Tikki Tikki Tembo book & CD set (MacMillan Young Listeners) By Arlene Mosel(A)/Blair Lent(N) [Audiobook] Audio CD – January 21, 2009
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Time to retire this one. Don't perpetuate negative stereotypes about Asians. There are much better books out there.
So,the boys are monkeying around and Clueless Playmate falls into the well. Golden Boy runs to his mother and they get a ladder-wielding-tree-napping-old-man to save him named “Old Man With The Ladder.” He pumps the boy’s leg like a water pump to revive him which must be some sort of olden time CPR.
Of course the little boys are monkeying around in the bathtub AGAIN, I mean near the well, despite the close brush with death and this time Golden Boy falls into the well. His brother runs for help and after repeating John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt four or five times, almost passes out from exhaustion, leaving his evil mother childless. Fortunately, Old Man With The Ladder comes to his senses and rescues Golden Boy with the same water pump CPR procedure.
And the story concludes that this is why Chinese families name their kids little, short names.
Families can talk about: How would you feel if your name meant Little or Nothing? Do you know what your name means? Why is the mom so mean and dismissive of the younger brother? Why don’t the little boys mind their mother? Do you mind your mother? How confident are you about that answer? What is your game plan if you fall into a well or deep water? What should you do? And if you see your brother fall in? Why do you think swimming lessons are important? Which is more fun to say: Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo or John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt?
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And the reason I gave it five stars anyway is because my four-year-old did want me to read it again. And again. And again and again and again until she could rattle off "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo" without hesitation herself. It's a cute story that deserves to be read out loud, no matter how exhausting it gets, because it's fun and catchy and one that I remember fondly from my own childhood for the same reasons that my daughter loves it now.
So buy this book. But you might also want to buy an oxygen tank to go with it.
This was a favourite with my husband and his siblings, and I can see why.