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THE STORY OF 

LITTLE 
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THE ONLY AUTHORIZED AMERICAN EDITION 

The Story of 

Little Black Sambo 



BY 
HELEN BANNERMAN 



NEW YORK 

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY 

PUBLISHERS 



PREFACE. 

There is very little 
to say about the story 
of Little Black Sambo. 
Once upon a time there 
was an English lady in 
India, where black 
children abound and ti- 
gers are everyday affairs, 



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who had two little girls, 
To amuse these little 
girls she used now and 
then to invent stories, 
for which, being ex- 
tremely talented, she 
also drew and coloured 
the pictures. Among 
these stories Little Black 
Sambo, which was made 
up on a long railway 
w journey, was the favour- 
r< ite ; and it has been put 

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into a Dumpy Book, and 
the pictures copied as 
exactly as possible, in 
the hope that you will 
like it as much as the 
two little girls did. 



The Story of 
Little Black Sambo. 



The Story of 
Little Black Sambo. 



f~)NCE upon a time 

there was a little 

black boy, and his name 

was Little Black Sambo. 



And his Mother was 
called Black Mumboo 



And his Father was 
called Black Jumbo. 



And Black Mumbo 
made him a beautiful 
little Red Coat, and a 



pair of beautiful little 
Blue Trousers, 



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And Black Jumbo 
went to the Bazaar, and 
bought him a beautiful 
Green Umbrella, and a 
lovely little Pair of Pur- 
ple Shoes with Crimson 
Soles and Crimson 
Linings. 



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And then wasn't Little 

Black Sambo 

grand ? 



So he put on all his 
Fine Clothes, and went 
out for a walk in the 
Jungle. And by and by 
he met a Tiger. And 
the Tiger said to him, 
"Little Black Sambo, 
I'm going to eat you 
up!" And Little Black 
Sambo said, "Oh! 
Please Mr. Tiger, don't 
eat me up, and I'll give 

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you my beautiful little 
Red Coat." So the 
Tiger said, "Very well, 
I won't eat you this 
time, but you must give 
me your beautiful little 
Red Coat." So the 
Tiger got poor Little 
Black Sambo's beautiful 
little Red Coat, and 
went away saying, ' ' N ow 
I'm the grandest Tiger 
in the Jungle." 



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And Little Black 
Sambo went on, and by 
and by he met another 
Tiger, and it said to him, 
''Little Black Sambo, 
I'm going to eat you 
up!" And Little Black 
Sambo said, "Oh! 
Please Mr, Tiger, don't 
eat me up, and I'll give 



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you my beautiful little 
Blue Trousers. " So the 
Tiger said, "Very well, 
I wont' eat you this time, 
but you must give me 
your beautiful little Blue 
Trousers/' So the Ti- 
ger got poor Little Black 
Sambo's beautiful little 
Blue Trousers, and went 
away saying, " Now /'m 
the grandest Tiger in 
the Jungle." 



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And Little Black 
Sambo went on and by 
and by he met another 
Tiger, and it said to him, 
" Little Black Sambo, 
I'm going to eat you 
up!" And Little Black 
Sambo said, "Oh! 
Please Mr. Tiger, don't 
eat me up, and I'll give 
you my beautiful little 
Purple Shoes with 

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Crimson Soles and 
Crimson Linings." 

But the Tiger said, 
"What use would your 
shoes be to me? IVe 
got four feet, and youve 
got only two; you haven't 
got enough shoes for 
me. 



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But Little Black Sam- 
bo said, "You could 
wear them on your 



ears." 



"So I could," said the 
Tiger: "that's a very 
good idea. Give them 
to me, and I won't eat 
you this time." 



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So the Tiger got poor 
Little Black Sambo's 
beautiful little Purple 
Shoes with Crimson 
Soles and Crimson Lin- 
ings, and went away 
saying, "Now I'm the 
grandest Tiger in the 
Jungle." 

