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George Washington's Teeth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    Brush up on Washington's history

    A lovely collection of pastels about historic moments with George, in rolling rhyme, and humorous verse. While aimed at K -Grade 3, this book will be enjoyed by older readers as well (including adults, although they may find it irreverent). It's a great selection for older siblings to read aloud to elementary students. Demonstrates the need for dental hygiene. The grand four page timeline '...from his own letters, diaries, and accounts' is well designed- even has pictures of George's last set of dentures (and they were NOT WOODEN). A painting of G. W. in 1776 shows a scar from an abscessed tooth. George tried to retain this natural teeth, spending over $1,000/year on dental bills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    WELL RESEARCHED AND WITTY

    Here's the real truth on our first President's tooth! No, he didn't really have a set of wooden teeth. But, poor man, the Revolution wasn't the only battle he fought. We learn in this delightfully illustrated book that from the age of 24 he lost a tooth a year. Hence, by the time he reached the presidency there were only two teeth left. (Their whereabouts in his mouth seem to be unknown). Based on historical records as well as Washington's letters and diaries this is a sprightly, fascinating account of the root of his problem (pun intended). Youngsters will learn a bit of history as well as enjoy a rollicking good read. For instance, they'll learn about Washington crossing the Delaware, and that he then had only nine remaining teeth. He didn't have too many teeth to chatter during the frozen winter at Valley Forge as there were only seven left. According to a letter Washington wrote he did at one time wear false teeth secured by wires hitched around his remaining teeth. His last set of dentures were made by a Dr. Greenwood, and carved from hippopotamus ivory. This is a well researched book complete with excerpts from Washington's letters and diaries. Witty pastel illustrations enhance the text. For all ages.

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