The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling Free Work Page

The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling Free Work Page

The-Elephants-Child-childrens-book-KiplingThe Elephant’s Child

by Rudyard Kipling

The Elephant’s Child is the story of how elephants used to have short noses and how the curiosity of one little elephant changed that forever.

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865, and the link of his name will take you to a map of Kipling’s India.  According to Wikipedia, “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is a 1994 Disney film based on the Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, and is a live-action remake of the 1967 animated film of the same name.”  You have probably heard of the movie!  Rudyard Kipling is considered to be an author of classic children’s literature.  Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature.  His stories as just as good today!

My FREE PDF:  Elephant’s Child work page and answer key PDF



Students will mine the text for correct answers, although teachers may allow answers to vary (if synonyms or correct from reading). These work pages are good partner reading activities where two children work together and turn in a single paper. They are also good for the gifted children in class who are independently reading and working alone and require some extra challenge. They would be good to send home for summer enrichment when parents are interested in providing educational work prior to the return to school in the fall.

Happy reading, Carolyn

The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling Free Work Page

2018-05-20T11:17:54+00:00By |Categories: For Teachers, Free, Literacy, Pre-K thru Grade 2|Tags: , , |

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Ruth Frost 11/28/2012 at 10:09 pm

    This is unbelievably cute! I have been looking for an activity for my daughter, who teaches school, for about 2 hours. I found The Elephant’s Child on, a shortened version of the real story,unbeknownst to me. I kept looking for some kind of activity to go with it. I kept hitting dead ends, until I accidentally came upon the real version, which is magical, to say the least. And here, I have found your site, and this cute activity you have made, and it is free. I am amazed at your kindness and generosity. The kids will love it! I am touched at the quality, and that you are giving it as a gift. Thank you, for the gift, generously given from what must be a heart of love and joy!

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 11/29/2012 at 9:44 am

      Dear Ruth: I’m so glad you wrote! The book is free on that site with other books, I believe. I am in the process of updating my printables with better graphics which is going to take months, but do check back. 95% of what I have online is free, everything on my blog and web site is free, all of it. Thank you so much. I do love teaching and love being able to give away printables! Carolyn

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