Tikki Tikki Tembo

Tikki Tikki Tembo


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Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-

chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!

Three decades and more than one million copies later children still love hearing about the boy with the long name who fell down the well. Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent's classic re-creation of an ancient Chinese folktale has hooked legions of children, teachers, and parents, who return, generation after generation, to learn about the danger of having such an honorable name as Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.

Tikki Tikki Tembo is the winner of the 1968 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312367480
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/17/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 21,661
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Arlene Mosel (1921-1996)’s debut children’s book, Tikki Tikki Tembo, was an American Library Association Notable Book and won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. In 1997, The New York Times named it one of the best 50 children's books of the previous 50 years. Mosel also wrote The Funny Little Woman, an Honor Book for the Hans Christian Andersen International Children's Book Awards.

Blair Lent (1930-2009) received the Caldecott Medal for The Funny Little Woman, and three Caldecott Honors. He is the illustrator of Ms. Mosel's Tikki Tikki Tembo, a bestseller since its publication in 1968, and Bruce Goldstone's The Beastly Feast.

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Tikki Tikki Tembo (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
bedesheart More than 1 year ago
I bought the original Tikki Tikki Tembo almost 35 years ago. At that time my daughter was about 5 years old. We read the book so many times that it almost fell apart. If I am not mistaken it had an award symbol on the cover but of course over the passage of time I cannot remember the source. She never forgot the story or the full name of Tikki Tikki Tembo. Forgive me if this is incorrect but I believe his entire first name was: Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sa Rembo Sari Bari Ruchi Pip Peri Pembo. After reading the book for about 3 days my grand daughter of 4 called me and recited his whole name with much excitement and told me the story. I am so happy I found this book through Barnes and Noble. Her little sister of 2 is now trying to say his name. I thinks this story will be passed down to another generation. I just wish I still had the original hardback. Thank You!
GrammiePoet More than 1 year ago
This story - while probably not an authentic Chinese folk tale - has been around a long time. I was read the story in school in the 1950s; I read it to my children in the 1970s; and I recently purchased a copy for my grandson. The story depends on the repetition of an improbably complicated name: Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sa Rembo Chari Bari Ruchi Pip Peri Pembo! By teh end of the first reading, my not-quite-three-year-old grandson had nearly memorized it, and after the second reading the next evening, he had it down pat. Since memorization is a foundational skill, this book is a fun one to use. The story is fun, and involves two little boys who disobey their mother - not once, but twice - each time with disastrous consequences. This does provide an opportunity to discuss rules and why parents make them! On the other hand, most children will immediately get that this is a nonsense story and not need the heavy-handed lesson!
LadyTory More than 1 year ago
My son is six years old and absolutely loves this book. And I am ever grateful for the wonderful narration by Marcia Gay Harden, who says Tikki Tikki Tembo's full name over and over and over again so I don't have to! The background music that accompanies the Read To Me feature is also lovely and really adds to the listening experience for kids and parents. I highly recommend this Nook book.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is the first born son, with a younger brother, in ancient China. His mother warns him and his brother not to fall into the well. But one day...the younger brother, Chang, falls in. Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo runs to tell his mother who tells him to go see the Old Man with the Ladder who then runs to save Chang. But several months later Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo falls into the well. As little Chang is trying to tell his mother, and then the Old Man with the Ladder, time is running out because it takes too much time to get their attention with such a long name! Finally Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is fetched from the well but such a long time passed that it takes a long time to get well. Ever since that day Chinese citizens name their children short names in case of danger.A nice folktale that really shows a different culture. Children love the name "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo " and it is a great read-aloud for most grades PK-5. My school is even doing the stage version of this for the 2nd grade play.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book stays in print due to the nostalgia factor - that's why I picked it up in the first place. The illustrations are really lovely - beautiful line and wash illustrations with a limited color palette (but not as annoying as most other older limited color palette titles are). The illustrations contain apparently a mishmash of Japanese and Chinese cultural signifiers - uh, oh. The story is ostensibly based on a Chinese folktale, but it teaches incorrectly that the name Chang means "little, or nothing." Also, I don't think Tikki Tikki Tembo etc. etc. is an actual Chinese name, lolol. dChildren today are far better served by more authentic Chinese folktale retellings; this book has its place in the annals of picture book history, however. And saying the name outload is never not fun!
juliehrbacek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the Chinese folktale, the first-born son of the family is honored by being given a very long name. His brother, the second son is hardly given any consideration at all. The two misbehave twice and the first incident ends happily, but the following one ends tragically, with the first son nearly drowning because his name was so long that the second son can barely summons help for him. There is no "moral" to this story because the only thing that the Chinese learned from this story is that they should shorten the names of all of their children. The difference in the Chinese culture where one child is overtly favored and the American culture where all children are (hopefully) equally loved is obvious. The story is more interesting as a read-aloud book because of the unusual name and its repetition.When I bought this book, I knew I had heard it read before, probably in elementary school. I was sure that it was a very old story and one that was a "classic" so I thought I would like it. Instead, I found it disturbing. The difference between our cultures has made me think this treatment is unfair, but in China it is completely normal and a part of the way they have lived for generations.As a classroom extension, this book could be read to study the culture of China along with a social studies lesson with the students comparing and contrasting the two. It could be studied as a part of a multi-cultural lesson in almost any subject. A good time to introduce the book might be during the Chinese New Year.
vnwender on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an old Chinese folktale retold by Arlene Mosel. Itis about how Chines name their kids. The first born is supposed to have a very long honorable nam Tikki Tikki Tembo-no-sa rembo-chari bari ruche pip peri pembo. Tikki tikki Tembo gets stuck in a well and it took them a long time to get him out because his name is so long. When Chang fell in it was easy to relay the message and get help. This book is a great read aloud and it is also fun for younger grades.
