This episode was one that really hit home for us. Watch it again here.
For many years I (Miss Ing) had read the book Tikki Tikki Tembo to classes. I remember hearing it read to me as a child. Only in recent years have I come to understand what is so wrong with this story. The author never intended to be offensive, but the book really is. Back in 1968 this book even won an award from Horn Book. Today it really shouldn't be read anywhere except to explain the issues that make it so very troubling. Read this post from Grace Lin, she explains it so well. Even as late as 2019 I read this book in schools, I did change the country to "a far away place" and I changed the names, but that really wasn't enough. I know better now and I will do better.
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