When a little boy named Rajani ventures into the jungle, he runs into several tigers who make him give them his fine new red coat, blue trousers, purple shoes with crimson linings, and even his green umbrella! But Rajani outsmarts the tigers in the end, in this kinder retelling of Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo. New illustrations and non-offensive names and character depictions make this story lovable again.
About the Author
Helen Bannerman (1862-1946) was a Scottish author of children's books. She is best known for her first book, Little Black Sambo. Bannerman was born in Edinburgh. Because women were not admitted into British universities, she sat external examinations set by the University of St. Andrews, attaining the qualification of Lady Literate in Arts (LLA). Bannerman wrote about India. The illustrations and settings of her books demonstrate that the children she writes about are south Indian or Tamil. For instance, Little Black Sambo has ghee, tigers, and bazaar, Story of Little Black Mingo has jungle, mugger (a kind of crocodile), dhobi, and mongoose, Little Black Quasha has bazaar and tigers, and Story of Little Black Quibba has mangoes and elephants.
Valeria Petrone is the illustrator of Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith and many more picture books for preschoolers. Her artwork has been exhibited around the world. She lives in Milan, Italy. Visit her website at www.valeriapetrone.com.