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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arlene Mosel Narrator: Marcia Gay Harden Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This humorous retelling of a favorite folktale recounts how the Chinese came to give their children short names. Beautifully illustrated, this perfect read-aloud storybook is one adults and children will enjoy sharing together again and again.

When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names. Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is the name of a mother’s first, and most honored, son. It means, “the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world!”

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This old folktale of what happens when the boy falls into a well…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.”

    Horn Book Magazine

  • “Just right for storytelling and tongue-twisting repeating, and…for reading aloud.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anna | 6/27/2011

    " A favorite from childhood. The story is less dramatic than my childhood remembrances, but it is still pretty fun. It makes a great read-aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 6/23/2011

    " Fun to read out loud. I guess this is a folk tale about how the Chinese named their first and second born sons. Funny to say Tikki Tikki Tembo's full name out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 6/6/2011

    " Filled with tough twisters that will dry and exaughst your mouth! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chelsea | 5/6/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture book! It reminds me of my 1st and 2nd grade teacher :) "

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