Tikki Tikki Tembo

By Arlene Mosel; Read by Marcia Gay Harden

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This humorous retelling of a favorite folktale recounts how the Chinese came to give their children short names. Beautifully illustrated, this perfect read-aloud storybook is one adults and children will enjoy sharing together again and again.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.

Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo is the name of a mother’s first, and most honored, son. It means, "the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world!"

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Praise for Tikki Tikki Tembo

"Just right for storytelling and tongue-twisting repeating, and . . . for reading aloud."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"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
 
"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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By Arlene Mosel; Read by Marcia Gay Harden

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. Marcia Gay Harden is an Academy Award-winning actress who has performed in many movies, including Pollock, Into the Wild, The Mist, Casa de los Babys, Mystic River, Flubber, Meet Joe Black, and The First Wives Club. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lee Krasner in Pollock. She has appeared on television shows including Damages and Royal Pains. For Macmillan Audio, she reads Arlene Mosel’s classic children’s book, Tikki Tikki Tembo.

Arlene Mosel
Marcia Gay Harden

The Mosel Family
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Tikki Tikki Tembo
By Arlene Mosel; Read by Marcia Gay Harden

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
July 2009
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427207258
ISBN10: 1427207259
Audio Run Time: 1:00
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$5.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
March 1968
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805006629
ISBN10: 0805006621
Picture Book
8 1/8 x 10 inches, 44 pages, Includes full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$17.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
April 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312367480
ISBN10: 0312367481
Picture Book
8 1/4 x 10 inches, 48 pages, Includes full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$6.95

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
April 2007
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466815513
ISBN10: 1466815515
eBook Picture Book - Amazon44 pages, Includes full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$4.95
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