Story of Little Babajiby Helen Bannerman, Fred Marcellino
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/i>… See more details below
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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Meet 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.
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My kids and I really enjoyed this story. It surprisingly has become a favorite.
Wonderful revised version of the story of Little Black Sambo, Beautifully illustrated.There are quite a few versions of Little Black Sambo in print ,this one is by far the best.
I fondly remember the book "Little Black Sambo" from my childhood. Often when my three and six year old sons would run around in circles, I warned them that they would turn into butter. I was delighted to find this book on the library shelf. I have read this story to them every night for two weeks, and they savor every word of it. The illustrations are gorgeous. The humor comes out in the potrayal of the tigers. The language is soothing, simple, and repetitive. Perfect for emerging readers. I pause and let my children fill in the words. I highly recommend this book. It's a classic.