By Rudyard Kipling
Fanciful causes, that pride either old and young, of ways a few curious issues got here to be, together with tales of ways the elephant bought his trunk, how the camel bought his hump, and the way the alphabet used to be invented. appropriate for a long time 6 and up.
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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. " said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. "You couldn't have done that with a mere-smear nose. " said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. "I should like it very much indeed," said the Elephant's Child. " So the Elephant's Child went home across Africa frisking and whisking his trunk.
Take a lesson by it, Leopard. " "Ho! " said the Leopard. " "Well, calling names won't catch dinner, said the Ethiopian. "The long and the little of it is that we don't match our backgrounds. I'm going to take Baviaan's advice. " said the Leopard, tremendously excited. "To a nice working blackish-brownish colour, with a little purple in it, and touches of slaty-blue. " So he changed his skin then and there, and the Leopard was more excited than ever; he had never seen a man change his skin before.
And the Rhinoceros did. He buttoned it up with the three buttons, and it tickled like cake crumbs in bed. Then he wanted to scratch, but that made it worse; and then he lay down on the sands and rolled and rolled and rolled, and every time he rolled the cake crumbs tickled him worse and worse and worse. Then he ran to the palm-tree and rubbed and rubbed and rubbed himself against it. He rubbed so much and so hard that he rubbed his skin into a great fold over his shoulders, and another fold underneath, where the buttons used to be (but he rubbed the buttons off), and he rubbed some more folds over his legs.
Just So Stories, Illustrated Edition by Rudyard Kipling