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Little Black Sambo

Written by Helen Bannerman and illustrated by Florence White Williams
Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
$6.99
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Target Age
32
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Publisher Summary

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. The story was a children’s favorite for half a century until the word sambo was deemed a racial slur in some countries and the illustrations considered reminiscent of “darky iconography.” Both text and illustrations have undergone considerable revision since. Sambo is a South Indian boy who lives with his father and mother, named Black Jumbo and Black Mambo, respectively. Sambo encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers are vain and each thinks he is better dressed than the others. They chase each other around a tree until they are reduced to a pool of melted butter. Sambo then recovers his clothes and his mother, Black Mambo, makes pancakes out of the butter.

What Kind of Book is Little Black Sambo

Themes:
tigers

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Who Wrote Little Black Sambo

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Florence White Williams

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
1492240176
ISBN 13:
9781492240174
Publication Date:
August 25, 2013