Tikki Tikki Tembo
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Tikki Tikki Tembo

By (author) Arlene Mosel , By (author) Blair Lent , Illustrated by Blair Lent

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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.

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  • Hardback | 44 pages
  • 218.44 x 254 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • 15 Mar 1968
  • Henry Holt & Company
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0805006621
  • 9780805006629
  • 29,511

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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 book was named 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 was also the author of "The Funny Little Woman," which won the 1973 Caldecott Medal for Blair Lent's illustrations and was recognized as an Honor Book by the Hans Christian Andersen International Children's Book Awards. Mosel was an associate professor of library science at Case Western Reserve University. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mosel died in Indianapolis in 1996.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-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is the full name of the firstborn son in the Chinese family of this story....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" "Just right for storytelling and tongue-twisting repeating, and . . . for reading aloud."--"Kirkus Reviews" """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"

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This is one your kids will remember!

"This is one your kids will remember! I had this book read to me when I was 6 or 7 years old and I still remember it (now aged 23). I was so proud that I could say his WHOLE NAME in ONE BREATH! I was absolutely STOKED to find this online... what a great book. Your kids will deifnitely love it - if not for the story, at least for the excitement of trying to remember Tikki Tikki Tembo's whole name!"show more
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