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Tooth Tales and the Tooth Fairy

When kids reach a certain age, losing a tooth becomes a right of passage. Who will be the first in the family or in the class to lose a tooth? Will the person talk or look peculiar once that tooth is out? What replaces it? What happens to the old teeth? Is the Tooth Fairy real? There are many stories and traditions about teeth and the tooth fairy. Some are factual stories, others are made up; all are fun. Take a look at these tales of teeth in fact and fiction and maybe write your own Tooth Tale!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

DW's plot to fool the tooth fairy doesn't work so Arthur, her brother of tooth-losing age, assumes a magical role himself. This easier-to-read book is just right for new readers and has stickers intended to reinforce vocabulary.

Dear Tooth Fairy

By: Alan Durant
Illustrated by: Vanessa Cabban
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Because Holly is reluctant to give up her newly fallen out tooth, she starts to correspond with the Tooth Fairy, asking questions that trouble many children (such as what happens to the teeth). The Tooth Fairy responds to all questions in this elegantly illustrated book.

Fluffy Meets the Tooth Fairy

By: Kate McMullan
Illustrated by: Mavis Smith
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Fluffy, the class pet guinea pig wants to lose a tooth to meet the tooth fairy but then learns that guinea pigs don't lose teeth; rather they gnaw to wear them down. When he goes home with one of the kids, however, Fluffy manages to meet the Tooth Fairy after all! Light and playful, this is sure to engage newly independent readers.

How Many Teeth?

By: Paul Showers
Illustrated by: TRUE Kelley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Babies don't have teeth as they don't need them yet. But as children grow, teeth grow in and then fall out to be replaced by adult teeth. This informative, appealing, and easy science book is just right to answer early questions about teeth and dental hygiene — and may encourage even more questions.

Junie B.: Toothless Wonder

By: Barbara Parks
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Junie B. worries about her loose tooth. If she's the first in her class to lose a tooth, will she appear different, weird? It's inevitable that Junie B.'s tooth comes out and when it does, she sets out to learn what the Tooth Fairy does with all of those teeth. The answer is, of course, addressed in Junie B.'s signature, amusing style!

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside

By: Laurie Keller
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Dr. Flossman welcomes his class of incisors, canines, etc. (appropriately for each of the typical mouth's 32 teeth), providing actual information in a wacky, slightly abstract combination of art and story.

The Tooth Book

By: Theo LeSieg
Illustrated by: Joe Mathieu
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Who has teeth? Everyone from people to the zebra! And so opens this book of questions and answers designed to engage and provide readers with information revealed in lively rhythm and rhyme with Seussian humor. (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards, Dr. Seuss' real name.) Cartoon-like illustrations complement the lightheartedness of the book.

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World

By: Selby Beeler, G. Brian Karas
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lighthearted illustrations provide just the right tone for brief looks at what happens when children lose their teeth in various places around the world. The title indicates what is done in Korea while an American child awaits the tooth fairy's exchange. A map provides a quick glimpse of this intriguing, quick world tour just right for browsing.

You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?

By: Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
Illustrated by: David Slonim
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This is not the Tooth Fairy of old; this tooth fairy defies old conceptions of the work, and how this spunky character gets around (actually by way of turbo-charged surfboard). Fast and funny, the Tooth Fairy here will knock down any spritely misconceptions as she tickles the funny bone.

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