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The Saggy Baggy Elephant is another classic book from Little Golden Books. First printed in 1947, it still has the same power to delight children as it did over 60 years ago.
The story is in a way, an elephant version of the ugly duckling. Sookie is baby elephant who lives alone inthe jungle. He is quite happy at first dancing through the jungle (and leaving a trail of wreckage behind him). But after a parrots comments on his big ears, big nose, and especially skin that was much much too big for him, Sookie wants to change himself. he does not know he is an elephant, for he has never seen other elephants. In the end he finds his own kind and learns to be happy in the skin that he is in.
My opinion: I enjoyed this story as a child and still do. It has lots of funny parts, and the few sad parts are over shortly. It als says something about accepting yourself for who you are.
The children's opinion: Both children (23 months and 5 years), love this book. every time we read it they dance through the living room like the little elephant, 1,2,3 kick , 1,2,3, kick, and try very hard to stomp like an elephant. They love the parrots rude laugh, the snapping crocodile, and the roaring lion, but most of all, the stomping and trumpeting elephants.