The Boy and the Tigers
When a little boy named Rajani ventures into the jungle, he runs into several tigers who make him give them his fine new red coat, blue trousers, purple shoes with crimson linings, and even his green umbrella! But Rajani outsmarts the tigers in the end, in this kinder retelling of Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo. New illustrations and non-offensive names and character...more
ebook, 24 pages
Published April 24th 2013 by Golden Books
(first published January 2004)
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"Once upon a time there was a little boy, and his name was Little Rajani. And his mother was called Ramita. And his father was called Kapaali." Except for the names Bannerman's charming folktale like text remains unchanged. Also gone are her stereotypical caricatures, leaving a cheerful and reassuring children's story set in India.
Jul 25, 2009 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Helen Bannerman, an Englishwoman who lived in India for thirty years, made up "The Story of Little Black Sambo" for her two daughters on a long train ride in 1899. For this edition of Bannerman's story, the little boy and his parents have been given new names.
Apr 14, 2009 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is a 'PC' remake of Little Black Sambo. My brother bought it for me since our paternal grandmother used to read me the original. It is a fun nostalgic read if you are familiar with the original, and also fun to look through them side by side.
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...