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The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden…

The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Book) (original 1947; edition 1999)

by K. Jackson (Author), Tenggren (Illustrator)

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Title:The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Book)
Authors:K. Jackson (Author)
Other authors:Tenggren (Illustrator)
Info:Golden Books (1999), Edition: 1, 24 pages
Collections:NoLongerAvailable, 2019 Stats
Tags:_GoldenBooks, #reserve ShanaHoward, Country:Indonesia, 2019

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The Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn Jackson (1947)



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Too bad there are always mean people like the parrot. Sooki was doing just fine with the one-two-three-kick" until he met that bad bird. Still, it was nice that the little elephant found his family & friends." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Pretty much a nonentity for me. Not getting why this has any sort of reputation, except a kind of founder effect for the genre of watered-down stories of animal whimsy. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jan 18, 2016 |
My 2 1/2-year-old grandson enjoyed this story. I like that it is a children's book with an older copyright (1947). I also like that it tells the story of an animal who isn't sure that he is comfortable about his own appearance, but that he learns he is fine the way he is...and, in fact, looks very much like other elephants! :) ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 18, 2015 |
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 |
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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.
You're a perfectly dandy little elephant.
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33rd printing 1982
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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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