Consists of brief statements relating what children from around the world do with a tooth that has fallen out. Includes facts about teeth.
What do you do when you lose a tooth? Do you put it under your pillow and wait for the tooth fairy? Not if you live in Botswana! In Botswana, children throw their teeth onto the roof. In Afghanistan they drop their teeth down mouse holes, and in Egypt they fling their teeth at the sun! Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth. Selby B. Beeler spent years collecting traditions from every corner of the globe for this whimsical book, and illustrator G. Brian Karas adds to the fun, filling every page with humorous detail. He perfectly captures the excitement and pride that children experience when a tooth falls out.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Informational Texts)
In Beeler's first book, children from familiar and remote countries on each
continent explain what they do when they lose a tooth. The Tooth Fairy surfaces
on several occasions; but for kids from a number of countries, she's replaced
by a mouse, a squirrel or another critter. In other traditions, parents fashion
jewelry from baby teeth, children wrap a tooth in a piece of food and feed it
to an animal or throw their teeth on the roof. Since Beeler organizes her
material by geographic region, some spreads featuring similar traditions of
neighboring countries become redundant (e.g., Colombia, "I put my tooth under
my pillow and wait for a mouse called El Raton Miguelito to take my tooth and
leave money in its place," followed by Venezuela, "I put my tooth under my
pillow. While I am asleep, a mouse will take the tooth and bring me some
coins"). But the variety of customs across the globe compensates for any
occasional similarities. Karas's (The Windy Day) cheerful cartoon art shows
round-faced kids--many proudly displaying a gap in their smiles--dressed in
native garb and often standing near an example of their local architecture.
This book will be an eye-opener for young Americans who may have assumed that
the Tooth Fairy holds a worldwide visa. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
"If children think a visit from the Tooth Fairy is the only way to trade in baby teeth, they're in for a surprise. Beeler's funny and intriguing sampling of lost-tooth traditions from around the world shows that teeth are every bit as likely to end up down a mouse hole, in the stomach of a dog, or on the roof of a house, as they are under a pillow. . . . Lots and lots of fun." Booklist, ALA
"The demands of the Tooth Fairy are almost as strenuous as those of Santa, but she has some help, because, as Beeler tells it, the customs about teeth vary around the world. . . . A charming debut." Kirkus Reviews
"This book describes a variety of rituals for the numerous occasions on which a child loses baby teeth. About a half-dozen countries in a broad geographic region are covered on each two-page spread. For each nation, an appealing youngster dressed in native attire provides one- or two-sentence summaries of local tooth customs. . . . A world map helps with the geography and a couple of appended dental diagrams give youngsters a simple oral overview. . . . A fun comparative study for the tooth-losing crowd." School Library Journal