From your library
Deborah George Washington's Teeth. Farrar, Straus and
In a clever approach
to history, Chandra and Comora string together spry stanzas describing
the dental difficulties that plagued George Washington. Rhyming verse
explains how the general's rotten teeth gradually fall out during the
Revolutionary War: "George crossed the icy Delaware/ With nine teeth
in his mouth./ In that cold and pitchy dark,/ Two more teeth came out!"
Cole complements this verse by rendering a sly watercolor twist on Emanuel
Leutze's famous painting George Washington Crossing the Delaware, in a
full-spread treatment: Washington still stands in quiet dignity, but the
boatmen are grinning. By the time Washington is elected president, just
two teeth remain in his mouth. Kids will love the details, such as the
way Washington uses a pair of his molars to fashion a mold from which
the dentist makes a set of dentures (these are carved from hippopotamus
ivory, and even shown, in a photograph in the afterword). Infusing his
bustling watercolor vignettes with comic hyperbole, Cole easily keeps
pace with the lighthearted narrative. One especially funny image shows
the president sprawled on the floor, legs in the air, after viewing a
newly painted portrait ("George stood up to have a look-/ He fell
back on his fanny./ `It doesn't look like me!' he roared./ `It looks like
Martha's granny!' "). An annotated timeline at the end includes quotes
from the leader's letters and diaries chronicling his relentless efforts
to hide his dental problems and the extent to which they caused him chronic
pain and embarrassment. A highly palatable historical morsel for all ages.
Fresh & Fun: Teeth. Scholastic; (04/01/00)
Dozens of Instant and Irresistible Ideas and Activities From Teachers
Across the Country Includes a Cut-Apart Poster for Your Pocket Chart!
"Brush up" on teaching about teeth and dental health with these
fun and easy activities! Kids will love making a time line to track lost
teeth, playing the memory game, "Look What the Tooth Fairy Left,"
and mapping tooth traditions around the world. Plus: a read-aloud fable,
pocket chart activities, dental health finger-plays, "Tooth or False"
reproducible game board, book links, computer connections, and a big,
colorful poetry poster!
Paul How Many Teeth? Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1.
Harper Trophy; revised edition (03/15/91)
School Library Journal
How many teeth does one have during the various stages of life? That is
the premise in this introduction that has been a mainstay in libraries
serving children for nearly 30 years (HarperCollins, 1962). The update
is long overdue. Changes in text are slight; the big transformation is
in the book's overall appearance. The characters have been given an updated,
more cartoon-like look, with new hairstyles and casual clothing. Gender
and ethnic representation is more balanced, and the figures are more active.
A baby formerly being held and fed is now feeding himself a bottle, Elizabeth
has escaped her confining highchair, and readers see Sam brushing his
teeth morning and night, rather than just a sketch of the sun and moon.
But the biggest change is in the parents. Yesterday's stay-at-home Mom,
in bathrobe, rollers, and lipstick, and Dad, in his business suit, have
been replaced by a couple enjoying themselves at a picnic. Full-color
watercolors replace Galdone's two-color drawings. All contribute to a
striking uplift for an old standby, worth serious consideration.
Selby Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around
Houghton Mifflin; (09/24/01)
Children from countries on each continent explain what they do when they
lose a tooth, including throwing their teeth on the roof. PW called this
volume "an eye-opener for young Americans who may have assumed that
the Tooth Fairy holds a worldwide visa."
Vrombaut, Ann Clarabella's
Teeth. Clarion Books; (03/25/03)
School Library Journal
An amusing story about the importance of carefully brushing your teeth
and the satisfaction gained by helping a friend. When Clarabella, a crocodile,
and her friends wake up, they start the day by brushing their teeth. The
monkey, the zebra, the rabbit, and the leopard get the job done quickly
while Clarabella "brushes and brushes and brushes" all of her
teeth. Her friends play, have lunch, build sand castles, nibble ripe mangoes,
and leap and spin around. As they move through their day, the question,
"And Clarabella?" tempts readers to turn each page. By the time
she is ready to join the fun, the other creatures are getting ready for
bed. Poor Clarabella sighs, but then her friends surprise her with a large
toothbrush. Delighted with her gift, the young crocodile turns her sigh
into a big smile. The animals are playfully illustrated; the zebra sports
pink and purple stripes, the monkey is done in green and purple, the rabbit
is bright red with a green outline, and the leopard has green spots. This
quirky and bright artwork, executed in pastels, is eye-catching and funny.
Swanson, Diane Up Close:
Teeth That Stab and Grind. Douglas & McIntyre; (09/00)
School Library Journal
This fine entry focuses on how teeth are used by many different animals
for chomping, grinding, stabbing, etc. Each chapter has two pages of readable
text; crisp, color photos; and small, captioned, ink-and-watercolor drawings.
The facts and photos have been carefully selected to entertain and astonish
children. The wide-open mouths of a hippo and a viperfish are sure to
draw oohs and aahs. The writing style is conversational and clear. Despite
the index, this is not primarily a research tool. It is enjoyable enough
to read cover-to-cover-and just may keep kids awake during Dental Health
Brill, Marlene Targ Tooth
tales from around the world : From Around the World. Charlesbridge
Putting a baby tooth under a pillow and getting money from the tooth fairy
is an American tradition. But as Brill explains, many other cultures,
much older than ours, have also had traditions about lost teeth. Ancient
Egyptians believed the sun made teeth strong, so they threw lost teeth
toward the sun. In the Middle Ages, parents ground children's teeth down
into a powder and ate it, to protect their children from wicked witches.
Perhaps the most common tradition, besides the tooth fairy, comes from
Europe, where more than 100 years ago, children began to receive small
gifts from the "tooth mouse," an evolution that probably began
when children and adults threw teeth in mouse holes in the hope that the
kids would grow sharp teeth. The transitions from subject to subject can
be a bit vague; however, the information presented is very interesting.
The paintings, suffused with whimsy, are eye-catching, though some children
may prefer their nonfiction art more true to life. Still, this should
have appeal for kids, especially those going through the loose-tooth stage
Elizabeth The right bite : dentists as detectives. Franklin
Ages: Gr 3–6
School Library Journal, 06/01/2007
In line with their lurid titles, these concise, high-interest introductions
to various branches of forensic science include three case studies each,
along with descriptions of methods, necessary gear, interviews with practitioners
of both sexes, and even career advice, along with plenty of photos that
are more suggestive than icky. Describing how criminal profilers work,
Beres shows how the Mad Bomber of the 1940s and 1950s, a later murderer,
and a computer hacker were identified through keen observation and psychological
analysis, in contrast, as Winchester explains, to serial killer Ted Bundy,
who was identified in part by a bite mark he left on a victim. Denega
shows how forensic entomologists use insect evidence to narrow down the
times of criminal and other deaths. Written to a template but with only
minor quantities of boilerplate, these quick scans will both rivet and
inform true-crime fans—and may even spark some vocational interest
in their diverse specialties.—John Peters, New York Public Library
School Library Journal