Tikki Tikki Tembo

Tikki Tikki Tembo

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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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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 224 x 261 x 9mm | 399g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0805006621
  • 9780805006629
  • 67,284

Review quote

"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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About Arlene Mosel

Arlene Mosel (1921-1996)'s debut children's book, Tikki Tikki Tembo, was 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 also wrote The Funny Little Woman, an Honor Book for the Hans Christian Andersen International Children's Book Awards.

Blair Lent (1930-2009) received the Caldecott Medal for The Funny Little Woman, and three Caldecott Honors. He is the illustrator of Ms. Mosel's Tikki Tikki Tembo, a bestseller since its publication in 1968, and Bruce Goldstone's The Beastly Feast.
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Rating details

54,055 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 50% (27,099)
4 28% (14,878)
3 17% (9,271)
2 4% (1,930)
1 2% (877)

Our customer reviews

"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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