- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (March 15, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805006621
- ISBN-13: 978-0805006629
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (654 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tikki Tikki Tembo Hardcover – March 15, 1968
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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)
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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.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So,the boys are monkeying around and Clueless Playmate falls into the well. Golden Boy runs to his mother and they get a ladder-wielding-tree-napping-old-man to save him named “Old Man With The Ladder.” He pumps the boy’s leg like a water pump to revive him which must be some sort of olden time CPR.
Of course the little boys are monkeying around in the bathtub AGAIN, I mean near the well, despite the close brush with death and this time Golden Boy falls into the well. His brother runs for help and after repeating John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt four or five times, almost passes out from exhaustion, leaving his evil mother childless. Fortunately, Old Man With The Ladder comes to his senses and rescues Golden Boy with the same water pump CPR procedure.
And the story concludes that this is why Chinese families name their kids little, short names.
Families can talk about: How would you feel if your name meant Little or Nothing? Do you know what your name means? Why is the mom so mean and dismissive of the younger brother? Why don’t the little boys mind their mother? Do you mind your mother? How confident are you about that answer? What is your game plan if you fall into a well or deep water? What should you do? And if you see your brother fall in? Why do you think swimming lessons are important? Which is more fun to say: Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo or John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt?
The book has actually created controversy among historians because while the book tells a Chinese folktale, the illustrations appear Japanese. There are also similar myths floating around Japan, so it's unclear on where the story actually came from. The author first heard the story as a young child and this is her retelling of it.
The book is set in ancient China and starts out by explaining a tradition where the eldest soon receives an honorable, and therefore long, name and the other children were given short and meaningless names. You must say the elder children's name in full, you cannot use nicknames or abreviations. Chang (meaning little or nothing) the younger brother, falls into a well and his older brother is able to quickly explain what is happening to his mother and an Old man with his Ladder what has happened. They are able to rescue him and he was good as new. However, when the older brother Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo (meaning the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world) fell into the well , Chang was not able to get help fast enough because he kept having to say and repeat the name without being able to abbreviate. Finally, they get the older brother out of the well but he is never the same, which is why the Chinese give all children short names.
I would recommend this as cultural exposure to any young child. They are able to contemplate the Chinese names they've heard, as well as see some Oriental design. I think the book can be easily understood and the name is fun to chant, so it also makes for an entertaining read.