There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
-- Marina Tsvetaeva

Beginning readersYoung readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
10 stars

Tikki Tikki Tembo

AR: 4.2
Lexile: 1090
RC: 3.7
by Arlene Mosel     Illus. by Blair Lent
Normal-length Picture book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Monday, March 19, 2007

What happens to you when your name is too long? Find out in this wonderful retelling of a Chinese folk-tale. In olden days in China, families would name their first sons with great long names. They felt that their favored, most special first sons deserved such long names. So Tikki Tikki Tembo was given his great long name (that goes on in the book for almost two whole lines) and all was well and good until he got into some danger!

This book is super fun to read out loud or listen to. It is a good story with a really fun character name that you get to say over and over. Every time I read this to my students, they love it and want to read it themselves over and over. I can't recommend this book enough! Read it (out loud)! Then share it with someone!

(Last modified:09/01/2007)


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