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Tikki Tikki Tembo book and CD Storytime Set

Tikki Tikki Tembo book and CD Storytime Set

Macmillan Young Listeners Story Time Sets

by Arlene Mosel; illustrated by Blair Lent

Macmillan Young Listeners


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!"

Praise for Tikki Tikki Tembo book and CD Storytime Set

“This book and CD combination…encourages children to retell the story to others (thus developing their oral language skills)…This is a very popular story that children will enjoy hearing and telling over and over.” —Parents' Choice Awards, 2009 Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner

“The Oscar-winner's reading voice is absolutely lovely. She has such fun with the story – and with the repeated pronunciation of "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo" – that you'll have no problem listening again and again.” —Cookie Magazine

“Young children will love hearing the audio again and again and families will play it over and over because this classic suits all ages.” —Chapel Hill Herald

“Macmillan Audio has taken a classic that is over 40 years old and added new life to TIKKI TIKKI TEMBO...Read by actress Marcia Gay Harden, kids and adults alike can enjoy the tongue twister of a name story that many of us have grown up with.” —

“Marcia Gay Harden provides wonderful narration, giving each character a distinctive voice.” —School Library Journal

“Marcia Gay Harden's reading will remind the parents of young listeners why Arlene Mosel's book has entertained since 1968.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Reviews from Goodreads

by Arlene Mosel; illustrated by Blair Lent

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. Mosel also wrote The Funny Little Woman, an Honor Book for the Hans Christian Andersen International Children's Book Awards.

Marcia Gay Harden won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Pollock. Her other films include Into the Wild and Mystic River, and she has been on television’s Damages and Royal Pains.

Blair Lent (1930-2009) received the Caldecott Medal for The Funny Little Woman, and three Caldecott Honors.

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The Mosel Family

Arlene Mosel

Blair Lent