The Story of Little Babaji

The Story of Little Babaji

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 72 pages
  • 171 x 178 x 15.24mm | 295g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0062050648
  • 9780062050649
  • 540,708

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"This story, which might almost have come out of some folklore collection, has about it an effortless perfection which baffles analysis . . . The formula is: extreme simplicity of language, short, cadenced sentences with enough repetition to give the pleasant rhythm little children enjoy, a plot full of mild and funny surprises, considerable suspense, and complete satisfaction at the end. Still, the easy charm of this unaffected, convincing little tale eludes us."-- "May Hill Arbuthnot, Children and Books."
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4,543 ratings
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4 28% (1,253)
3 23% (1,032)
2 6% (282)
1 3% (155)
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