Vintage 1941 LITTLE BLACK SAMBO CHILDREN BOOK Americana Picture
Book Illustrated Narrative Classic
An original 1941 Listen Book from
Music You Enjoy of New York, NY.
For your consideration, we present
the children's classic Little Black Sambo, based on the original
book by Helen Bannerman in 1899.
The Story of Little Black Sambo is
a children's book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman,
and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one
in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for
Sambo originally was a South Indian
boy who encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colorful
new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The
tigers chase each other around a tree until they are reduced
to a pool of melted butter.
Sambo then recovers his clothes and
his mother makes pancakes of the butter. The story was a children's
favorite for half a century until the word sambo was deemed
a racial slur in some countries, and the illustrations considered
derogatory. Both text and illustrations have undergone considerable
The book itself is 7 1/2 inches square
and has 16 full color pages. Weight is 5 ounces.
The book itself is in good condition.
The saddle stitching has come out of the upper part of the book,
although all the pages are still attached and accounted for.
Otherwise, the pages are free from rips and tears. The record
that originally came with the publication has since been broken,
but this does not affect the children's book itself.
Free and clear of major defects, this
book would make a welcome addition to anyone's vintage collection.
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