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Once Upon a Monday: “Hiccups for Elephant”
“Hiccups for Elephant” by James Preller
I’m sure you’ve all been wondering what would happen if an elephant got the hiccups. Well, thanks to James Preller, we now know some very silly things could happen!
All of Elephant’s friends offer their own home remedies for curing poor Elephant’s hiccups, from standing on his head to drinking water very fast to holding his breath to the count of ten. None of them work, until the clever little mouse surprises everyone.
“Hiccups for Elephant” is a terrific little story for music time. First of all, all young children can relate to having hiccups, and they enjoy making a hiccup sound whenever Elephant hiccups, which is often. You can also make up a tune to the phrase “I know a way to make the hiccups stop!” as each animal offers a suggestion. And children love to make the jungle animals’ sounds.
Very simple, relatable, and easy to a turn into an interactive musical experience – I definitely recommend “Hiccups for Elephant.”