"The Story of Little Black
Sambo" is a children's book by Helen
Bannerman, a Scottish author who wrote a number of
children's books. She lived for a good proportion
of her life in India, where her husband was an
officer in the Indian Medical Service.
Set in a fairy tale India, "Little Black Sambo" tells
the story of a little boy who has to sacrifice to
tigers his new red coat and his new blue trousers
and his new purple shoes- which the tiger wears on
his ears- but he outwits the predators in his
world, to return safely home and eat 169 pancakes
for his supper.
"Little Black Sambo", from the
cover of the 1899 edition by Helen Bannerman