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This is a perfectly dreadful book! I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 years old when my mother read it to me (probably around 1951), and I remembered it vividly all my life. No one I knew had ever heard of it. A few years ago, on impulse, I googled it and to my surprise, there it was in all its awful, full-color glory. My advice: don't read this to your impressionable young children.
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 Ind ...moreMore about Helen Bannerman...