Friday, February 15, 2013

Tooth Fairy Books

Do your kids still believe in the tooth fairy? Lilac is very curious about the comings and goings of all the magical beings that visit our home. In fact, awhile back she wrote the tooth fairy and asked a bunch of questions, seeking specifics (what do you do with the teeth, is there more than one of you, etc.)

Well, instead of giving her all the answers, the tooth fairy told her to find some tooth fairy books and see what she could learn. I'm not sure if you know this but the tooth fairy can be quite impish at times, or perhaps she just values education...hard to say really.

Anyway, just in case you have an inquisitive little believer at your house, Robyn and I have put together a list of books that might help...at least with the tooth fairy.

The Story of the Tooth Fairy by Tom Paxton is a very sweet book which explains in the most enchanting way how the tooth fairy got her start.  This one really is magical and lovely!

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby B. Beeler tells what kids from different cultures do with their lost teeth. It's really pretty interesting. (In some places they make jewelry with them, did you know that?)

The Very Beary Tooth Fairy by Arthur Levine, Zach has a loose tooth and part of him is excited for a visit from the tooth fairy, but a bigger part of him is afraid.  His mom has warned him to stay away from people (you know they can be very dangerous) and what if the tooth fairy is a person?

In Franklin and the Tooth Fairy by Paulette Bourgeois, Franklin is feeling left out because he hasn't lost any teeth-- in fact he doesn't have any, so he tries to trick the tooth fairy...it doesn't work if you're wondering.

The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez by Rene Colato Lainez. This one is a bit quirky, my kids still enjoyed hearing it though because two magical beings stand off and then work together to retrieve a lost tooth.

Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate, Little Rabbit doesn't think she should eat her carrots (or any of her other hard foods) since she has a loose tooth.  Mom & Dad tell her to chew her hard foods with her other teeth.  Surprise!  The loose tooth comes out in her soft chocolate ice cream!  (My favorite part of this book:  she gets a dime for the tooth!  If only.)

Dear Tooth Fairy by Pamela Edwards Duncan is a series of letters that a girl name Claire writes to the tooth fairy because she is concerned that she is already 6 and doesn't have a wiggly tooth...perfect for us with all our note writing.
(PS- There seem to be a lot of different books with this title.  In particular, I think this other one looks fun, I'd like to find it.)


Of course all of these books give different answers about the tooth fairy, so perhaps Lilac will be back to her questioning the next time she looses a tooth.  Hmmm, I wonder what the tooth fairy will say then.    
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PS- Silly us, we forgot Charming Opal which is a Toot and Puddle book with a little bit of tooth fairy action.  Do you know of any more tooth fairy books we might like to read?

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