‘E’ Is for Elephant
An elephant is the largest land mammal. The elephant is indigenous to Africa and Asia. Once classified in the order of pachydermata, the term pachyderm – a very large mammal with thick skin – has become obsolete. Popularized in the ‘30s and ‘40s by the Johnny Weismuller “Tarzan” films, the elephant became the friend of all children with the 1938 publication of the book Dumbo the Flying Elephant co-authored by Helen Aberson-Mayer and her husband Harold Pearl. Their book inspired Walt Disney to make his 1941 film “Dumbo,” and the elephant has been a part of American culture ever since. Lest we forget Dr. Suess’s contribution to the elephant’s renown, remember Horton, the elephant who hatched the egg!
“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know.”