Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Story of Little Black Sambo and The Story of Little Black Mingo   By: (1862-1946)

Book cover

In "The Story of Little Black Sambo" and "The Story of Little Black Mingo," Helen Bannerman takes readers on a whimsical adventure filled with intriguing characters and vibrant landscapes. Although these books were written over a century ago and have faced criticism due to racial stereotypes, they also possess elements that showcase the author's creativity and storytelling skills.

Throughout both tales, Bannerman weaves narratives imbued with fantastical elements, drawing readers into a world where animals converse and children journey on incredible escapades. The books' settings - from lush forests to exotic locales - are beautifully described, allowing readers to visualize the vibrant surroundings vividly.

Bannerman's storytelling style is engaging and accessible for young readers, with simple language and a rhythmic flow in the narrative. The dialogue between characters is particularly well-crafted, adding depth and personality to the story. The author's use of repetition further enhances the storytelling, making certain phrases memorable and almost lyrical.

However, it is important to acknowledge the problematic racial stereotypes present in both books. The depiction of Little Black Sambo and Little Black Mingo perpetuates stereotypes about African and African-American people, with characters portrayed as subservient and submissive. These stereotypes have caused controversy and rightfully sparked discussions about the harm they can inflict.

It is crucial to approach these books with careful analysis, understanding the historical context in which they were written. While these narratives were intended for children, it is essential to recognize and educate readers about the harmful stereotypes present, encouraging critical thinking and open dialogue.

In conclusion, "The Story of Little Black Sambo" and "The Story of Little Black Mingo" by Helen Bannerman showcase the author's talent for imaginative storytelling. The vibrant settings, engaging dialogue, and rhythmic narrative style captivate young readers and draw them into a world of adventure. However, it is important to address the racial stereotypes perpetuated in these books, prompting discussions about their impact and fostering critical thinking.

First Page:




By Helen Bannerman


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 tigers are everyday affairs, who had two little girls. To amuse these little girls she used now and then to invent stories, for which, being extremely talented, she also drew and coloured the pictures. Among these stories LITTLE BLACK SAMBO, which was made up on a long railway journey, was the favourite; and it has been put into a DUMPY BOOK, and the pictures copies as exactly as possible, in the hope that you will like it as much as the two little girls did.


Once upon a time there was a little black boy, and his name was Little Black Sambo.

And his mother was called Black Mumbo.

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.

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

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... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books