Tikki Tikki Tembo


by Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent

Published in 1968, this picture book is a favourite of mine. It gives the “reason” why the Chinese give their children such short names. You have to read the book a few times (aloud) to find out why it has become a favourite. Not your typical picture book at all, it still is a book that will capture any kid’s interest, and is especially great if you have been talking about China since the illustrations as well as story-line and lifestyle are very Chinese.

So here is the main character’s name: Tikki tikki tembo no sa rembo chari bari ruchi pip peri pembo…. and, yes, that is one of the things that makes the book so much fun to read 🙂

One caution: because one boy nearly drowns in the story, you will want to caution your kids that the story could easily have not had a happy ending — everyone who falls into water isn’t fished out on time.

Ages: 3-10 (for the cultural interest and unique story-line)

Hardcover or softcover picture book, audio version available (but much more fun to read yourself)

Available from: Hamilton Public Library


Reviewer: Doreen


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