…He asked his broad aunt, the Hippopotamus, why her eyes were red, and his broad aunt, the Hippopotamus, spanked him with her broad, broad hoof; and he asked his hairy uncle, the Baboon, why melons tasted just so, and his hairy uncle, the Baboon, spanked him with his hairy, hairy paw. And still he was full of ’satiable curtiosity! He asked questions about everything that he saw, or heard, or felt, or smelt, or touched, and all his uncles and his aunts spanked him. And still he was full of ’satiable curtiosity!
This is from the opening of “The Elephant’s Child” in Just So Stories.
The Elephant’s Child goes to the banks of the great grey-green greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees, to find out what the crocodile has for dinner. The crocodile seizes him by the nose, saying that today he will start with Elephant’s Child, but the Elephant’s Child pulls away with the help of his friend the bi-coloured python rock-snake and acquires a most useful trunk in the process.