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The Story of Little Black Quibba Hardcover – January 1, 1990
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Very much in the same vein as Ms Bannerman's other books - and young readers will love it all the more for that - this is the tale of the resourceful Quibba, a little lad whose ill mother will die if she doesn't get twenty mangoes a day. He gets no help from the selfish elephant. And the snake who offers to help has his own dinner in mind ('Ha, ha! Little Black Quibba, now I can eat you safely!' - a similar line occurs in all Ms Bannerman's books, and the children being read to adore it.) A happy resolution ensues of course.
I want to re-iterate what other reviewer said: these are NOT racist books. The chief characters are always brave and intelligent children who overcome the odds. I always omit the word 'black' when reading as it's unneccessary. But the simplicity and excitement of these tales makes them an absolute favourite with young children for reading (over and over!) and for acting out after with toys.
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 Quibba to get beat that greedy elephant, outwit that crafty snake, get those mangoes, and dance with joy with his healed mother. Our whole family could not be more charmed by this delightful world.