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Fair. 1983. HEAVY COVER WEAR. An acceptable hardcover copy with clean pages. Pages have a slightly musty smell. Cover is lightly smudged, and corners and edges are lightly bumped and rubbed. Small hole in spine where it looks like a pencil maybe puncture it. Cracking on spine. Otherwise, book is good. No dust jacket. Booksavers receives donated books and recycles them in a variety of ways. Proceeds benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the U.S. and around the world.
Love having this book back in my collection of old favorite books. I had it as a child and am a collector of black memorabilia. such as the Cream of Wheat ads that included the blacks.
Mar 25, 2010
I thought I was getting the book I remembered from childhood, but this book is in black and white. The vivid colors are an intrinsic part of the story. I should have been more diligent in tracking down the book I loved as a child. There are color illustrated books out there and I will attempt to track them down.
Dec 7, 2007
Where's The Controversy?
My grandmother had this book when I was little and it was my favorite bedtime story. It was exciting, and as a child, the fact that the lead character is a child that outwits the evil tigers was very empowering. My favorite part was that he was able to have all those pancakes with syrup and butter. I had wonderful dreams of stacks of pancakes dripping with butter and syrup. Which was the breakfast at grandma's house, inspired by the previous night's book. I cannot see why this book could be banned or looked down on. I never felt like it was insulting to African Americans nor did it depict them in an unsavory light. I think it is a wonderful book and have bought it for my boys, who love tigers, adventure and especially, pancakes smothered in butter and syrup.
Oct 12, 2007
When I was in college a professor told us to read "Little Black Sambo" so I read a copy a friend of mine had. It was a story I never thought of reading. I knew it was controversial and did not know what to think.
I really liked it when I read it. Tigers always make excellent villians and here the tigers want Sambo's clothes. Sambo is an intelligent and resourceful child. He manages to save the day all by himself. Most children's book have the child require help by an outside source, but here Sambo has enough brains to out smart a bunch of rather dumb tigers. This is a great book.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-08 In this edition of Bannerman's story, first published in 1899, a long afterword from the publisher spells out its checkered past. But while the text remains nearly precisely the way Bannerman told it, Bing's (Casey at the Bat) light-infused illustrations focus on the heroic boy's courage and ingenuity as he outwits a series of tigers in the forests of India. One of the giant striped foes lurks in the grass on the title page, and the opening spread depicts Black Mumbo and Black Jumbo, the boy's parents, returning from the marketplace among buildings of onion-shaped domes and the ruins of exotic columns. They present him with the "beautiful little Red Coat,... Blue Trousers,... Green Umbrella... and lovely little Pair of Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings"; he will use these to bargain with the threatening tigers, before reclaiming them while the tigers fight to prove who looks grandest in his vestments. Unlike the vain tigers of Marcellino's The Story of Little Babaji or the somewhat simple-minded tigers, as characterized by Jerry Pinkney in Julius Lester's Sam and the Tigers, Bing's villains are ferocious, often towering above Little Black Sambo or tugging at the boy's pants with bared teeth. Still, Little Black Sambo maintains his composure and never seems frightened. The mood here may be more somber than Marcellino's or Lester's versions, but the hero looks triumphant as he walks away in his new outfit, none the worse for his trade. Ages 5-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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