Then the Elephant’s Child put his head down close to the Crocodile’s musky, tusky mouth, and the Crocodile caught him by his little nose, which up to that very week, day, hour, and minute, had been no bigger than a boot, though much more useful.
‘I think, said the Crocodile—and he said it between his teeth, like this—’I think to-day I will begin with Elephant’s Child!’
This is from “The Elephant’s Child” in Just So Stories.
The Elephant’s Child, who asks ever so many questions and is often spanked for it, has journeyed 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. When the Crocodile seizes him he is rescued by his friend the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, but not before his little nose has been pulled out into a really truly trunk.