Little Black Sambo (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
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I don't…moreBefore I give my opinions on these, I should point out that I am white and do not have children. So take my opinions with a grain of salt.
I don't think 21st century Black children would consider it offensive, mostly because the idea of "Sambo" is so antiquated. Their parents, however, knowing a little bit more about Black history might have more issues with it. I don't remember Sambo portrayed as a buffoon, but more as a clever kid. I think the central idea of the book is "clever ideas can come from unlikely people" which is racist in the sense that it begins with the supposition that a Black child would be unintelligent.
It's certainly not a hateful racism, written with the intent to disparage Blacks, but it does still seem to come from a place of ignorance.(less)
When you work with language, you soon learn to be sceptical about apparently obvious explanations for where words come from. I was reminded of this fact earlier today. In the shower, I had what I fondly believed to be a minor eureka moment concerning the origin of the word "metrosexual". We'd been watching episodes from Series 1 of Sex and the City (by the way, these are infinitely better than the recent movie). Now "metrosexual" is clearly a combination of ...more
I absolutely loved this story as a small child, and to me it was about a boy who created a wonderful outcome for himself and who was the hero of the story. He’s intelligent, capable, creative, and very clever, and those pancakes were enticing and enviable.
It’s been close to 50 years since I had this story read to me or read it myself. As a 2 to 4 or 5 or 6 year old (1955-1959) I was not aware of any objectionable con ...more
This is the updated and more PC version of Little Black Sambo, which I also had to read for my class. I loved the illustrations in this version and I really don't think Bannerman was attempting to be as blatantly racist as it seems, but now after our class discussion, that's all I can think about.
In the tale, a boy named Sambo outwits a group of hungry tigers; the little boy has to sacrifice his new red coat and his new blue trousers and his new purple shoes to four tigers, including one who wears his shoes on his ears, but Sambo outwits these predators and returns safely home, where he eats 169 pancakes ...more
This book tries to "correct" the damage done by the American racist version of Little Black Sambo. I learned from the back notes the whole historical aspect and how society (with the help of a lot of people before my time) helped turn a beautiful oral tale into a racial representation of lazy, mixed, African Americans.
I grew up with the knowledge of how racist Little Black Sambo was, and how during my mom/dad's time (60s) we fought against ...more
Not until some years ago in a New Orleans bookstore where it was labled under something like 'racist books for kids' did I ever have an inkling it might offend. Shows just how oblivious I can be.
Like a lot of the other reviewers have said, I thought the little boy was clever and that tigers really could turn into butter if they ran fast. Little kids don't see it as racist. I don't know what happened ...more
What a strange but memorable story this is. And apparently forever lodged in my memory.
I've not read any ...more
-> যদি বরণবাদ বিবেচনায় আনি তাহলে এই বইটার রেটিং নিরঘাত একতারা।
-> যদি মজার গলপটাকে বিবেচনায় রেটিং পাঁচতারা না হয়ে যায় না।
তাই রেটিং অমিমাংসিত।
->বরণবাদকে কেন বিবেচনায় আনবো?
--->'সামবো'র মত একটি বরনবাদী শবদ এবং বরণবাদী ডরয়িংগুলোকে বিবেচনায় না আনাটা সমভব না। এগুলোর মাঝে বরণবাদ এমবেডেড।
->বরনবাদ কে কেন বিবেচনায় আনবো না?
---> আমি যে ভারসনটি পড়েছি সেখানে সামবো শবদটি এবং বরণবাদী ডরয়িংগুলো উপসথিত থাকলেও সারবিক উপসথাপনায় বা এমবিয়েনসে কোথাও কৃষণকায় জাতিকে খাটো করার চে ...more
The same endearing story (Helen Bannerman's The Story of Little Black Sambo) with the new characters' names and GORGEOUS illustrations!
I was a little worried that the kids might not be up for this book. The story is a little long, and at sev ...more
What makes a book racist? Is it the text or the illustrations? A combination of the two? And does a book once deemed racist have a place in children's fiction in an historical context? Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman is a book that has been called racist, been challenged by thousands, and even inspired the bankruptcy of a series of restaurants called 'Sambo's."
Whether this book in it's original form or any of the updated versions is racist, is up to the individual to decide. However, the b ...more
I liked this story particularly because of the Indian setting, with authentically-named Indian characters and cultural references. There is a note at the end of th ...more
Basically its about a boy named Babaji and his fancy clothing that he gives up to tigers who won't eat him if he does.
All the tigers fight....and become into Ghi (clarified butter that is healthier for you).
I laughed at this book. The book used words like mamaji (mom), Papaji (dad) and Babaji (son) those are not names. The whole ghi part of the story just popped out of nowhere I thought the tigers would just stay stuck by the tree. I als ...more
At first I really enjoyed this book because the first section was about how he outwitted the tigers when they stole his clothes. I wanted to read more about this except ...more
This is an odd story. Originally written in 1899 and with characters that did not have Indian names (and originally titled The Story of Little Black Sambo), but clearly meant to take place in India, it has been re...more
Apparently the do-gooders would have us believe that little black Sambo would make the children racist. Well I'm not. I had a black doll, a gollywog and I loved Little Black Sambo but I don't d ...more