this conversation reminded me that i inherited this from my grandparents when they died. reading back through it, i find it quite a stretch to find anything racist or offensive about it. ok, the characters are pitch black with red lips and big eyes with lots of white. but this is no more of a caricature than any cartoon of anyone of any race. the clothing they wear is typical for people of that time in africa. the story involves tigers and pancakes. where exactly is the problem here. it's a cute story about a kid who has an adventure with a bunch of tigers and eats a lot of pancakes. maybe it is the word black in his name? i just can't find anything derogatory here, and i am pretty sensitive to racism.