Mr. Elephant and Mr. Frog
NCE upon a time, when Mr. Elephant
Mr. Elephant was very, very big, and
One night when they came home, Mr. Hare, who was a
saucy little fellow, ran to meet them, and he
"Oho, Mr. Frog says Mr. Elephant is his horse."
Then Mr. Fox and Mr. Tiger and Mr. Lion all followed
"Oho, oho, Mr. Elephant is Mr. Frog's horse."
Mr. Elephant turned around, and he said in a very gruff
"Did you tell them, grandson, that I was your horse?"
And Mr. Frog said in a high, squeaky
But all the time Mr. Frog was thinking of a trick to play on Mr. Elephant.
The next day, Mr. Elephant and Mr. Frog started off for
a long walk.
"Grandfather, I have no strength to walk. Let me get up on your back."
"Climb up, my grandson," said Mr. Elephant.
He put his trunk down for a ladder, and
"I am going to fall, grandfather. Give me some small cords from the roadside that I may bind your mouth, and hold myself upon your back."
"I will, grandson," said Mr. Elephant.
So Mr. Elephant stripped some small cords from a birch
tree by the roadside, and handed them to
"Grandfather," he said, "find me a small, green twig that I may fan the mosquitoes from your ears."
"I will, grandson," said Mr. Elephant, so he broke a
small, green twig from the birch tree, and reached it
"See Mr. Elephant," cried Mr. Hare.
"See Mr. Elephant," cried Mr. Tiger.
"See Mr. Elephant," cried Mr. Lion and
all the others, "Mr. Elephant is
Mr. Elephant turned himself about, and he saw
"Why, so I am, grandson," said Mr. Elephant.
Then Mr. Frog jumped down to the ground, and he laughed
and he laughed until he nearly split his coat, because
he had played a trick on