Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene MoselTikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Tikki Tikki Tembo

byArlene MoselIllustratorBlair Lent

Paperback | April 17, 2007

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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.

Arlene Mosel (1921-1996) 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 write her own retelling, and Tikki Tikki Tembo became her first book for children. The bo...
Title:Tikki Tikki TemboFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 10.06 × 8.24 × 0.15 inPublished:April 17, 2007Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312367481

ISBN - 13:9780312367480

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic 30+ years later and I still remember the little boy's full name :) Fun book to read out loud
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Old Favourite Such a fun book to read out loud.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of the whole family I received this book as a child (30 years ago!) and have recently been buying it for my neices and nephews. Everytime it's opened up as a gift there is a look of "Wow!" from my siblings. It's a much loved and will be loved book for children of all ages. It is a great story of the brother with the very long name and the poor little guy with the short name who tries desparetly to get his mother and the old man with the ladder to help save his older brother who has fallen into the well. Read it to your little ones!
Date published: 2008-12-16

Editorial Reviews

"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