After a parrot makes enjoyable of Sooki’s gigantic ears, lengthy nostril, and wrinkled pores and skin, the “saggy dishevelled” elephant isn’t too convinced of himself. yet as soon as he meets a few appealing creatures who glance similar to him, Sooki celebrates with a pleased “one-two-three-kick.” For over 50 years, mom and dad and youngsters have valuable this story, with beautiful paintings by way of Gustaf Tenggren, the illustrator of The Poky Little Puppy.
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The tiger did not care a fig approximately Sooki's issues, yet he did consider flattered and demanding, and he did consider a little mite hungry. “My dermis continually did fit,” acknowledged the tiger. “Maybe the reason is, I take loads of workout. But…” additional the tiger, “…if you do not take care of workout, I will probably be thrilled to nibble some of these additional kilos of dermis off for you! ” “Oh no, thanks! No, thanks! ” cried Sooki. “I love workout! simply watch me! ” Sooki ran until eventually he was once well past succeed in. Then he did somersaults and rolled on his again. He walked on his hind legs and he walked on his entrance legs. whilst Sooki wandered all the way down to the river to get an immense drink of water, he met the parrot. The parrot laughed more durable than ever. “I attempted exercising,” sighed the little elephant. “Now i do not understand what to do. ” “Soak within the water the best way the crocodile does,” laughed the parrot. “Maybe your epidermis will scale back. ” So Sooki tramped directly into the water. yet earlier than he had soaked approximately lengthy adequate to lessen his dermis, an outstanding massive crocodile got here swimming up, snapping his fierce jaws and searching greedily at Sooki's smooth ears. The little elephant clambered up the financial institution and ran away, feeling very discouraged. “I'd larger cover in a dismal position the place my baggage and sags and creases and wrinkles will not show,” he stated. via and through he chanced on a deep darkish cave, and with a heavy sigh he tramped inside of and sat down. without warning, he heard a fierce growling and grumbling and snarling. He peeped out of the cave and observed a lion padding down the trail. “I'm hungry! ” roared the lion. “I have not had something to consume this present day. no longer a specific thing other than a skinny, bony antelope, and a puny monkey—and a buffalo, yet this type of difficult one! And turtles, yet you cannot count number turtles. there is not anything a lot to consume among these saucers they put on for garments! i am hungry! i may consume an elephant! ” And he started to pad immediately towards the darkish cave the place the little elephant used to be hidden. “This is the tip of me, sags, baggage, wrinkles and all,” proposal Sooki, and he let loose one final, trumpeting bellow! simply as he did, the jungle was once full of a negative crashing and an lousy stomping. an entire herd of significant grey wrinkled elephants got here charging up, and the massive hungry lion jumped up within the air, rotated, and ran away as speedy as he may possibly cross. Sooki peeped out of the cave and the entire gigantic elephants smiled at him. Sooki suggestion they have been the main attractive creatures he had ever noticeable. “I want I regarded similar to you,” he stated. “You do,” grinned the large elephants. “You're a wonderfully dandy little elephant! ” And that made Sooki so satisfied that he started to dance one-two-three-kick during the jungle, with all these enormous, courageous, pleasant elephants at the back of him. The saucy parrot watched them dance. yet this time he did not snort, now not even to himself. acquire all of them!