Tikki Tikki Tembo

This is a cute story about why the Chinese have such short names instead of grand, long names. I love this book mainly because I have such warm memories of my mother reading this book to my brothers and sisters and me. She was a “professional” story-teller and read with a lot of silliness and enthusiasm. I think most of the time we liked to look at her instead of the book. This book lends itself to great inflection and facial expression — one of the best in those regards. Now that I’m the reader, I have such an appreciation for the illustrations and their mother-color blue hues. (I’m also child #2 in our family, too, so I felt a little vindication when I read this story.)

Buy it here.