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Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
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Jan 30, 09

bookshelves: children
Read in January, 2009

** spoiler alert ** We are enjoying many books set in China right now. There are discussions online about whether this story is, in fact, true, and whether it is culturally accurate. There is evidence this is a Japanese, not a Chinese, folktale, as well as many arguments that it is not historical at all.

Either way, we enjoyed this book. What I loved about it: 1) My husband got VERY excited when he saw it! His mother read it to him when he was a kid and he immediately broke into song from the memory of the book-on-tape; 2) The looooooooong name is a blast to say, and a child's attempt to remember it quite sweet indeed; 3) the artwork is interesting; 4) the mother makes most "real-life" mothers look like angels; 5) very few children's books open the door for discussions about CPR; and 6) the ending certainly isn't "happily ever after." It's surprisingly realistic~~at least, as much as a children's book can be.
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