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Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Tikki Tikki Tembo (original 1968; edition 2007)

by Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent (Illustrator), Arlene Mosel (Author)

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Title:Tikki Tikki Tembo
Authors:Arlene Mosel
Other authors:Blair Lent (Illustrator), Arlene Mosel (Author)
Info:Square Fish (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:fantasy, fiction, picture books
Tags:First Name, traditions, culture

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Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel (1968)


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Tikki Tikki Tembo is children's story that talks about a naming tradition that was once present in the Chinese culture. The first son would get a really strong and long names. It this book the sons name is "Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo" while his younger brother was given a very short, usual name. In the story, the boys would often go to the well with their mother to wash laundry. Both brothers had fallen in the well at different times, but because Tikki Tikki Tembo had such a long name, it took his brother so long to relay the message that he had fallen in the well. This made Tikki Tikki Tembo stay in the water far too long stating that he wasn't right for many days after the accident. The book claims that this is the reason why families no longer give the oldest son a long strong name.
I like this book because children can really enjoy saying that long and silly name while reading the book. This book is also a good book for cause and effect.
I do think there are parts in this book that may be a little scary/suspenseful for the younger kids. ( )
  AshleyBarron | Apr 4, 2017 |
This book is good for two reasons. The first reason is the way the author made son's name something rhythmic and entertaining. The son's name is, "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo." The second reason is how the author shows the compassion the two brothers have for each other. After Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo saves his brother Chang, Chang then did not give up trying to save his brother. The story shows this, "Poor little Chang was all out of breath... But then he thought of his brother in the old well." The overall theme of this book is to teach children about helping those in need, and not to play around wells. ( )
  mmoria4 | Mar 30, 2017 |
This book is telling that a boy who had a very long name called Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sarimbo Hari Kari Bushkie Perry Pem Do Hai Kai Pom Pom Nikki No Meeno Dom Barako, got into some trouble and each falls into the well. His brother run to ask help from his mom, but because of his long long name, it's too late to help him out. This is a very interesting and funny Chinese folktale, so I would use this book in my teaching. This book is good for 1st-3rd readers to read. ( )
  CNKE94297 | Mar 27, 2017 |
Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel is a book about two brother in China who one is the beloved first born and the other seems to be the one cast aside. This book addresses the concept of giving their first born son an elaborate name and something insignificant for the second son. The brothers both fall in a water well at different times and are both saved. The first born brother however ends up sick due to the time it took to call for help since his name is so long. The story ends by realizing favoring one child over the other probably isn’t the best idea.
I enjoyed this book because it was out of the typical styles I would chose. A friend suggested it and I am glad she did I like how it addressed a concept of Chinas culture in a way that children can understand. The idea of reading this book out loud for a class would be fun and entertaining for the class due to the attempts of pronouncing the beloved sons name.
This would be an interesting book to incorporate into a cultural study of China or maybe a good way to talk about story telling. I think this would also be a way to discuss the names in different cultures and what they mean. Overall a very interesting book.
  Linzie12 | Mar 26, 2017 |
This is the legend of how the Chinese decided that it would be wise to give each of their children short names. It is the story of a mother and her two young sons. They boys love the play near the old well while their mother is washing the clothes, and at first the youngest son falls into the well. They are able to rescue him quickly since he had a short name. However, a few months later the boys go back to playing by and on the well and the oldest son falls into the well and it takes a while before they are able to get him out.
This book fits into the folktale/legend category as it is a culture specific story and explanation of how the Chinese thought to give their children short names.
I would read this story to any age of students. I would have students look for different things in the book though, depending on their age level.
  Michaiah.Annear | Mar 17, 2017 |
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I hope that people realize that "Tikki Tikki Tembo" contains very INCORRECT information about Chinese culture...What's even more disturbing is that the introduction written inside the book jacket made the story sound like a real folklore.

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Once, upon a time, a long, long time ago, it was the custom of all the fathers and mothers in China to give their first and honored sons great long long names.
Her second son she called Chang, which meant "little or nothing." But her first and honored son, she called Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo, which meant "the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world!"
"Unfortunate Son, surely the evil spirits have bewitched your tongue. Speak your brother's name with reverence."
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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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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.

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