jakdomin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great example of a fun folk tale! It shows the culture of China, with the oldest son being the more respected and loved, yet because of his high honor and ridiculously long name, it puts him in a life threatening situation. The story ends with the tale that because of this situation the Chinese made sure to name their children short names to be safer in such circumstances.
geoffman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tikki Tikki Tembo is a peculiar Chinese folktale retold by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent. It is the story of a boy with an unusually long name, Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruche pip peri pembo and his younger brother Chang. In China it is customary to give their first born children long and honourable names, but the second sons were hardly given any name at all. Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruche pip peri pembo¿s great and proud name becomes his burden when he is trapped in a well, leaving his brother Chang to frantically rush around the village seeking help. This is fun tale to read to children. My nephew really got a kick out of hearing the repetition of the boy¿s awkwardly long name. I appreciated the simple and delicate water colour illustrations that were reminiscent of traditional Chinese water colorings.
tmarks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In China the first born son is giving a long elaborate name, but what happens if he fell into a well and needed someone to come quick! A story of a younger sons race to help his brother.
stevekep32 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great insight into Chinese culture in the form of a folk tale. The illustrations are very stylized and interesting to look at.
EricaD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adorable book with a good ending.
fatlamb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have noticed that with many of these folktales, how the stories can be a bit dark and evil but with a happy ending. The only mention of the original source for this tale is on the jacket sleeve that this is a re-creation of an ancient Chinese folktale. The illustrations are creative, neat, and fun but I believe the illustrations are a bit too exaggerating of Chinese traditions. The illustrations do complement the story very well and help tell the story. The story tells us in ancient times long names were an honor and given to the first sons, while the second sons received short names. The oldest son falls into a water well, due to the length of his name it takes a long time for help to arrive...and from that day on the Chinese have always thought it was wise to give all their children little, short names instead of great long names. The story does represent the culture norms...what is a bit disturbing is how sons are looked at from their parents (first sons more honored and prestigious than the younger sons). I believe this book is fun and has a good story but it bothers me a bit with the value placed on certain sons. Ages 5 years and older.
shillson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tikki Tikki Tembo is an ancient Chinese folktale. It is the story of two brothers with very different names. The second son is named Chang, which means "little or nothing." The first and honored son is called Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo, which means "the most wonderful thing in the whole wild world." Even though the boys have been warned by their mother not to play near the well, the boys do not mind their mothers instructions and Chang falls into the well. Tikki tikki tembo runs to his mother's aid where he tells her what had happened. At first the mother doesn't hear him and tells him, "The water roars, 'Little Blossom,' I can not hear you." The first son repeats the condition of the brother and the mother instructs him to go tell the Old Man With The Ladder. The old man rescues Chang from the well and all is well until Tikki tikki tembo falls into the well on another occasion. When Chang goes to tell his mother, she responds again by saying, "The water roars, 'Little One, I cannot hear you." But because Tikki tikki tembo's name is so long the mother is unable to understand her child. After repeating Tikki tikki tembo's name several times his mother is finally able to understand him and tells him to tell the Old Man With The Ladder. Chang runs to the old man and tells him of his brother's condition, but this time the old man doesn't understand the boy and Chang has to repeat himself again. By the time the old man rescues Tikki tikki tembo more time has passed than when Chang had fallen down the well. Because his name was so long and he had been under water for so long it takes him a long time to recover. As the story goes this is the reason the Chinese have thought it wise to give children short names. Tikki Tikki Tembo is a fun folktale for children in grades K-3. It has a simple plot and is told in a direct manner. The language is lively and engaging, especially little Tikki tikki tembo's name, and is in keeping with the oral tradition. The illustrations are not that of typical Asian art and I can see some people being offended by the dramatic slant of the Chinese character's eyes. I found the illustrations to be simple and appealing and added to the funny story.
jaykay2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary of book:Tikki Tikki Tembo is a book about brothers who have distinctive names. The first child was named Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo. His name was so long because it was a tradition for the first child to have a long honorable name. The second child was named Chang which meant "little or nothing". Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo was the mothers favorite child. Well the boys were playing near a well one day when Chang fell in. Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo ran to get help and Chang was back to normal very soon. The boys went back to the well a few days later when Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo fell in. Chang went to get help and was being sent around to many people to get help. Chang kept having to repeat the long name over and over. When Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo was finally pulled out of the well, he was never the same again.Personal reaction: I enjoy reading this book because Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo is such a fun name to say with the children. It also proves the underdog (which would be Chang) coming up on top in the end. Extension Ideas:When reading the story, I would ask the children to say Tikki tikki tembo- no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi- pip pero pembo every time his name comes up so the story can be interactive. I would have the children come up with their own long honorable name and create their own family with two children, one having a long name and one with a short. Also, have them create their own story with the same concept.Grades 1-10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my search to find some books to read to my baby, I thought of some of the books that I loved when I was a child. This is one of those books that just happens to be very unforgettable. I first heard this story when I was 6 years old and have loved it ever since. Now I can pass the story down to my children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My boys loved this book. I told them I read this book when I was little, made them want tonread it.
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debbspink More than 1 year ago
This book was such a hit in my second grade classroom every year that I want my grandchildren to know it. Sure to be a child pleaser!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book when I was little...it was kool...I even named my cat after the boys name........its awesome
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mommom10 More than 1 year ago
my granddaughter loved this book from the school liibrary, she was reading it everyone. So I bought her own copy , and the other book written by this for her birthday.