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He went from Graham’s Town to Kimberley, and from Kimberley to Khama’s Country, and from Khama’s Country he went east by north, eating melons all the time, till at last he came to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, precisely as Kolokolo Bird had said …


This is from “The Elephant’s Child”, from the Just So Stories.

The Elephant’s Child, who asks ever so many questions, is journeying to the banks of the Limpopo River to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner. The Crocodile tells him that today he is going to begin with Elephant’s Child, seizes him by the nose, and pulls. Luckily his friend, the Bi-Coloured Python Rock-Snake is at hand to help him pull the other way…

The crocodile lets go, but not before the Elephant’s Child’s nose has been pulled out into a ‘really truly trunk’, which is extremely useful, as he soon discovers.



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