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Five Favourite Books 

The Story of Babar the Little Elephant by Jan de Brunhoff, 1933
An orphaned baby elephant goes to live in the city with an old lady who gives him everything he wants, but he eventually returns to the forest, where he is crowned king of the elephants.
Pumpernickel, Tickle and the Mean Green Cheese by Nancy Patz, 1978
Benjamin and Elephant are sent to the store to buy some groceries but Elephant makes so many rhymes and puns on the list that they forget what they are supposed to buy.
A Nose Like a Hose by Jenny Samuels, 2003
An elephant describes all the wonderful things she can do with her nose.
“Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze" by Patty Thomas, 1990
Knowing the havoc it will cause, all the animals try to prevent the elephant from sneezing.
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, 1992
In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance.

Five Extra Books

When the Silliest Cat was Small by Gilles Bachelet, 2007
Unaware that his pet cat is actually an elephant, the author describes how he selected his "kitten" and recounts their first days together at home.
Splash! by Flora McDonnell, 1999
When the jungle animals are hot, a baby elephant has a good solution involving the squirting and splashing of water at the water hole.
Elmer's Special Day by David McKee, 2009
Once a year on Elmer's Day, all the elephants decorate themselves and have a parade, and this year Elmer comes up with a plan to include the other animals as well as the elephants.
The Name of the Tree by Celia Lottridge, 1989
When the other animals fail at the task, the slow but wise turtle finds a way to obtain the bountiful fruits of a magic tree.
Peanut by Linas Alsenas, 2007
Mildred is very lonely until she finds a stray animal and takes him home as her pet dog, but Peanut is very different from the other dogs in the park.

Fingerplays & Action Rhymes

An Elephant

An Elephant moves like this and like that.
pat knees)
He’s terribly BIG,
(hands up high)
And he’s terribly FAT.
(hands out wide)
He has no fingers
(wriggle fingers)
And he has no toes,
(touch toes)
But goodness gracious,
(make curling motion away from nose)


(use elephant puppet and telephone)

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant-
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone-
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee-
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

Here Comes the Elephant

Here comes the elephant,
He moves so slow.
He swings his long trunk,
To and fro.
He is SO big,
He can’t even jump.
He sits down with a


Right foot, left foot, see me go.
(slowly lift one foot, then the other)
I am gray and big and slow.
(slowly, lift one arm, then the other)
I come walking down the street
(slowly walk)
With my trunk and four big feet.
(join hands together and swing arms across body

Five Little Elephants

Five little elephants rowing toward the shore,
One fell in and then there were four.
Four little elephants climbing up a tree,
One slid down and then there were three.
Three little elephants living in the zoo,
One walked away and then there were two.
Two little elephants playing in the sun,
One fell asleep and then there was one.
One little elephant isn’t any fun,
Abra-ca-da-bra! Then there were none!
The Elephant Song

One elephant went out to play,
Upon a spider's web one day.
He had such enormous fun,
That he called for another elephant to come!

Two elephants went out to play. . .
(repeat to as many elephants as you like)

Musical Activities

Activity: The Elephant
Learning Basic Skills Through Music Vol. 1
Activity: Elephants Marching
Up and Over the Moon

Read & recommended by SCL Youth Services staff
Revised February 2011

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