The Scary Man With the Ladder
Trips to the grocery store and library were punctuated by scenes of Chang falling into the well, and longer trips were an endless cylce of Tikki Tikki Tembo running to his honorable mother for help. It was a rare night that I didn't fall asleep to the refrain of "Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo" running through my head. Alas, we have since moved on to other audiobooks. The impact of this story on my children, however, will not soon be forgotten. As evidence, I offer the following comment from my three year old, uttered months after Tikki Tikki Tembo was ousted as our road trip favorite:
"Mommy, when I fall to the bottom of the well (notice that in her mind this is a definite occurance and not simply an eventuality), I want you and daddy to get me out. The Old Man with the ladder is scary!"