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Summary: Everyone in the second grade is sharing the loss of a tooth except Lucy. Every week someone gets to share his or her story but not poor Lucy. Will she ever have a story to share before the school year is over? This is a story about losing a tooth and wanting to fit in.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Age of Child: Read with a fourth grade class.
Young Reader Reaction: My friend read this to her class and they loved it. It elicited a series of "tooth" stories from the children.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an excellent story that reinforces the importance of knowing a date, telling time and sharing a story. These are all important second grade skills that the author stresses in the story.
Pros: Kids will relate to this book. Parents will love the excellent illustrations.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This isn't the kind of book a youngster will read over and over again, but it would be very helpful for setting up a similar project at school.
Educational Themes: In addition to talking about losing teeth, you can help kids practice telling time, calendar and remembering a date, and being able to create a narrative.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.