The Story of Little BabajiBook - 1996
A retelling of the well-known tale in which a little Indian boy finally outwits the succession of tigers that want to eat him.
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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A restructuring of the 1899 classic, "The Story of Little Black Sambo," renames its main characters Babaji, Mamaji, and Papaji, and evokes Indian culture in the illustrations