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Tikki Tikki Tembo - Arlene Mosel

Tikki Tikki Tembo

By: Arlene Mosel (Retold by), Blair Lent (Illustrator)

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Published: 17th April 2007
For Ages: 7 - 9 years old
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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.

About The Author

The late Arlene Mosel first heard the story of Tikki tikki tembo as a child. When she grew up, she shared this wonderful tale with countless children, including her own. Because so many young listeners responded enthusiastically, she decided to put down her own retelling, which became her first book for children.

About the illustrator

Blair Lent began illustrating picture books in the 1960s. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1973 for The Funny Little Woman, by Arlene Mosel, and has also been awarded three Caldecott Honors. He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Tikki Tikki Tembo
 
4.9

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5.0

a classic

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  • A Classic Childrens Book
  • Deserves Multiple Readings

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    Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

    A wonderful book from my youth that has not dated and my children now love .

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    5.0

    Great Children's classic

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    • Engaging Characters

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      Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

      I had this book as a child and loved reading it over and over again. I bought it for my nephew for his birthday. With its engaging story and its catchy rhyming its sure to be a hit with any child within its age range.

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      5.0

      This book is a CLASSIC

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      from Melbourne Australia

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        Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

        This is one of the best junior read aloud books - it's a classic that allows children and adults alike to join in and repeat time and again....Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo- chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!
        I retold this story to my Grandson in a hospital emergency and turned around when there was an enormous chorus of doctors, nurses and patients who all joined in...it's that type of story!

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        5.0

        Childhood favourite

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        from South Hedland

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          Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

          I love this book, it was a favourite of mine & my sister when growing up. I purchased two copies, one for my daughters and another for her children.

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          5.0

          My children used to love this story

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          from Auckland NZ

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            Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

            When my Adult children were at primary school they absolutely loved this book.I could recite it by heart,it was read that many times.I bought it so that my two younger Grandchildren love it also

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            5.0

            All time favourite

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              Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

              Classic story with gorgeous Chinese style illustrations that provide lots to talk about. Take a big breath before you read it!

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              4.0

              Charming and endearing

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              from Sydney AU

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              • Charming Illustrations
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                Comments about Tikki Tikki Tembo:

                This charming folk tale provides an opportunity to extend your child's knowledge of a different culture. You will have great fun trying to say the name of Tikki tikki tembo which is a real tongue twister. You will delight in the unusual language. You can discuss safe places to play and resuscitation. A pleasing amount of repetition makes reading this story aloud a delight and your child can join in.

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                Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is the full name of the firstborn son in the Chinese family of this story. As the firstborn's, his name must be spoken completely and reverently. This old folktale of what happens when the boy falls into a well and his younger brother attempts to get help is nicely retold and should make excellent read-aloud material....Bright, active, and delightfully expressive. "School Library Journal" On spacious, uncluttered pages the artist has extended the story with wonderfully droll ink-and-wash drawings that combine imaginative beauty with a true Chinese spirit. "The Horn Book" Just right for storytelling and tongue-twisting repeating, and . . . for reading aloud. "Kirkus Reviews""

                ISBN: 9780312367480
                ISBN-10: 0312367481
                Audience: Children
                For Ages: 7 - 9 years old
                For Grades: 1 - 2
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 42
                Published: 17th April 2007
                Publisher: St Martin's Press
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.9  x 0.3
                Weight (kg): 0.16
                Edition Number: 1