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The Story of Little Black Samboby Bannerman
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A remarkable celebration from the Caldecott Honor-winning artist
A clever young boy outwits a band of voracious tigers and returns home in triumph to a splendid feast of a yard-high stack of pancakes. The story, penned by Helen Brodie Bannerman for her two daughters in 1889, has captured the imagination of readers around the world and across many generations. But the pictures which accompanied her text were crudely stereotypical and hurtful to many. Caldecott Honor-winning artist Christopher Bing has spent almost fifteen years rediscovering the joy and energy of the original story. He respects that Bannerman was writing in an Indian setting and with Indian animals-after all, there are no tigers in Africa-and faithfully adheres to the original text. However, recognizing that the image of Sambo has been used as a symbol of repression of Africans and African-Americans, Christopher Bing celebrates Sambo as proudly African, a child of beauty and joy, wit and resourcefulness.
In recreating the illusion of an antique, weathered, tiger-clawed storybook filled with exquisitely detailed paintings that draw upon a lush jungle-inspired palette, Christopher Bing s interpretation of Sambo s world seamlessly melds a grand sense of wonder with the minutiae of nature, and a story with history.
"The Story of Little Black Sambo" offers a new version of this well-known story, now celebrating Sambo's African heritage and illustrated by the Caldecott-winning artist. Full color.
After 15 years of rediscovering the joy and energy of Bannerman's original story, Caldecott Honor-winning artist Bing offers this new version that celebrates Sambo's proud African heritage. Full color.
The Story of Little Black Sambo offers a new version of this well-known story, now celebrating Sambo's African heritage.
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