by Rudyard Kipling

The Elephant's Child

THIS WEEK, we hope you’ll enjoy the classic tale of the elephant child and his ’satiable curtiosity. “How the Elephant Got his Trunk” is one of Kipling’s aetiological (or, origin) stories. (Also called pourquoi stories [French for “why”].) This and the other tales, many of which begin with “How the…,” comprise the Just So Stories, written a few years after The Jungle Book.

If you’ve raised children, or remember your own childhood, you know what ’satiable curtiosity is. Many a familial cautionary tale has come from it. The Green family certainly has some; no doubt yours does too.

And philosophical considerations aside, any story that gives Robert an opportunity to do voices is a favorite with me.

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Go to the story.