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Summary: Rain, a nearly 6-year-old girl, and her classmates are losing their first teeth. When Rain loses her first tooth, she starts to wonder what the Tooth Fairy does with all of those baby teeth. That's when she learns that there's more than just the Tooth Fairy collecting teeth. This is a story about the ways different cultures celebrate the magic of losing your baby teeth.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3
Age of Child: Started reading with a 4-year-old child
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler, who was fascinated by the idea of a loose tooth before we got the book, was most intrigued. S/He wanted to know which Tooth Fairy was coming to our house.
Adult Reader Reaction: Who knew that every culture has its own way of marking a child's loss of baby teeth. This is a fun story to read, as there is something for everyone to learn.
Pros: The story is broad, allowing children to understand that losing teeth is natural, and everyone celebrates the event in their own way. The illustrations are simple. The writing clarity and child's perspective take the "fear" out of the process for kids.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. The story is good enough to buy, but if you have one child, it may not have a long shelf life. If you have more than one child, definitely buy, you'll need this book lots!
Educational Themes: There is lots of potential for this book. Depending on audience age, you can talk about myths and legends, growing up, diversity, and geography, as well as contrast/compare similarities and differences among cultures.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, cultures and tradition, fables and folklore, adoption
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006
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