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The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Book) Hardcover – September 21, 1999
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About the Author
Gustaf Tenggren, who immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1920, created other famous Little Golden Book characters such as the Tawny Scrawny Lion and the Poky Little Puppy. Before coming to Golden Books, he worked in the Disney studio, creating concept artwork of various characters for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. He died in 1970. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It was quite possibly the best story I could have told them. As a story about self-image and how we are all beautiful, that we are exactly as we should be at that point, it is perfect for kids and even junior high girls. It is a message we don't hear nearly enough.
Now on the one hand, it's true that it's an immense relief when you're different and you get made fun of and then you find people who are just like you. And this book is reassuring to kids who wonder whether their pack is out there. But on the other hand, even if there weren't others like the elephant in the book, surely he could have still found a way to work toward self-acceptance. I know these books have to be simplified to appeal to very young children, but I wish the elephant's feelings of self-worth hadn't been contingent upon finding others like him. Some people never do find the other elephants, or they don't exist. Becoming proud of the skin you're in is still possible in a tribe of one, and I think I like that message better than the one this story told.