Demetrius Sherman

In the review above it says the boy is Indian, but if you open preview you can see this isn't so. Hasn't the wrong version been reviewed? Long ago, I ran into a copy where Sambo is Indian with beautiful Indian mother. The illustrations were a masterpiece. The book shown here is illustrated with coal black kid with coal black parents named Jumbo, Mumbo or something.

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Keith Scholey There are many, many versions of this book (some very very appalling). In the original, the boy is supposed to be Tamil (south Indian - hence the tigers and the ghee) but has a western name (Zambo was originally a term for a person of mixed native-African origins). The author was married to a Raj overlord - to them all 'blacks' (southern Indians can be very dark skinned) were the same. They enjoyed patronising southern Indians - northerners were way too close to Europeans. Little Babaji is indeed a masterpiece.
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