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The Elephant's Child ❮Reading❯ ➼ The Elephant's Child Author Rudyard Kipling – Thomashillier.co.uk A retelling of Rudyard Kipling s classic tale The Elephant s Child, adapted by Karen Baiker and illustrated by Davin Cheng The curious little Elephant asks many questions and embarks on a journey whic A retelling of Rudyard Kipling s classic tale The Elephant s Child, adapted by Karen Baiker and illustrated by Davin Cheng The curious little Elephant asks many questions and embarks on a journey which changes the face of elephants forever.


10 thoughts on “The Elephant's Child

  1. April April says:

    I read this for PrimeTime and found myself nostalgic for the days when beating children without explanation was acceptable and revenge was sweet Just kidding I was a bit disturbed by the message of this book but I like that the PrimeTime kids will have to take a break from their modern sheltered 21st C childhoods while reading it Here s my favorite quote 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 t I read this for PrimeTime and found myself nostalgic for the days when beating children without explanation was acceptable and revenge was sweet Just kidding I was a bit disturbed by the message of this book but I like that the PrimeTime kids will have to take a break from their modern sheltered 21st C childhoods while reading it Here s my favorite quote 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 Oh, random violence against women So 19th Century I can t wait for this book s discussion next week


  2. Joanna Joanna says:

    Incredible I heard this on NPR and really need to search it out and own it.


  3. Amy Amy says:

    The illustrations done by Lorinda Bryan Cauley in this edition of Rudyard Kipling s The Elephant s Child are just beautiful The pages alternate between color illustrations and black and white ones, but all of them are fantastic, and really enhance Kipling s story.I have mixed feelings about the story itself On one hand, it s a great fable, Kipling s writing is beautiful and poetic, and he has a lot of fun with words It s masterfully written, of course But I can t read this book to my ni The illustrations done by Lorinda Bryan Cauley in this edition of Rudyard Kipling s The Elephant s Child are just beautiful The pages alternate between color illustrations and black and white ones, but all of them are fantastic, and really enhance Kipling s story.I have mixed feelings about the story itself On one hand, it s a great fable, Kipling s writing is beautiful and poetic, and he has a lot of fun with words It s masterfully written, of course But I can t read this book to my niece and nephew yet They are still too young to be able to take this book with a grain of salt While I realize that this was written at a time when the predominate philosophy was children should be seen and not heard, that is not something that I can get behind with respect to my niece and nephew Well, they could use a volume control, but in no way would I ever give any suggestion to them that asking questions is a bad thing, and that s precisely what The Elephant s Child does Questions should be asked, how else is a child supposed to learn In addition, all the beatings going on in this story were just crazy Moms, dads, aunts, uncles beating the baby for asking questions the baby using his trunk to go back and lay the smack down on his mom, dad, aunts and uncles Crimony CPS and or the ASPCA should be called in here This is just not a story that really meshes well with what most people today think of as acceptable child rearing practices And seriously, if one of the adults in this story had just answered the baby elephant s question instead of smacking him, this whole mess could have been avoided So, beautiful illustrations, beautiful writing, good fable, uncomfortable story It might be good for a unit on fables for older kids, but when reading this book I don t think it would hurt for teachers or parents to talk with kids about how beliefs and standards have changed UPDATE Well, after much begging and pleading, my niece convinced me to please read this book to them The kids really liked it, and while they did notice some of the things I mentioned above, it didn t bother them to the extent that it bothered me My four year old nephew even sat through this long, wordy, story, and he understood and enjoyed it This story really made the kids feel empowered, which is often a good thing But in this case, well They maybe got just a little bit too much of a good thing My sister told me that this evening she told her son no about something, and he responded, why not She told him that it was because she was the grown up, and she didn t think it was a good idea Alas, my nephew s response was, Well, maybe the grown ups should be quiet, and the kids should be in charge After telling her that we read this story she said, Ah That explains it Um Yeah There is a lot going on in this story I don t shy away from my previous feeling that it can probably be read to kids, but it s probably best to preview it first Adults should be aware of all the layers to this story, and know that kids may come away from this tale with ideas that were perhaps unintended It is an evencomplex story than I first realized, and adult involvement in helping the child to process this story is, I think, pretty important Sadly, it seems that I slipped up on that with this book Darn it


  4. Shanna Gonzalez Shanna Gonzalez says:

    Kipling s Just So Stories are literary classics characterized by a wonderful sense of humor and brilliant use of language In this illustrated version of one, a young elephant equipped with an abbreviated trunk as big as a boot is filled with curiosity, although his family and relations try to drive it out of him through much spanking He asks endless questions in the manner of small children, receiving many spankings for his trouble, until he hits on a question that provokes a torrent of sp Kipling s Just So Stories are literary classics characterized by a wonderful sense of humor and brilliant use of language In this illustrated version of one, a young elephant equipped with an abbreviated trunk as big as a boot is filled with curiosity, although his family and relations try to drive it out of him through much spanking He asks endless questions in the manner of small children, receiving many spankings for his trouble, until he hits on a question that provokes a torrent of spanking What does the crocodile have for dinner Undeterred with this response, he sets out to find out the answer What happens when he meets the crocodile is a surprise, but he gets a long trunk as a result He uses this trunk to spank all of his relations upon his return home, and they head off to the river to get their own trunks lengthened.The young elephant is often confused about why he is being spanked, which provides quite a poor model of adult discipline, since children receiving consequences should always know exactly what standard they have violated Later, he returns the favor, providing a deliciously naughty fantasy that may be a little too appealing to children inclined to rebellion Parents will need to be discerning as to whether their child can grasp the story s ridiculous tone But for a child who can grasp the humor of this pseudo folktale, it ought to provide an enjoyable flight of imagination.The book is beautifully illustrated by Lorinda Bryan Cauley who also illustrated Clancy s Coat , with alternating color and black and white drawings Kipling s original text is retained in full Because the language is difficult, it may be most appropriate foradvanced listeners or readers in the 4 8 age range.There are three audio versions of the Just So Stories available for free download at Librivox.org The volunteer reader in version 1 has a nice British accent and dramatic cadence, but pauses unpredictably and mispronounces some words The reader in version 2 has an American accent, but a wonderful, dramatic cadence with accurate pronunciation The reader in Version 3 also has an American accent, and a dramatic, precise enunciation


  5. Joy H. Joy H. says:

    Added 7 30 13.Kids would LOVE this DVD Adults would too The Elephant s Child , Told by Jack Nicholson with Music by Bobby McFerrin 1981 Rudyard Kipling s Just So story I just streamed it fromand I loved it GOODREADS


  6. Lyndz Lyndz says:

    This was the book that made me love audiobooks as a kid I still listen to them on a regular basis I used to listen to this book over and over on my little cassette player until I drove my brother mad I can still hear Jack Nicholson say, in his charismatic voice 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.


  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    The language, o best beloved, is most delectable Still, children should be told not to go around spanking those who have only mere smear noses Sorry I had the wrong edition last time, and the fact that Bobby McFerrin was listed as the author bothered me most scruciatingly.


  8. Doran Doran says:

    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZINGi almost criedi laughedand im so happy i got it for free on the nookTHE NOOK READ IT TO ME EVEN xD


  9. Amina Amina says:

    I m so happy the little elephant is done with all the spanking


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