Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book 244: The Saggy, Baggy Elephant

The Saggy, Baggy Elephant, by K & B Jackson, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, Little Golden Books, 1947

This is another Little Golden Book illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren -- he had quite a prolific career as a LGB illustrator -- so the artwork is extraordinary and extraordinarily good.  I liked the tiger and elephant illustration that was used for the front cover, but the best illustration in the book has to be the line of dancing elephants.  It is so incredibly sweet and quite funny.

The overall story is fine, even good, although I probably would have sat on the mouthy parrot a long time ago.  I don't know how the very young elephant ended up on his own in the first place, but it is always wonderful when you find out where you do belong, even if there are dangers and distractions along the way.

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