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The saggy baggy elephant by Kathryn Jackson

The saggy baggy elephant (original 1947; edition 1973)

by Kathryn Jackson

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Title:The saggy baggy elephant
Authors:Kathryn Jackson
Info:Golden Press (1973), Unknown Binding
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The Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn Jackson (1947)



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The Saggy Baggy Elephant is about a little elephant that is all alone and the other jungle animals continue to make fun of him for what he looks like. The elephant listens to the other animals and starts to feel ashamed for who he is. He ends up being frightened, but other elephants like him show up and rescue him. This book is meant for children with a moderate reading level. The words on each page are more advanced words in large number that a higher authority would be able to teach a more advanced reader. This book is about loving ones self for who you are and feeling good in ones own skin. The moral is to not listen to others who try to put you down for what you look like. There are people out their just like you and it is okay to look different compared to others around you. It is perfect for LEA students because starting at a young age children want to fit in and they need to be taught to be themselves and love who they are. The illustrations in this book are old fashioned, but eye-catching. The colors used are vibrant and explode on the page, which will draw the reader’s attention. ( )
  aschuler | Oct 13, 2015 |
Gustaf Tenggren's illustrations are just a treasure, and this will prove to be a timeless story. I was shocked in rereading it at just how relevant the message of loving your own particular physical beauty is for today's children, and yet this was written in 1947, before television could inundate us with false images of what it means to be attractive. Sooki the elephant ultimately finds comfort in his own skin; hopefully, someday, we all will. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Jun 14, 2014 |
A happy little elephant one day meets a parrot in the jungle. The parrot tells the elephant that his skin is very saggy and baggy. The elephant becomes very sad and upset that his skin is this way. He later runs into a few other older elephants who make him realize that there is nothing wrong with saggy baggy skin. The little elephant learns to accept himself for the way he is. ( )
  bdecossa | Feb 8, 2012 |
A little elephant stomps about the jungle and meets a cheeky parrot who teases the elephant for having saggy, baggy skin. After a number of run-ins with other jungle animals, the little elephant finally meets some adult elephants and realizes how beautiful they (and he) is - baggy, saggy skin and all.

This is a cute story about learning to accept one's own image, with appropriate accompanying illustrations. There's a few funny moments, like when the tiger offers to help the little elephant out by nibbling on him a bit to help get rid of the excess skin. The version I have is the little Little Golden Book, which makes it a neat book for small hands. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Dec 26, 2011 |
A golden books classic. This one is about a little elephant who is happy to dance and kick around the forest until his reveries disturb the parrot. In irritation, the cranky bird laughs at elephant's saggy baggy skin and demands to know what kind of animal looks like that. Elephant, suddenly unsure of his identity, becomes ashamed of his appearance and tries to abolish his extra skin. Exercising and soaking do no good, though, and he declines the tiger's offer to eat it off. In despair, little elephant slinks in to a dark cave to hide his odd skin from the world. Luckily, a troop of elephants find the poor elephant and help him acquire confidence in his unique identity.

A simple story with correspondingly simple drawings, used to convey the message of self esteem and identity in terms young children can understand. Although the story imparts the importance of identity, it doesn't embrace the idea that different types of creatures should respect differences in others. The parrot mocks the elephant, other animals try to take advantage of him, and he's not happy until he is finally with his own kind. I find it interesting that the book promotes accepting one's own peculiarities but not those of others. A reflection of its times. The message is limited and other books should be read to children to emphasize an appreciation of differences. Despite this drawback, the story is cute, and the message of confidence in your own identity is an important one for children. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jackson, Kathrynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, Bryonmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hedenberg, Sarasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoekstra, Han G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knutsson, GöstaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Norelius, EinarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tenggren, GustafIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A happy little elephant was dancing through the jungle.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307021106, Hardcover)

After a parrot makes fun of Sooki’s big ears, long nose, and wrinkled skin, the “saggy baggy” elephant isn’t too sure of himself. But once he meets some beautiful creatures who look just like him, Sooki celebrates with a joyful “one-two-three-kick.” For over 50 years, parents and children have treasured this tale, with gorgeous art by Gustaf Tenggren, the illustrator of The Poky Little Puppy.

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A little elephant's worries about his wrinkles are solved.

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