IN the High and Far-Off Times the Elephant, O Best Beloved, had no trunk. He had only a blackish,
bulgy nose, as big as a boot, that he could wriggle about from side to side; but he could not pick
up things with it.
The young elephant hero is full of questions. Why is his tall uncle the giraffe so spotty? Why are
the eyes of his broad aunt the Hippopotamus so red? Above all, he wants to know what the crocodile
has for dinner. And in the end we learn how the elephant got his trunk.