Ryan Hunter

Per. 1 Creative Writing
Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Children’s Story
The Elephant Who Cried Mouse
The herd of elephants walked lazily about the jungle enjoying a fine,
warm day. After an excellent lunch of bananas, they all lay down on some
soft grass to take naps.


All except one young elephant that did not feel tired enough to sleep.

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Since he had no one to play with, all the other young elephants were
asleep; he just wandered around for a while smelling the flowers, looking
into hollow trees, and chasing butterflies.


The young elephant sat down to try to think of something more exciting
to do. Suddenly, he had a splendid idea! He would play a funny trick on all
the other elephants and get a good laugh.


Quietly, he crept back to where the elephants lay sleeping. Then, in
his loudest voice, he cried,
“Mouse! Mouse!”
All of the other elephants awoke from their sleep, and with rather
amazing speed and agility, jumped high into the snake-infested banana trees
where they clung to the branches with all their might. For nothing,
absolutely nothing terrifies an elephant like a mouse.


The young elephant laughed and laughed until he thought his belly
would split open. He rolled on the ground holding his sides and gasping for
breath.


When the other elephants finally saw that the young elephant had
tricked them, for there was no mouse, they climbed down from the banana
trees. Since elephants are rather friendly creatures, they soon forgave the
young elephant. They then decided to go down to the river for a drink of
water.


The young elephant followed them, congratulating himself on his clever
trick. So proud of himself he was that he began to look for another chance
to play the same trick.


When all the other elephants had lined up on the bank of the river
drinking water, the young elephant came up behind them, and, in his loudest
voice, he cried,
“Mouse! Mouse!”
Without thinking, all of the elephants jumped into the crocodile-
infested river, crouching down low in the water so that only the tips of
their trunks showed and they could still breathe. For nothing, absolutely
nothing terrifies an elephant like a mouse.


The young elephant laughed and laughed until he thought his belly
would split open. He rolled on the ground holding his sides and gasping for
breath.


At last the other elephants stuck their heads out of the water and saw
that the young elephant had tricked them again. For there was no mouse.

They blew the water out of their trunks and climbed out of the river. And
since elephants are rather friendly and good-natured creatures, they soon
forgave the young elephant. Then they decided to go back into the jungle to
look for more bananas to eat.


The young elephant followed them. He had never had so much fun in his
life, and he looked for another chance to play the same trick.


Suddenly, the young elephant heard a noise behind him. When he turned
to look at what made the noise, what did he see? A real mouse! The young
elephant ran to catch up with the others.


“Mouse! Mouse!”
he cried in his loudest voice.


“Mouse! Mouse!”
But this time the other elephants did not jump and they did not run.

He is just trying to trick us again, they said among themselves. But we
will not fall for that trick this time.


“No, it is a real mouse!” cried the young elephant. It really is a
mouse this time! But the other elephants did not believe him. They just
went on eating their bananas until . . .