“Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”

I first read “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” when my children were little, and now all these years later, it still brings a chuckle or two. The story is written in rhyme with lots of humor by Patricia Thomas, and Wallace Tripp’s artwork is charming. If you can get your hands on a copy of this delightful picture story book, it would be a perfect gift for the young ones in your life.

All of the animals panic when the elephant says he going to sneeze.

“Beware, beware,”

Called the bees to the bear.

“The elephant says he’s going to sneeze.”

“Oh, please,

Not a sneeze,”

“That’s not fair.

I declare,

The last time he sneezed he blew off all my hair,

And left me so bare

I spent the whole winter in long underwear –

I love children’s books, but this is undeniably one of my favorite. I give it 5 stars.

Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze! by Patricia Thomas

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