DIGITAL TOUR: Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

Sam and the Tigers (1996)

Music Credit:
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Without Narration)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Ondrej Lenard
Album: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (Without Narration)
Composed By: Sergei Prokofiev

Sam and the Tigers is a retelling of Little Black Sambo, a tale written in 1899 by Scottish author Helen Bannerman, who intended it as entertainment for her two young daughters. Popular in its time and beloved by Jerry Pinkney in his youth, the original book is viewed as controversial for its racial stereotypes and for the use of the name Sambo, a negative term for Africans since the early seventeenth century. In this retelling by Julius Lester and the artist, the charming tale of a little boy who uses his wit to triumph over several hungry tigers reclaims and brings to life a classic children’s tale.

He-Pointed-to-an-Umbrella-as-Green-as-a-Satisfied-Mind
He Pointed to an Umbrella as Green as a Satisfied Mind (1996)
Illustration for Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of Little Black Sambo by Julius Lester
Penguin Putnam
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
SamTigers-The-Tiger-Stopped-and-Looked-at-Sam-1996
The Tiger Stopped and Looked at Sam (1996)
Illustration for Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of Little Black Sambo by Julius Lester
Penguin Putnam
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
I-am-the-Finest-Tiger-that-Ever-Was
I am the Finest Tiger that Ever Was (1996)
Illustration for Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of Little Black Sambo by Julius Lester
Penguin Putnam
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
Tiger Turns To Butter
Untitled (1996)
Illustration for Sam and the Tigers: A Retelling of Little Black Sambo by Julius Lester
Penguin Putnam
Watercolor on paper – Collection of the artist
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