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Born in Edinburgh in 1863, Helen Bannerman lived in India for thirty years. As a gift for her two little girls, she wrote and illustrated The Story of Little Black Sambo
(1899), a story that clearly takes place in India (with its tigers and "ghi," or melted butter), even though the names she gave her characters belie that setting. For this new edition of Bannerman's much beloved tale, the little boy, his mother, and his father have all been given authentic Indian names: Babaji, Mamaji, and Dadaji. And Fred Marcellino's illustrations'lively and lavish'are unmistakably Indian in every detail. The Story of Little Babaji:
an old favorite is lovingly, memorably transformed.
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So he put on all his Fine Clothes, and went out for a walk in the Jungle. And by and by he met a Tiger. And the Tiger said to him, "Little Babaji, I'm going to eat you up!" And Little Babaji said, "Oh! Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful little Red Coat."
So goes this classic tale of a boy who outwits the proud tigers in the jungle, a story of courage and pancakes. Brought brilliantly to life with Fred Marcellino's high-spirited illustrations, this deluxe paperback edition is every bit as charming as the original hardcover edition. A diminutive book, perfect for little fingers, The Story of Little Babaji is an ideal read-aloud choice for story hour.
As a gift for her two little girls, Helen Bannerman wrote and illustrated The Story of Little Black Sambo (1899), a story that clearly takes place in India, even though the names she gave her characters belie that setting. For this new edition, the little boy, his mother and his father have been given authentic Indian names: Little Babaji, Mamaji, and Papaji, and Caldecott Honor illustrator Fred Marcellino's lively and lavish illustrations are unmistakably Indian in every detail. Full color.
About the Author
Fred Marcellino's picture books include Puss in Boots
, a Caldecott Honor Book; The Steadfast Tin Soldier
, an ALA Booklist
Children's Editors' Choice; and The Pelican Chorus
, one of School Library Journal's
Best Books of the Year.
His most recent books, The Story of Little Babaji and Ouch! are both ALA Notable Children's Books.
Dancing By the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino will open on November 9, 2002 and run through January 26, 2003 at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This is a comprehensive show of more than 150 pieces highlighting his children's book career, and the first museum retrospective honoring the artistic accomplishments of this remarkable artist. For more information visit, The Norman Rockwell Museum website.