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If you haven't already read Tikki Tikki Tembo, you've probably heard at least someone recite the deliriously long name of its protagonist: Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo, by now a famous refrain in most nursery schools. In this beautiful edition--complete with line and wash illustrations by artist Blair Lent--Arlene Mosel retells an old Chinese folktale about how the people of China came to give their children short names after traditionally giving their "first and honored" sons grand, long names. Tikki tikki tembo (which means "the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world") and his brother Chang (which means "little or nothing") get into trouble with a well, are saved by the Old Man with the Ladder, and change history while they're at it. Tikki Tikki Tembo is a perfect book to read aloud, but don't be surprised if you find yourself joining the ranks of its chanting followers. (Picture book)
In this folktale, help is slow in coming when a Chinese boy falls into a well, since the boy's long and difficult name must be pronounced in full. Beautifully expressive drawings enhance the book's Oriental feel. Ages 4-7.
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So yeah, the book is racist and to be honest, that wouldn't bother me so much if it wasn't a children's book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michael
I liked the book because it was fun to read. I liked the long name but I learned not to give a child a long name. Read morePublished 15 days ago by lrmorales
Great book with a great name and so fun to read. Once you get the name down it's a joy to reach for time and again.Published 23 days ago by Mara
I remember my Mom reading this to me as a child. I related to the older brother with the really long name because our last name had 16 letters in it! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ashley
I read this book to my kids when they were small; read it so many times that Tikki's full name (55 letters long) is permanently imprinted on my cortex. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Paul