Red Apple Reading Magazine August-September 2016 - Page 58

SPOTLIGHT ON… Tikki Tikki Tembo Written by Carley Bennecke, In-house book critic Arlene Mosel would have turned 95 on August 27th of this year. In 1968 she authored Tikki Tikki Tembo, a book in which a young boy named Chang has an older brother with a very long name: Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari end, Tikki Tikki Tembo gets rescued, Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo. and the author explains that this story The story follows the two Chinese is the reason why the Chinese have such brothers and their insistence on not short names. listening to their mother and playing around a deep water well. Chang falls My sister and I had memorized and loved down the well first, and Tikki Tikki sing-songing Tikki Tikki Tembo’s long Tembo saves Chang by fetching the old name, even before our mom read it out man with the ladder. Later, continuing loud to us. It was one of our favorites and not to listen to their mother, Tikki Tikki we listened to it over and over throughout Tembo falls down the well. Chang runs our early childhood. It’s a fun bedtime home to his mother, but because his story that will instantly become a classic brother’s full name is so long, he has a in your household too, because of its difficult time communicating to her and honorable morals, vivid illustrations, and the old man what has happened. In the unfolding of a classic Chinese legend. 58 RED APPLE READING