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Doctor De Soto

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Wonderful book!

    My 5 year old daughter loved this book. She picked it as one of her bedtime stories for a week after she first got it. Then she took it to bed with her everynight and fell asleep reading it. Very clever story, my husband and I both enjoy reading this to her.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    Doctor De Soto- Great book

    This book is great. Your children will love reading Doctor De Soto. It is very funny and will add new words to your childs vocabulary for example permate and much more. I rate Doctor De Soto as a great childrens book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    The Secret Formula

    Every children's dental office should have a copy of this ultra delightful story of a mouse named Dr. DeSoto sitting in their waiting rooms. The illustrations, alone, are so cleverly drawn and colorful that children not yet old enough to read would be able to understand what the story is all about just by turning the pages and would, therefore, be less inclined to focus on the REAL reason why they are there in a dentist's office!

    Basically, this award winning author's tale is about a dentist mouse and his ass't mouse wife, who, against their better judgment, agree to accept as a patient, a well-dressed, prosperous looking fox, even tho the sign on the outside of Dr. DeSoto's office clearly says: "Cats and other dangerous animals not accepted for treatment".

    Dr. DeSoto and his wife feel pity for the obviously truly suffering fox and they allow him to enter their office and begin treatment for his terrible pain, which Dr. DeSoto quickly discovers is caused by a horribly rotten tooth. However, in the process of giving Mr. Fox some gas thru a small nose mask so that he will be asleep when Dr. DeSoto extracts the very rotten tooth from the fox's very wide open mouth, they hear him mumbling in a sleepy, dreamy way about how he "loves them raw-- with a dash of salt"...and they quickly realize that it is Mr. Fox's intention to eat them after they have completed the extraction of his rotten tooth and replaced it with a finely polished solid gold tooth that Mrs. DeSoto fashions for him that evening and which Dr. DeSoto plans to insert in the fox's mouth the morning of the next day.

    It is during the nite that Dr. DeSoto and his ass't wife come up with a plan to foil Mr. Fox's wicked plan and the story ends in a surprising and satisfying way for all except Mr. Fox.

    I 'told' this story to five classes of 7 and 8 year olds at a Denver Public Elementary School and it was a HUGE hit! Plus the bonus for me was that I had so much fun 'telling' it. I find all of of William Steig's children's books to be adaptable to telling as well as reading. I wish there were more of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Doctor De Soto- William Steig

    Doctor De Soto is a mouse who just happens to be a dentist. Animals from all around come to see him for all of thier teeth problems. Being so small he can just get right in there 'wearing his rubbers, to keep his feet dry' to help the big animals so they would hardly feel any pain. After all Doctor De Soto was a mouse so he refused 'Cats and other Dangerous Animals Not ACcepted for Treatment.' And who could blame him. But one day there was a sly old fox who complained of a tooth ache. Will Doctor De Soto let him in to help him or will he leave the poor fox outside in pain? Read and you will find out. Doctor De Soto is a wonderful Newberry honor book that goes into the genre of Fantasy, because of the talking mice that work on teeth. I would recomend anyone this book because i think that it has the same vaule as Asops tales, with the sly fox. Steig, William. DOCTOR DE SOTO. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Dr. De Soto

    Dr. DeSoto is a great children's book. It supports doing what is just, and 'good' triumphs over 'evil'. The book is also well illustrated and easy to follow. This book might help children who are scared of the dentist because it mentions the care he takes and how they feel little pain which lets kids know that the dentist is there to help.

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