotamus, and blew bubbles into her ear when she was sleeping in the water after meals; but he never let any one touch Kolokolo Bird.

At last things grew so exciting that his dear families went off one by one in a hurry to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to borrow new noses from the Crocodile. When they came back nobody spanked anybody any more; and ever since that day, O Best Beloved, all the Elephants you will ever see, besides all those that you won’t, have trunks precisely like the trunk of the ‘satiable Elephant’s Child.

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118 Responses to “The Elephant’s Child”

  • Thalia says:

    I love the just so stories and there also really interesting.

  • Luke says:

    My all time favorite ! Got to play it for my little one …

  • Charys says:

    Charys Faulks

    This is a great story.
    I LOVE it VERY MUCH’!”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!v

  • leafeon45 says:

    who is tim the tadpole? from leafeon45

  • leafeon45 says:

    hey bertie just wanted to ask how did you get turned into a frog? ( ^ ^ ) from leafeon45 bye bye!! ugh…

  • leafeon45 says:

    hey bertie and Natasha! one quick question can you make a pokemon story for me or is it not a fable? from leafeon45 Thanks!!

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Yusura we recorded this a long time ago but I remember how beautifully Natasha read it

  • yusra says:

    I love it so much i listened to it thrice

  • Naseem says:

    THIS IS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Emily sanders says:

    I all most fell asleep it was that good please do way more your the best ever you are so better than the other girl Watch she is so lame but you my friend are the best one I have ever heard YOU’RE MY HERO GIRL :O

  • laura says:

    I loved it was funny Bertie plz make some more

  • L'Myreo says:

    Five stars!

  • Sydney says:

    Me and my little brother loved this book it’s so funny

  • rachele says:

    that is really funny story love it love it

  • Norica says:

    Doesn’t “crocodile tears” mean “pretend tears?” Or am I wrong? I just saw a bit of symbolism in that. :P

  • emma says:

    this is an awesome book

  • cherri says:

    this book is lame

  • Daphne says:

    O, I just love elephants. I enjoyed the story. Kids will enjoy it too as they can relate with Elephants Child’s curiosity and innoscense …
    curiosity does pay..doesn’t it? Will share it with my grand children..one day…

  • Mansi Mudgil says:

    hey try the mp3 download of story guys it’s 2 gd

  • nikky says:

    haha lol this story is good but i defenetly think that is not how the elephant got its trunk but i love the imagination in i its great :) lol thx bertie

  • allisa says:

    i started it be i didn’t under stand it :(

  • beth says:

    i didn’t read it all. it was great anyway at the beggng so i knew i couldnt read any more

  • James says:

    This story was first read to me when I was in Primary School – we were learning alliteration, and quite frankly, what better example of alliteration could one find than ‘the great grey green greasy limpopo river, all set about with fever trees!’ Those words have stayed with me my whole life, and I reckon they’ll stay with me until I start to teach at Primary Schools too – I hope I can pass it on to them!

  • ana says:

    Please make more awesome stories!!!!

  • Bertie says:

    Hi Michael. I don’t think “curtiosity” is a typo. It’s one of Kipling’s made-up words. His own individual language must be very hard to translate into French. Thanks for your comment, and glad you liked the reading.

  • Michael says:

    Hi, the telling is great. Perhaps you may want to correct the typo “curtiosity.”
    This was my first record, which I kept listening to in French in the 1960s. This triggers a bit of nostalgia.
    About Kipling’s language, I wonder how “satiable” could be used with the meaning “insatiable.”

  • Hilda says:

    hello there i found his story amusing and verys sad i can belive how SAD this is.

  • rosy says:

    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • steve says:

    Had a record of the story when I was a child. It was one of my favorites. I still remember it and grately enjoyed reading it again.

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  • Abbey says:

    It’s O.K for children I heard it when I was little I laughed my head off. Well done Great book Happy Birthday Tyler XX

  • moheb says:

    nice story

  • Natasha says:

    Hello,

    That’s great, we learn a lot when our parents read out loud to us. When I was young my dad read ‘The Hobbit’ to me. The ‘Just So Storie’s’ by Rudyard Kipling are well read by Richard. You might enjoy Rikki -Tikki- Tavi by the same author.

