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Epaminondas and His Auntie
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Published December 1st 1986 by Buccaneer Books
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I have this from my childhood. The pictures are what makes it such a politically incorrect book. But the story is right on with children and the way they take things so literally. Rename him JimBob, call Mammy Mommy, redo the art, and you'd see a warm, funny book.
I have this book in my collection for many reasons. It's been censored repeatedly, it's not politically correct, and it's my mother-in-laws favorite memory from her childhood. We have had some truly animated discussions about it and the racism in it escapes her... she just loves the story because her mama told it to her when she rocked her to sleep. It's hard to argue with that memory! And it gave me a new appreciation for the wide variety of stories that people love for a wide variety of reason ...more
I remember this book very well from my childhood. My brother and I thought it was hilarious as well as another book called Amelia Bedelia about a young (white) maid who similarly took instructions literally with disastrous results. Both of these were favorite characters we often talked about. These stories draw on a long folk tradition of numbskull tales that can be found in many parts of the world (such as the Scandinavian Ole and Lena stories on a Prairie Home Companion). The comments about wh ...more
This story is one that I heard variations on from my Mamaw growing up. She would tell this story whenever my brother or I would do something foolish or careless and say that we didn't have the sense God gave us. I was a little surprised by the illustrations, as I always pictured my brother as Epaminondas and Mamaw as Mammy.
This book, though far afield from political correctness, is extremely well written and illustrated. I remember my mom reading it to me, reading it on my own, and reading it to my twin daughters. When I read it today, it provides familiar amusement and warm memories.