Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo

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Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo
Sam and the Tigers A New Telling of Little Black Sambo.jpg
AuthorJulius Lester
IllustratorJerry Pinkney
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's literature, picture book
Published1996 (Dial Press)
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages32
ISBN9780803720282
OCLC33441135
Jane Byers Bierhorst is credited as the book's typographer

Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo is a 1996 Children's picture book by Julius Lester and illustrator Jerry Pinkney. It is a retelling of the classic story by Helen Bannerman and is about a young boy, Sam, who outwits a group of hungry tigers.

Reception[edit]

BookList in a review of Sam and the Tigers, wrote "Lester and Pinkney have stripped away the ugly racism and retold the story in a new way. .. Adults will be arguing about this book for months, in print and on the Internet, and Lester's afterword is an excellent place to start the discussion. As for kids, they'll love the book about a child hero who can outwit tigers."[1] School Library Journal wrote "Lester and Pinkney reclaim "Little Black Sambo," the tale of a black child who outwits a pack of bullying tigers, from its negative, racist connotations."[1]

Publishers Weekly gave a starred review and found it "A hip and hilarious retelling that marries the essence of the original with an innovative vision of its own",[2] while the New York Times was critical, writing "Mr. Lester has overloaded the simple structure with much unnecessary baggage." and calling it an "overlong retelling".[3]

Sam and the Tigers has also been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews,[4] The Horn Book Magazine,[5] and the Los Angeles Times[6]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. September 2, 1996. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Children's Books: Meltdowns". New York Times. November 10, 1989. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved January 8, 2017. A sassy retelling of Little Black Sambo
  5. ^ "Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo: Reviews". catalog.wccls.org. Retrieved January 8, 2017. This is a sassy, loose-limbed version of an old favorite
  6. ^ Noriyuki, Duane (September 8, 1996). "New Takes on an Old Story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo". American Library Association. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sam and the Tigers". Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "2016 Phoenix Picture Book Honor Book". Children's Literature Association. Retrieved January 8, 2017. This book is the best kind of audacious.