Helen Bannerman





Helen Bannerman

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born
in Edinburgh, Scotland, The United Kingdom
February 25, 1862

died
October 13, 1946

gender
female

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Helen Bannerman (born Brodie Cowan Watson) was the Scottish author of a number of children's books, the most famous being Little Black Sambo. She was born in Edinburgh and, because women were not admitted as students into British Universities, she sat external examinations set by the University of St. Andrews and attained the qualification of LLA. She lived for a good proportion of her life in India, where her husband was an officer in the Indian Medical Service.

The heroes of many of her books are recognizably south Indian or Tamil children from the illustrations. However, despite the plots having no really racist overtones and usually celebrating the intelligence and ingenuity of the children, the name Sambo has become a slur against peopl...more


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The Story of Little Black S...
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Story of Little Babaji
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The Boy and the Tigers
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2004 — 4 editions
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The Story of Little Black S...
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1955
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The Story of Little Black M...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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The Story of Little Black S...
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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The Story of Little Black M...
3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1960 — 9 editions
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Little Brave Sambo
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1971
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Little Black Sambo
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Little Black Sambo (Annotated)
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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