    Bye Bye
    N *

  • Alesi says:

    i am 7 and my dad used to listen to just so story’s and now hes got me into them i really like this one

  • molly says:

    i love this story soooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Boo, we will, promise.

  • boo says:

    please record more just so stories I love them! :)

  • Darcy says:

    WOW!!!so interesting

  • Jaclyn GCC says:

    This is a great example of traditional fantasy.The plot is very simple, as the Elephant desires to know what a crocodile has for dinner and the plot depicts how he finds out. This is a very creative, exciting, and entertaining explanation for the Elephant’s trunk.

  • Melissa says:

    The Elephant’s child journey does not cite the original source of the story. The plot is simple and direct and the language is so lively and engaging. I appreciate how it keeps with the original oral tradition of fiction. The moral story is is that “What goes around comes around.” Also, you should not treat people poorly, because one day they might have a chance to get you back. The story does not seem to represent normative culture, but traditional normative gender roles are the same. Also, I’ve never seen the original oral tale, so this might be a variant retelling. Yet, I’m quite sure that the story kept me engaged the entire time! This is an excellent story for young children reading quality children’s literature.

  • Alicia says:

    This is a great traditional fantasy book. The plot of this story is very simple and easy for younger readers to understand. The story also has clear theme to it. The elephant’s child is very curious and the whole story is centered on that fact. It is upbeat and yet there is a lesson to be learned. I loved it.

  • Mini says:

    Please explain the context of the poem in “The elephant child” which is mentioned in Rudyard Kipling” book.

  • Amy GCC says:

    This was a wonderful story and an excellent example of traditional fantasy in literature! The characters were unique and engaging, and they would certainly keep children interesting in finding out what will happen next. It has several characteristics of a quality traditional fantasy, such as a simple, direct plot and lively language. The recording and language used really reflected the oral traditions of fairy and folk tales, making this an excellent story to use in an elementary classroom.

  • Aman says:

    Thank you I liked the story very much

  • sara brown says:

    hi l love story’s and i am 13 years old.

  • brinincy says:

    the story about elephant is so beautiful story so so so amazing

  • kameko says:

    very good book.

  • Jeanne says:

    Great classic story. Perhaps swatting could be substituted for spanking, since we are trying to promote less violence.

  • nz says:

    Excellent story. Look forward to more. Thx.

  • azly says:

    i like this story we learn a lot

  • Maria says:

    I liked the story and will play it for my preschool kids, although these days they probably don’t know what spanking is.

  • bolu says:

    i like yhe story and the funny bit was when the crcodile pulled he little elephants trunk . i felt sorry for the little elephant when everyone spanked him for his sitiable curtiosity and most people will like to read it but i think year 2 people would enjoy it. my rating would be 8/10 because its good but its not really for my age

  • chloe says:

    I love it it was a really good story. I liked the part were they spanked him and he spanked them back

  • tyrique says:

    it was so amazinng i threw up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • olivia says:

    this story was kinda boring and babyish so i give it 1/100

  • reece says:

    amazing story

  • Alex says:

    It’s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alex says:

    It’s really good.

  • sophie says:

    The story is very good because it has different language and style.

  • Alex says:

    The story was really good and very well structured. It made very good sence. I think that the authour made very good progres on doing his very famous work!!!!

  • sarah says:

    this not a good book.

  • boo boo says:

    hey i really like this stoy!!!

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Tyler, a very happy Birthday !

  • tyler says:

    Today is my birthday and I enjoy your story ,your the best story teller in the whole whide world.

  • tyler says:

    bertie the elephant’s child is like tim becasuse tim the tadpole and the elephant’s child asks questions and bertie I like your story ,but I like your story so much I could read till night I sorry that you turn into a frog maybe someday you’ll turn back into a person ,but I like your story for-now-from me you friend Tyler bye bye.

  • It was so cool and Fun to read this to my cats,and dogs

  • beatriz/greg says:

    we love this story so intrestin my mom usto read this 2 me wen i waz yunger i will love 2 read thid 2 my futur kids lol!!!!

  • anamaria says:

    i love this book it is so intresting 4 childred 2 learn lol

  • kara says:

    i like this book a lot and heard it 7 times already

  • e.k says:

    is so awesone

  • Emma says:

    It was a very good story, and i learned much off it.

  • bea says:

    The Limpopo river is nowhere near Kimberley??

