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Tikki Tikki Tembo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Tikki Tikki Tembo is written as a pourquoi story to explain why

    Tikki Tikki Tembo is written as a pourquoi story to explain why Chinese families give their children such short names. Apparently, Chinese families once gifted their first born sons with ridiculously long and elaborate names. This is the case with the stories protagonist, Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo. Tikki Tikki Tembo and his little brother Chang are playing together one day when Chang falls into a well. Tikki Tikki Tembo runs home and alerts his family of the danger so that Chang is promptly rescued. The problem occurs later when Tikki Tikki Tembo falls into the well. Chang runs home to try to tell his family about the danger, but he is so out of breath that he can't pronounce his brother's ridiculously long name. It takes so long for Chang to relay the story that by the time he does, Tikki Tikki Tembo is in critical danger. Chang rescues his brother with little time to lose.

    This story is a fun and playful read for young children. The name "Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo" has a great rhythm to it. It is fun for children to chant along with. The story is simple to understand and the pictures are nice to look at. Even though the book is a fun read, it has been met with some criticism. The story functions as a kind of manufactured traditional tale. Although most adults can recognize that this is intended to be a silly story, it is possible that younger children may develop an inaccurate understanding of Chinese culture. But as long as it is contextualized, this can be a very fun and engaging picture book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Fun book to read with a child and have the child read on his/her own. The sing-song refrain will make you smile all day.

    Fun book to read with a child and have the child read on his/her own b/c of the sing-song refrain. I saw the title, smiled and began repeating the refrain myself after 40 years. Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sir Rembo Chari bari...... :-)

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    "A Lesson in Life" (interesting read)

    This beautifully colored children's book is a great tale of life lessons for both children and parents. It can show young children that bad decision that you make has a consequence to go with it and that your parents make rules for a reason, usually to keep you safe. It also shows parents that they should not value one child over another, we are all created equal! This book would also be a great tool for teaching young children about some of the differences between different cultures.

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