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Rabbit and the Elephant King

An Indian Folktale
Narrated by: Bill Gordh
Length: 11 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
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Summary

Award-winning storyteller Bill Gordh (Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence winner, National Association of Parenting Periodicals Gold Award winner) presents this folktale live with no script, accompanied only by his own dynamic banjo playing.

The rabbits lived near a beautiful pond up in the hills. The elephants bathed and drank from a pond to the south. The elephants' pond dried up. They began looking for a new pond. Finally they came to the rabbits' pond. When they saw it, the elephants stampeded toward the water. The rabbits went flying in every direction as the elephants stomped around in the water, spraying and playing. The rabbits did not know what to do. The old grandmother rabbit got an idea. She went to the elephant king and told him she was a messenger from the moon, and that the moon was angry at the elephants for messing up the moon's sacred pond. The elephant did not believe it. The rabbit asked the elephant king to follow her to the pond. When they got there, she pointed to the moon's reflection. The moon was surprised and began to wade into the water to apologize to the moon.

The big body of the elephant made the water rock, and it looked like the moon was excited. The rabbit started screaming that the moon was getting even more upset - "Just look at it jumping!" The elephant king backed out of the pond. He said he was sorry for upsetting the moon, and they would leave in the morning. The rabbits had their pond back!

©2013 Bill Gordh (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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