  • bea says:

    The Limpop river is nowhere near Kimberley??

  • inoja says:

    :) sooo funny….i should learn to speak lyk dis….

  • Hortensinia -Gracien says:

    Very good story. My mum bought me the book for my birthdae!

  • oni says:

    good story

  • Peef says:

    ;) But the story is good. I wanna story How the camel got his hump! 8)

  • Peef says:

    pitifully little elephant’s child(((

  • A says:

    OMG! When I was younger we did a play of the Elephant’s Child! I love it! I still have my script!

  • cheyenne says:

    this storie is good i have read this book

  • Amelia says:

    Funny)))

  • Anonymous says:

    good story

  • mirelle says:

    i want a story of elephant

  • i love u rikki tikki tavi

  • mohammed says:

    this recording is great,
    please complete that great book with that great voice.

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  • Loliya says:

    I loved this story so much I thought it was very funny the way that all of his family spanked him!

  • Patrick says:

    I love to listen to your stories before bed… and I’m 26!

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Sophie, And Hello to Your Little Brother

  • sophie says:

    tim is curis

    REPLY TO ME BERTIE

    MY LITTLE BROTHER WANTS TO SAY
    Hi berto

  • Tanya says:

    Thank you so much for giving all of these wonderful stories to us!
    We love your original stories as well as these classics.
    It is so generous of you to share them with us for free. We love Natasha’s voice too!
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  • nasser says:

    my brother is doing this story in school

  • Bertie says:

    Thanks James for the info about Kipling in South Africa. I’ll take another look at the introduction

  • james says:

    kipling did indeed visit south africa and did much of his research for these stories while here.

  • lakshita says:

    it was good, and nice too. I liked the story very much.As i like to read stories and have read many. This was one of the most interesting story.

  • kristy says:

    Dear Bertie,

    That was a very interesting story!

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Amm

    The Elephant’s is set in Africa – but it is by an Englishman, Rudyard Kipling. He spent many year in India, but as far as I know, he never visited Africa. I think he made it up. It isn’t actually a folk tale.

    But the Limpopo river runs through Southern Arica.

  • amm says:

    please, tell me where is it from (country)?
    because it will present this folktale tomorrow.please, help me …………………
    PLEASE , HELP ME

  • Noorjahan says:

    I love the idea of recording stories and i appreciate your effort. Your stories are amazing to share with kids in my family. I always read stories to my little brothers but this will surprise them.
    Thanks A lot.

  • Bob says:

    Its kinda weird

  • Emily says:

    cool story!!!

  • isaac says:

    Bertie Says:
    November 19th, 2006 at 9:28 am
    Kelli – thanks for letting us know – the broken link is fixed now.

  • Ameer says:

    it looks nice story i am downloading it see you later

  • oscar says:

    more story’s plse

  • vidya says:

    this was such an interesting story . i loved it.

  • gestibar says:

    nice :)
    ;))

  • Bertie says:

    Kelli – thanks for letting us know – the broken link is fixed now.

  • Kelli says:

    I’d love to play this story for my daughter, but the link doesn’t seem to be working. :(

  • Storynory says:

    Lisa, thanks for some great suggestions. “The Fifty Famous Stories Retold” by James Baldwin, 1841-1925, could be a good source for us. We hadn’t come across him before, but Alfred and the Cakes and all the other stories there could be right for us.

  • Lisa says:

    Hi, please, oh please record more the The Just So Stories. My children and I loved the way you presented the stories, the voices especially. We have enjoyed The Elephant’s Child and Troy and The Princes and the pea. My story reading voice is beginning to faulter. I have been reading alot of stories/books to my children. I teach them using the Charlotte Mason/Classical method of using living books for learning. I have been using the Charlotte Mason list and Ambleside.org’s list of books. Reading good literature has helped my children learn and think better. The spanking part did not bother us at all. I think all of us know a few children out there that could use the, rod of correction being administered to the seat of understanding.
    Have you thought of recording “Fifty Famous Stories Retold”? Thank you again for all of the time and effort you have taken in recording all of the stories. We are going to enjoy returning to this website. Are you going to add any more links to other story telling/listening websites?

  • Ava says:

    Yes. It ia about a baby elephant. Elephant has atrunk but does not know how to use it.

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