The Saggy Baggy Elephant

The Saggy Baggy Elephant

by Kathryn Jackson


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Sooki is a happy-go-lucky little gray elephant without a care in the world. But when a noisy parrot asks why her skin is so saggy and baggy, Sooki embarks on a quest to find an answer. With brilliantly colored illustrations by the great Gustaf Tenggren, The Saggy Baggy Elephant is a tender story about finding one's true place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375825903
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/10/2003
Series: Big Little Golden Book Series
Edition description: ENL
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

In 1942, the launch of Little Golden Books revolutionized children’s book publishing by making high-quality picture books available at affordable prices. More than 60 years later, many of the original Golden Book titles are still wildly popular, with The Poky Little Puppy topping the list of ten bestselling children’s books of all time. Golden Books’ backlist is teeming with classics such as Dorothy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny, and features the stories and artwork of children’s book legends Mary Blair, Margaret Wise Brown, Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkins, Garth Williams, and many more. Today, the Golden Books imprint includes an array of storybooks, novelty books, and coloring and activity books featuring all of the most popular licenses, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, The Cat in the Hat, Sesame Street, Marvel Super Heroes, and DC Super Friends. Golden Books continues to reissue the best of its backlist in a variety of formats, including ebooks and apps, as well as bringing out brand-new books in these evolving new formats.

Byron Jackson (1899–1949), along with his wife Kathryn Jackson, wrote hundreds of classic and well-known stories, poems, and books for Golden Books, including The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tawny Scrawny Lion, and A Day at the Seashore.

Gustaf Tenggren (1896–1970) was a well-known illustrator in his native Sweden before immigrating to the United States in 1920. He illustrated many Golden Books, beginning with The Poky Little Puppy. One of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, The Poky Little Puppy went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. Other iconic Little Golden Books illustrated by Tenggren include The Saggy Baggy Elephant and Tawny Scrawny Lion. In the late 1930s, Tenggren worked for the Disney Studio, providing concept artwork (created to inspire and guide animators) for various characters and scenes in Bambi, The Old Mill, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Fantasia.

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psycheKK More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 yr old grandson really loves this one. He and I love the read and listen books. We still read books, however these are great for when he needs alone time or just quite time directing his own activities.
juliazora More than 1 year ago
this may sound silly to most - My father is almost 80 years old, a few years ago I realized he had enough books, t-shirts, neck-ties, and other trinkets - and that what I share with him that I treasure so much are memories. So I started buying him story books I remember from my childhood, books he used to read to me. It makes for a nice memory when he opens it up. He puts aside all of his other gifts and reads the book right away. I adored this story as a child and it has some really nice lessons and themes about liking people for who they are and appreciating our differences.
CuteNsassyOUfan More than 1 year ago
The story is cute, but the noises in the book are great. When my baby is fussy I turn this on and he is intrigued!! He forgets to be fussy!
School-Marm More than 1 year ago
Thank you gor working with Golden Books to get some of their best. Please get COLOR KITTENS and I will make sure my next grandchild is named after you. Illustrations are incredible and the "reader" was a great match for the story.
Mac Pitts More than 1 year ago
is this a read to me book?i am thinking of getting it for my 6yr. sister
Leon Cutler More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 2 year old son. I need to zoom in on the text, but read to me works as well. This is an older book but still a good one.
Irishlas More than 1 year ago
I read this to my children and now I'm reading it to my grandchildren. It's a timeless book. It's always a favorite. I only wish the voice was louder. The reader has a very soft spoken voice.
Peg0919 More than 1 year ago
The little elephant encounters some shifty characters who slyly imply that the little guy is faulty and should do things their way--obviously to their advantage. The protective beauty of family is then cause for celebration. Sharing this with grandchildren and others is a genuine pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this book when I was a little girl so I just recently added it to my godson collection. He loves it. The story of a little elephant whose worried about his sags,bags and wrinkles is just too cute. Then when he meets the new band of elephants you realize everything will be okay. My godson just adores this books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this classic children's book helps to teach children about self-esteem and being different. it's one most of us have read as a child, and one we should pass on to our children. it also has the wonderful illustrations of Gustaf Tenggren (who illustrated the poky little puppy).
bdecossa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A happy little elephant one day meets a parrot in the jungle. The parrot tells the elephant that his skin is very saggy and baggy. The elephant becomes very sad and upset that his skin is this way. He later runs into a few other older elephants who make him realize that there is nothing wrong with saggy baggy skin. The little elephant learns to accept himself for the way he is.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little elephant stomps about the jungle and meets a cheeky parrot who teases the elephant for having saggy, baggy skin. After a number of run-ins with other jungle animals, the little elephant finally meets some adult elephants and realizes how beautiful they (and he) is - baggy, saggy skin and all. This is a cute story about learning to accept one's own image, with appropriate accompanying illustrations. There's a few funny moments, like when the tiger offers to help the little elephant out by nibbling on him a bit to help get rid of the excess skin. The version I have is the little Little Golden Book, which makes it a neat book for small hands.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A golden books classic. This one is about a little elephant who is happy to dance and kick around the forest until his reveries disturb the parrot. In irritation, the cranky bird laughs at elephant's saggy baggy skin and demands to know what kind of animal looks like that. Elephant, suddenly unsure of his identity, becomes ashamed of his appearance and tries to abolish his extra skin. Exercising and soaking do no good, though, and he declines the tiger's offer to eat it off. In despair, little elephant slinks in to a dark cave to hide his odd skin from the world. Luckily, a troop of elephants find the poor elephant and help him acquire confidence in his unique identity.A simple story with correspondingly simple drawings, used to convey the message of self esteem and identity in terms young children can understand. Although the story imparts the importance of identity, it doesn't embrace the idea that different types of creatures should respect differences in others. The parrot mocks the elephant, other animals try to take advantage of him, and he's not happy until he is finally with his own kind. I find it interesting that the book promotes accepting one's own peculiarities but not those of others. A reflection of its times. The message is limited and other books should be read to children to emphasize an appreciation of differences. Despite this drawback, the story is cute, and the message of confidence in your own identity is an important one for children.
stharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantasy, an elephant cannot conceivably talk and cannot be so worried about self image. This story is a little over played when it come to plot, and the climax of the story seems to have nothing to do with the initial problem the elephant wanted to solve. The author did not stick to one plot or the other, but instead tried to have two.
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