What’s big and grey and is ready to go away on holiday?
How The Elephant Got his Trunk
retold by Andrea Florens
illustrated by Angela Sinclair
published by Art Publishers
African folk tale
suitable for children 4 - 7
Long, long ago in Africa, the elephants that roamed the veld look very much as they do today. They were the biggest of all the animals with huge bellies and heavy legs. the elephants had enormous ears and two white tusks. But there was something quite different about those elephants so many years ago...
A long time ago, elephants did not have lovely, long trunks. Having a short stubby nose was not convenient for the elephants. Eating and drinking was awkward. One day, a little elephant was kneeling down, drinking from an unfamiliar river. Snap! an crocodile bit the end of his nose. A tug-o-war ensued.
The elephant escaped from the crocodile, but was a bit mis-shapen as a result of his ordeal.
We were driving down the road in our safari jeep, rounded a corner and saw ...
The elephants kept coming out of the bush, and our safari guide kept calmly backing the jeep up. We were in elephant territory, and it was our job to get out of the way.
There were majestic matriarchs, young 'uns, and a baby who was so new it kept falling over its own feet, needing to be scooped up by a friendly trunk.
resources - other than going to Africa and seeing elephants
Learn about elephants.
I am always a sucker for handprint creations. This elephant is definitely cute.
|source: Cheshire Mum|
|source: Green Kids Crafts: Trash to Treasure Thursdays|