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The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
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Oct 03, 08

really liked it

This is one of the earliest stories I remember--and I remember how much I loved it. It was so way cool that this one little kid could get the best of all those mean tigers! And it was so fun to re-read. You knew what was coming but for children, the world can be a scary place. It was great to see the tigers get their comeuppance every time, all through Sambo's cleverness and resourcefulness.

This is the only version I recommend, however, for two reasons. One, it has the most glorious pictures. Two, it has extensive (for a children's book) historical notes on its origin, misuse, and continuing value despite all the negative "stuff" adults have dumped on it.

Recommended ages: 3 to 10
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