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LIttle Black Sambo - Page 9


nd 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.

Palm Tree

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

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 butter! I'll take that home to Black Mumbo for her to cook with."

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!"

"we'll all have pancakes for supper!

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.

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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nd peeped round it to see what the matter was.

And there he saw all the Tigers fighting and disputing which of them


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.


And they came, rolling and tumbling, right to the foot of the very tree where Little Black Sambo was hiding, but he jumped quickly in behind the umbrella. And the Tigers all caught hold of each others' tails.

right to the foot of the tree where Little Black Sambo was hiding

As they wrangled and scrambled, and so they found themselves in a ring around the tree.

Then, when the Tigers 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?"

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Little Black Sambo jumped up and called out.

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-rrrrrr!"

If you want them, say so.