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.”

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