(an adaptation) by Rudyard Kipling Parts: (9) Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Elephant Child Kolokolo Bird Crocodile Brother 1 Brother 2 Ostrich Giraffe Narrator 1: In the high and far-off times, the elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side--but he couldn't pick up things with it. Narrator 2: But there was one elephant, a new elephant--an elephant child--who was full of 'satiable curiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions! He lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his 'satiable curiosities. He asked his tall aunt, the Ostrich: "Why do your tail feathers grow just so?" And she spanked him with her hard, hard claw. He asked his tall uncle, the Giraffe: "What makes your skin spotty?" And Uncle Giraffe smacked him with his tail. He asked his broad aunt, the Hippopotomus: "What makes your eyes red?" And she spanked him with her broad, broad hoof. He asked his hairy uncle, the Baboon: "Why do melons taste just so?" And his Uncle Baboon spanked him with his hairy paw. 'satiable curiosity! And still he was full of
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He asked questions about everything that he saw, or heard, or felt, or smelled, or touched and all his uncles and aunts spanked him. And still he was full of 'satiable curiosity! One fine morning, this 'satiable elephant's child asked a new, fine question that he had never asked before. He asked: "What does the crocodile have for dinner?" Then everybody said: Hush! And they spanked him for a long, long time. By and by, when that was finished, he came upon the Kolokolo bird and he said to him: "My father, my mother, all my aunts and uncles, have spanked me and I still want to know what the crocodile has for dinner!"
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"Go to the banks of the great grey-green Limpopo River, and find out." That very next morning, this 'satiable elephant's child took a hundred pounds of bananas -The little, short, red kind -And a hundred pounds of sugar cane -The long, purple kind -And seventeen melons -The green, crackly kind -And said to all his dear family: "Good-bye. I am going to the great, grey-green Limpopo River to find out what the crocodile has for dinner." And they spanked him once more for luck. Then he went away, eating melons and throwing the rind about, until he came to what he thought was a log of wood at the very edge of the Limpopo. But it was really a crocodile, and the crocodile winked one eye. Then the crocodile winked the other eye and lifted half of his tail out of the mud. And the elephant's child stepped back most politely because he did not wish to be spanked again. "S'cuse me, but do you happen to have seen a crocodile in these parts of the river?" "Come hither, little one. Why do you ask such things?"
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"S'cuse me, but my father and mother and all my aunts and uncles have spanked me, and so, if it's quite all the same to you, I don't want to be spanked anymore...." "Come hither, little one, for I am the crocodile." And he wept crocodile-tears to show it was quite true. Then the elephant's child grew all breathless, and he panted and kneeled down on the bank and said: "You are the very person I have been looking for all these long days. please tell me what you have for dinner?" The Crocodile leaned toward the elephant's child and said: "Come hither, little one, and I'll whisper." Then the elephant's child put his head down close to the crocodile's musky, tusky mouth and the crocodile said: "I think today I will begin with the elephant's...