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Helen Bannerman (1862–1946)

Autor/a de Little Black Sambo

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Obres de Helen Bannerman

Little Black Sambo (1899) 1,085 exemplars
The Story of Little Babaji (1996) — Autor — 586 exemplars
The Story of Little Black Mingo (1960) 19 exemplars
Little Black Sambo (1959) 8 exemplars
All About Little Black Sambo. (1917) 4 exemplars
Book Trails for Baby Feet (1946) 3 exemplars

Obres associades

The Gunniwolf and Other Merry Tales (1936) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars


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As a child, I loved this story. I admired the boy at the centre of the story. He had huge courage in the face of great danger. He was clever and outwitted his assailants. He was well loved by his mother and father. He was proud of his beautiful clothes and shoes. I wanted a pair of crimson soled shoes so much. Best of all he got to eat as many pancakes as he liked.

I wanted to be brave and clever, just like "Little Black Sambo".

When I became a parent, I wanted to share the joy of this story with my children but it had become difficult to procure. When I did find a copy, I spoke about the changes in language that reflected the changes in societal expectations. I was able to explain why the names of the characters are insulting and unacceptable by today's standards. The book became an historical teaching tool.

Sometimes in reading the story, I add my own embellishments. My children have loved it too.

I have read a few attempts to modernise the story but they do not capture the wonder of the character in the original work.

I still love this story and still read it to children of all ages.
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CeciliaClark | Hi ha 40 ressenyes més | Sep 12, 2023 |
A nice retelling of Little Black S*mbo which has been adapted so as to not use racial slurs and racist depictions.

Fun fact, when I worked as an Amazon Prime/Whole Foods shopper our orders were assigned four or five character words which were generated by some Amazon algorithm. On at least two occasions the order ticket machine spat out "s*mbo" for an order name (which would be plastered on every grocery bag in that order.) A coworker reported it to WF management but of course they had no control over the device/word bank and I assume it's still spittin' out occasional slurs to this day. And this is why, yes, computers can be biased and racist and reflect whatever other social blind spots we allow to persist.… (més)
bmanglass | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 31, 2023 |
Well dodgy. It's not surprising people grew up to be racist readers of the Daily Mail if they had this read to them as a child.
pete_rowanbank | Jul 7, 2023 |
I always thought this was a wonderful book because it showed how smart the little boy was in the end
drmom62 | Hi ha 40 ressenyes més | Apr 21, 2023 |



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