Too Little

Teensy was the littlest elephant of all.
Teensy was the littlest elephant of all.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Elephants are big, but Teensy was small. She was the smallest of them all.

Teensy tried everything she could think of to help herself grow. She stretched. She ate a lot. Nothing seemed to work.

One day was extra rough. Teensy wanted to go swimming in the lake. But Teensy's mother said she was too little to swim by herself.

"Little, little, little …," Teensy muttered.

Later, Teensy went with the herd to have lunch. They stopped in a small clearing and began to munch on the leaves of some bright green trees. Teensy tried and tried, but she couldn't reach the branches. Not even the low ones.

"I am too little to do ANYTHING!" cried a very frustrated Teensy.

At the end of the day, Teensy was with the rest of the herd watching the sunset. But Teensy couldn't see very much, even if she stood on her tiptoes -- she was stuck in the back.

"Excuse me, excuse me," said Teensy politely. "I'd like to see more than your knees, if you please."

But the elephants didn't hear little Teensy. They were too busy admiring the sunset's beautiful colors.

"Look, Teensy!" said her aunt. "Isn't it a lovely sunset? All bright golden yellow."

"Is it really?" replied Teensy sadly. Yellow was Teensy's very favorite color.

Teensy sat down and waited patiently for the rest of the herd to finish admiring the sunset. She knew she was too little to wander off by herself, so she sat and imagined what the sunset must look like.

"Oh,I bet it is too pretty for words!" she sighed.

The next day Teensy was very sad. She walked to the middle of a grassy field and sat down with a thud.

Teensy meets a new friend in the field.
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"Oh, woe is me," she said.

Suddenly, Teensy heard a tiny voice. "What is woe?" the voice squeaked. Teensy looked down at the grass and saw an itsy, bitsy mouse.

"Woe means sad," said Teensy. She told the mouse about being too small to reach the tree branches and seeing only elephant knees instead of the sunset. "I'm just too little," she said.

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