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How Elephant Got His Trunk

How Elephant Got His Trunk

told by Peter Chand
Elephants used to have cute little button noses until cheeky monkey interfered!

“He’s a bridge between two cultures and two generations. With his cheeky smile, rich voice and wry humor, I was spellbound.”
Kim Normanton producer, Loftus Productions, for BBC Radio 4.

Buy in the App Store  £1.99

Story background

This is a traditional Indian story.  There are many similar types of story around the world; how the camel got his hump, why the cockerel crows, why the sea is salty, and the like. This is also a story of justice and comeuppance and the price the elephant paid for being so conceited and rude to the other animals.  He tells the animals how ugly their noses are, ‘not cute like my little button nose!”  Monkey finally decides to teach the elephant a lesson and we learn how the elephant got his trunk.

About Peter

Peter is one of Europe’s finest storytellers and has entertained audiences all over Britain and further with his tales from the Indian Subcontinent. He has told his stories on BBC Radio Four, BBC Asian Network, and many local radio stations.

For more information or to contact Peter, please visit www.chandstory.com

General information

The opportunity to enjoy stories and play with language is essential for young children. We recommend you watch and re-watch the story. The repetition will help deepen your child’s understanding of the vocabulary, structure, emotional content and drama of the story.


And have fun playing the games in the app!  They will help your child begin to have confidence in mimicking and re-telling parts or all of a story in their own creative way. Teachers designed all of the games with some key points in mind -

  • to help children understand the structure of the story
  •  to help them listen carefully to short, detailed parts of the story
  • to repeat and record themselves
  •  to share their recorded version of the story

It has been known for a long time that successful reading and writing depend on the child being able to speak and listen well first – this app offers the perfect opportunity to practice both!  Independent research shows that our stories, told and filmed in this way, help build images in your child’s mind directly from the spoken word. This inner world will later become the ‘reading voice’ and the building blocks for creative writing.

So listening to and playing with stories in this way is like having the most enjoyable imagination training possible!  And it has been proven that a child’s knowledge of story was the key indicator in their academic success.

Enjoy the stories together and instill in them a love of language and diverse cultural appreciation that will last a lifetime.