- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 600 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060080930
- ISBN-13: 978-0060080938
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story of Little Babaji Paperback – June 18, 2002
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Almost a century ago, when Helen Bannerman created the story of Little Black Sambo while traveling on a train to Madras, she never guessed that her simple tale would become a symbol of racism. It was the names she chose for her characters and the simple, crude illustrations that earned the story a place on the trash heap of politically incorrect literature. Underneath the racist veneer, however, is a simple and timeless story. Thank goodness for Fred Marcellino's new version. He saves the tale by changing the names of the characters to Babaji, Mamaji and Papaji. In doing so, he has resurrected a basically honorable tale from a largely undeserved fate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In a starred review, PW said, "Marcellino takes on the task of recasting Bannerman's 1899 Little Black Sambo and obtains winning results. He sets his version in India and his stylish and comparatively spare interpretation captures the childlike whimsy and charm of this long-lived tale." Ages 3-up. (June)
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