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-The Three Little Elephants- (based on “The Three Little Pigs”) Characters Narrator Second Little Elephant Big Bad Mouse Third Little Elephant First Little Elephant James the Butler Narrator: Once upon a time, there were three little elephants who lived with their parents. When the elephants grew old enough, they went out into the world to live on their own. The first little elephant built a small wooden shack. One day, there was a knock at the door. Big Bad Mouse: Knock, knock, knock. First Elephant: Who’s there? Big Bad Mouse (in a tiny voice): It’s the Big Bad Mouse. Open up at once! First Elephant (can’t hear the mouse): Hello? Is anybody out there? 22 Big Bad Mouse (in a tiny voice): Let me in, let me in, let me in. First Elephant (mutters to self): That’s strange. Someone knocked on my door. But whoever it was, they seem to have gone away. Narrator: The Big Bad Mouse was frustrated. So he wrote a note and slipped it under the elephant’s door. It read: Squeak, squeak, squeak. I’m the Big Bad Mouse. I’ll rip up your garden. I’ll tear down your house. I’ll tug on your tail. I’ll pull on your ears. I’m mighty and mean. I’m the worst of your fears. Later that day the elephant found the note. First Elephant (reading the note): A Big Bad Mouse! Oh, no. I’ve never seen a mouse. But it sounds very scary. I imagine that it must be giant, much larger than an elephant. I’ll bet it has big yellow eyes and long sharp teeth. Oh, no! Help! There’s a Big Bad Mouse on the loose! I must run away before it comes back to my house! I must run for my life! Narrator: The elephant ran through the wooden shack, tripping over tables and bumping into chairs. The terrified elephant left through the back door and ran all the way to the second elephant’s house. The second elephant lived in a brick house. It was larger than the first elephant’s wooden shack. It also had a doorbell, which the first elephant rang. Ring, ring! Second Elephant: Hello? Who’s there? First Elephant: It’s me. I am so scared. There’s a mouse on the loose. Can I stay at your house? Please, please! Second Elephant: A mouse! I’ve never seen a mouse. But it sounds very scary. I imagine that a mouse must be gigantic with a long tail and sharp claws. Come inside quickly and lock the door behind you. 23 Narrator: A few minutes passed. The two elephants sat in frightened silence. Suddenly, the doorbell rang. The two elephants looked at each other and their terror grew. Who could it be? First Elephant: I’m not answering it. Second Elephant: Don’t look at me. I’m not answering it either. Narrator: The Big Bad Mouse kept ringing the bell, but no one answered. Finally, he grew frustrated and slipped a note under the door. It read: Squeak, squeak, squeak. I’m the Big Bad Mouse. I’ll rip up your garden. I’ll tear down your house. I’ll tug on your tail. I’ll pull on your ears. I’m mighty and mean. I’m the worst of your fears. Second Elephant (reading note): Oh, no! This is terrifying! Now the Big Bad Mouse has come to my house. First Elephant: Oh, no! What will we do? Where will we go? Second Elephant: There’s a gigantic, frightening, fierce mouse on the loose. Run! We must run for our lives! Narrator: The two terrified elephants stumbled out of the house, tangling up their legs, and tripping over one another. They left through the back door of the house. They didn’t stop running until they arrived at the third elephant’s house. The third elephant lived in an enormous mansion. It had a long driveway and a swimming pool. The two elephants rang the doorbell and James the Butler answered. As soon as he opened the door, they ran past him, shouting and waving their arms wildly. First Elephant (out of breath): Oh, my! Oh, no! It’s horrible! It’s terrifying! Second Elephant (out of breath): Help us! Do something! Call for help! Call the police! Call the army! 24 Third Elephant: Get ahold of yourselves, both of you. Now slow down and tell me what you’re so frightened of. First Elephant and Second Elephant: A mouse! Third Elephant: A mouse?! Why didn’t you say so! I’ve never seen a mouse. But I imagine a mouse would be humongous, larger than this mansion. I think it might have scales and it might breathe fire. Narrator: The three elephants huddled in fear. They remained very still, listening with extreme care. After a few minutes, the doorbell rang. Third Elephant: Don’t answer it, James. James: Why not, Master Elephant? Third Elephant: It’s a mouse, James! A humongous, terrifying, scaly, fire-breathing mouse! James: Don’t be ridiculous. Mice are tiny furry creatures that scurry about and eat seeds and berries.