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Story of Little Black Mingo Hardcover – January 1, 1990
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I've got the 1964 edition which has lovely color print
It's a story about a little orphaned black girl named Little Black Mingo, who is unfortunate enough to lived with a horrid abusive old woman named Black Noggy, who made her do impossible chores. In perfoming one of the chores, she was kidnapped by a mugger (crocodile) and it brought her to a faraway island where her little eggs were. There Little Black Mingo met the Mongoose who drove the mugger mad in rage by eating its eggs. The Mugger tried alot of ways to keep the mongoose away but he failed. It even chased them back to Little Black Mingo's home, but end up blown into bits with Black Noggy. Care to read how that happened personally? ^_~
I suppose the US government and the Census would classify us as a mixed race household, but my children, wife, and I are only reminded of it (and offended by it) when we come across the increasingly rare person who can't get past thinking of people first and foremost as colors, rather than using color only to help in a person's description, as is the case with the characters and narrative in this book.
And our children love it, this is a top pick when they choose a book themselves. We've never had any "black" or "white" questions from any of our kids from reading it, they simply want Mingo to get beat that hungry crocodile, outwit the wicked old woman, and then enjoy a happy new life with her new friend the Mongoose. Our whole family could not be more charmed by this delightful world.