And by and by Little 
Black Sambo met an- 
other Tiger, and it said 



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to him, "Little Black 
Sambo, I'm going to eat 
you up!" And Little 
Black Sambo said, "Oh! 
Please Mr. Tiger, don't 
eat me up, and I'll give 
you my beautiful Green 
Umbrella/' But the Ti- 
ger said, "How can I 
carry an umbrella, when 
I need all my paws for 
walking with?" 



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9 "You could tie a knot 
on your tail and carry it 
that way," said Little 
Black Sambo. "So I 
could," said the Tiger. 
"Give it to me, and I 
won't eat you this time." 
So he got poor little 
Black Sambo's beautiful 
Green Umbrella, and 
went away saying, 
" Now I'm the grandest 

Tiger in the Jungle." 

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And poor Little 
Black Sambo went away 
crying, because the cruel 
Tigers had taken all his 
fine clothes. 



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Presently he heard a 
horrible noise that sound- 
ed like "Gr-r-r-r-rrrrrrr," 
and it got louder and 
louder. "Oh! dear! said 
Little Black Sambo, 
"there are all the Tigers 
coming back to eat me 
up! What shall I do?" 
So he ran quickly to a 
palm-tree, and peeped 
round it to see what the 
matter was. 

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And there he saw all 
the Tigers fighting, and 
disputing which of them 
was the grandest. And 
at last they all got so 
angry that they jumped 
up and took off all the 
fine clothes, and began 
to tear each other with 
their claws, and bite each 
other with their great 
big white teeth. 

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And they came, roll- 
ing and tumbling right to 
the foot of the very tree 
where Little Black Sam- 
bo was hiding, but he 
jumped quickly in be- 
hind the umbrella. And 
the Tigers all caught 
hold of each others' tails, 
as they wrangled and 
scrambled, and so they 
found themselves in a 
ring round the tree. 



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Then, when the Ti- 
gers were very wee and 
very far away, Little 
Black Sambo jumped 
up, and called out, "Oh ! 
Tigers! why have you 
taken off all your nice 
clothes? Don't you 
want them any more?" 
But the Tigers only an- 
swered, " Gr-r-rrrrr ! " 



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Then Little Black 
Sambo said, "If you 
want them, say so, or I'll 
take them away." But 
the Tigers would not let 
go of each others' tails, 
and so they could only 
say ' ' Gr-r-r-r-rrrrrrr ! '' 

So Little Black Sam- 
bo put on all his fine 
clothes again and walk- 
ed off. 



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And the Tigers were 
very, very angry, but 
still they would not let 
go of each others' tails. 
And they were so angry, 
that they ran round the 
tree, trying to eat each 
other up, and they ran 
faster and faster, till they 
were whirling round so 
fast that you couldn't see 
their legs at all. 

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And they still ran 
faster and faster and fast- 
er, till they all just melt- 
ed away, and there was 
nothing left but a great 
big pool of melted butter 
(or "ghl," as it is called 
in India) round the foot 
of the tree. 



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Now Black Jumbo 
was just coming home 
from his work, with a 
great big brass pot in his 
arms, and when he saw 
what was left of all the 
Tigers he said, "Oh! 
what lovely melted but- 
ter! I'll take that home 
to Black Mumbo for 
her to cook with." 



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So he put it all into 
the great big brass pot, 
and took it home to 
Black Mumbo to cook 
with. 

When Black Mumbo 
saw the melted butter, 
wasn't she pleased! 
"Now," said she, "we'll 
all have pancakes for 
supper!" 



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So she got flour and 
eggs and milk and sugar 
and butter, and she 
made a huge big plate 
of most lovely pancakes. 
And she fried them in 
the melted butter which 
the Tigers had made, 
and they were just as 
yellow and brown as 
little Tigers. 



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And then they all sat 
down to supper. And 
Black Mumbo ate 
Twenty-seven pancakes, 
and Black Jumbo ate 
Fifty-five, but Little 
Black Sambo ate a 
Hundred and Sixty- 
nine, because he was so 
hungry. 



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