But Rolly didn't grumble.
Instead, Rolly did something no one had ever seen him do. Rolly rolled up to Jake and grinned, a great big, double-toothed grin.
Rolly explained that a rumble is how a walrus says hello. And by that logic, a grumble means good bye. And rolling is our way of asking, "wanna play?"
Jake was surprised. All the elves were afraid of Rolly. But he just wanted to be friends.
"I need to learn your words, Rolly. Will you teach me?," Jake asked.
"Will it take long to learn?" Jake asked.
Roll flapped his tail. "This means "no." Rolly said, showing Jake how it's done.
But Jake didn't play along. Instead he looked very worried. "Elves don't have tails," Jake said.
Rolly thought for a moment. Then he had an idea.
"You don't have a tail, but you do have feet," Rolly roared!
Rolly flapped his tail… flap, flap, flap! Jake tapped his foot… tap tap tap! Flap. Tap. Flap. Tap. Flap. Tap.
"Look at me. I can talk like a walrus," Jake roared!
Rolly and Jake clapped and flapped and tapped and rumbled and rolled all the way to shore.
When they landed, Jake had one more question.
"Rolly, how do walruses say "friend?"
Rolly grinned a great big, double-tooth grin, put his flipper around Jake and gave him a hug.
Jake hugged back. "Oh, good. That's how I say "friend" too."
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So let's play a language game today…
Making up your own secret words is a great way to help little ones listen for and understand the nuances of language. So, for the rest of the day (or as long as your child wants to play) ask him to teach you how to speak Walrus Words. Start with the words Jake learned in the story. Then hop over to our Facebook page for more Walrus Words from our "Wiki-Walrus."
HUG = FRIEND