Tikki Tikki Tembo: Arlene Mosel

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Author: Arlene Mosel
Illustrator: Blair Lent
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Year: 2007
Brief Summary: This retelling of the ancient Chinese folktale explains why sometimes it’s advantageous to have short names.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, 1968 Winner Illustration United States

Best Books:

Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Educators’ Top 100 Children’s Books, 2007 ; NEA Survey
Notable Children’s Books, 1968 ; ALSC American Library Association
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

State Provisional Reading List: 
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award, 1987; Nominee

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Discuss folktales and read alongside other Chinese folktales in the collection.
  • Read other books about unusual names — Chrysanthemum, My Name is Yoon, My Name is Not Isabella, etc. http://www.amazon.com/mostly-Pictures-Books-about-Celebrate/lm/R37FF2M85E42BJ

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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