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Posted February 10, 2009
Little Black Sambo has actually been a favorite of mine since I was a child, I am now 54 years old. i remember begging my Mother to read it over and over again. For awhile the book was out of publication, as I had searched for it for years. On a whim recently I looked it up...and there it was, so I bought it as a Christmas gift to myself to share with a grandchild.<BR/>I can rememeber laughing as my Mother read the book, then waiting in anticipation to see what would happen next. this book has many moments of humor, yet such an air of mystery just waiting to see what will happen next betwween the Tiger and Little Black Sambo. I think each moment of the book is just so alive and adventourous. It takes you into the jungle, it shares the little cons between theTiger and Little Black Sambo (you are just waiting for the outcome), and then the FINAL END to the story..WOW what an ending...it is truly not what a child would ever expect.<BR/>This book still to this day is one of my favorites to read, I still love waiting for the end to draw nearer and nearer, I feel myself getting anxious even though I know the outcome. There truly is a lesson to learn in this book if you just listen closely.
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Posted May 24, 2013
Little Black Sambo, by Helen Bannerman, is what every good children's book should be--an unforgettable, engaging, multi-level story, memorable characters, and delightful illustrations. It is a vivid tale told in simple enough phrases that are repeated throughout the story. The vocabulary is excellent--not dumbed down--and the visual imagery created, along with the charming illustrations, create lifelong memories. What child won't remember how clever Little Black Sambo outsmarted the proud tigers especially with his "little Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings," and his "beautiful Green Umbrella.?" I remember those descriptions from when my grandmother read the story to me 45 years ago! And who can forget how many pancakes he eats at end? I recently read this to my 2 year-old granddaughter, and we talked about the story the rest of the day! She loved it! The funny thing was that after all these years, and after having even read it to my sons many times, I suddenly realized that instead of the Tigers eating Little Black Sambo, he ate Them! I had to laugh!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2007
My mom used to always read this to me. I loved it every time, how the tigers ran around and around and around that tree. It made me happy--will make any child happy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2005
As a child I remember this book and always wanted to read it again. It has been many years since I've seen a copy. It was a great story and it always remain with me from the first time I read it. I have always wanted a copy for my daughter who is now 25. I will be giving a copy to her as well as my 3 year old grandson,nephews and neices for Christmas. I'm sure they will enjoy it. Thanks for making it available again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2004
This was one of my favorite children's stories growing up. I never construed or applied any negative thoughts to the story as presented in the original story based on the illistrations of Helen Bannerman. Why do people have to condemn Mrs. Bannerman's illustrations of 100+ years ago with the 'Political Correct' ones of today? We should celebrate the story for what it is, that of a black boy (Yes, I said boy, (that's what I call all male children regardless of race), who used craftiness and ingenuity to overcome a desperate and dangerous situation and protect his family in the process. P.S. I want my language back, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2000
Giving your greatest gifts away... even under compulsion... will many times lead to greater 'gifts' in return. Learning this valuable lesson through the experiences of Sambo will teach both young and old through a new lens. Overblown 'Black' references - ignore them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.