Other books byHelen Bannerman
The Story of Little Black Sambo
The jolly and exciting tale of the little boy who lost his red coat and his blue trousers and his purple shoes but who was saved from the tigers to eat 169 pancakes for his supper, has been universally loved by generations of children. First written in 1899, the story has become a childhood classic and the authorized American edition with the original drawings by the author has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Little Black Sambo is a book that speaks the common language of all nations, and has added more to the joy of little children than perhaps any other story. They love to hear it again and again; to read it to themselves; to act it out in their play.
Little Black Sambo (illustrated)
This work has been considered very politically incorrect for the last half century or so, because of the use of language that many consider racist and the illustrations that many believe are based on racist stereotypes. There are modern versions of this book that are available that edit out the language that many consider racist and that use newer illustrations that are more politically correct. This work is not one of those. This work is the original 1899 work with its original illustrations. This is a classic children's tale and it should be read as such.
The Story of Little Babaji
Helen Bannerman, who was born in Edinburgh in 1863, lived in India for thirty years. As a gift for her two little girls, she wrote and illustrated The Story of Little Black Sambo (1899), a story that clearly takes place in India (with its tigers and "ghi," or melted butter), even though the names she gave her characters belie that setting. For this new edition of Bannerman's much beloved tale, the little boy, his mother, and his father have all been give authentic Indian names: Babaji, Mamaji, and Papaji. And Fred Marcellino's high-spirited illustrations lovingly, memorably transform this old favorite. He gives a classic story new life.
The Story of Little Black Mingo