Narrator, Little Elephant, Father, Mother, Fox, Bird, Crocodile, Snake
Narrator：Once upon a time, the elephant had no long trunk. He could smell with it, and he could wag it, but he could not use it to pick up things that he needs.
Now in those days there lived a little elephant who was always asking other animals about the things he saw around him.
Little Elephant：Why is your fur so long and gray?
Fox: Don’t ask why.（狐狸拍着小象的屁股）
Little Elephant：(问妈妈) Why do we have these short black stumps?
Mother：Don’t ask why.
Narrator：One day Little Elephant asked his mother and father.
Little Elephant：What does the crocodile eat for lunch?
Father & Mother：（他们拍着小象的屁股说）Don’t talk about crocodiles.
Narrator：When they stopped spanking him, Little Elephant went for a stroll. Soon he saw a red bird.
Little Elephant：(问鸟) What does the crocodile eat for lunch?
Bird:If you want to know, go west to the great, gray-green, greasy Limpopo River. The crocodile lives there.
Narrator:The next morning Little Elephant set off to the west. After many days he came to the great, gray-green, greasy Limpopo River, but he did not know what the crocodile looked like or where to find him. First he asked a snake.
Little Elephant: Where is the crocodile? I want to find out what he eats for lunch.
Snake: (蛇边拍打着小象的屁股边说) Don’t ask what the crocodile eats.
Narrator: Little Elephant went on along the bank of the great gray-green, greasy Limpopo River until he stepped on what he thought was a log, but it was the crocodile. When the log moved, Little Elephant jumped off.
Little Elephant:（他问泥浆里的动物）Have you seen the crocodile?
Crocodile: Why yes. I am the crocodile.
Narrator: Little Elephant was so glad to find the crocodile that he wagged his short, black stump.
Little Elephant: Tell me what you eat for lunch.
Crocodile: Very well.(鳄鱼向小象使个眼色) Only come over here. Then I’ll not only tell you, but I’ll show you.
Narrator：When Little Elephant bent（俯身） near, the crocodile grabbed(抓住) his short, black stump.
Crocodile：Now I have you, and what I eat for lunch is you.
Little Elephant: (叫喊) Let go! Help!
Snake：(所幸的是蛇并没有走远，他悄悄地移动到小象所处的岸边) If you don’t pull very, very hard, the crocodile will eat you before you can say great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo River. Come on. I’ll help you.
Narrator：Little Elephant and the snake pulled one way, and the crocodile pulled the other way. With each pull Little Elephant’s short black stump stretched a little. At last the crocodile had to let go.
As soon as the crocodile let go, Little Elephant rubbed his stump. Only now it was not a stump because all the pulling had stretched it into the long trunk that elephants have now.
Little Elephant：Oh no! Just look how much my stump has stretched. How can I shrink（使收缩）it?
Snake：You don’t want to shrink it! That new long trunk of yours has all sorts of uses.
Narrator：Then a fly stung（蛰，叮）Little Elephant on the head. Little Elephant smacked the fly with his long trunk.
Snake：New use number one. You could not smack a fly with your old trunk.
Narrator：Before long, Little Elephant wanted something to eat. With his long trunk he pulled up some grass.
Snake：New use number two, you could not pull up grass with your old stump.
Narrator：The day was hot so Little Elephant cupped up some good cold mud with his trunk and slapped the mud on his head.
Snake：New use number three, you could not make a mud cap with your old trunk. Now, how would you like to spank people?
Little Elephant：Very much. (他习惯于挨打，而不去打别人。)
Snake：Then use your new trunk to give spankings.
Little Elephant：All right. I’ll go right home and spank a few people I know. My new trunk will give the very best spankings in the whole world.