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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    I Lost My Tooth In Africa

    Amina is taking a trip to Mali Africa. It is where her father's family resides. She is super excited, especially since her tooth is loose! Her father informs her that in Africa when someone loses a tooth, the African tooth fairy will bring you a chicken. When she arrives in Mali, all of her family greets her. They stay in a compound, where donkeys, goats, and chickens roam. She eats some meat, hoping that her tooth will come out. Finally the next day, when Amina is brushing her teeth at a papaya tree, her tooth comes out. She is so thrilled. Amina plays some African games with her cousins and even takes a nap, waiting for her chicken to come. Just as Amina is beginning to give up on the African tooth fairy, two chickens pop out of a nearby bush. Amina grows excited, especially when she finds eggs in the hen's nest. Amina's family helps her build a coop for the chickens to stay in. Problems begin brewing when a nearby pheasant is found walking near the coop. Internal problems also take place when Amina's uncle tells her that it takes approximately 21 days for eggs to hatch.
    I Lost My Tooth in Africa is a great read for children in early elementary, during the time when "tooth loosing" is common. After reading this book, children will have good insight as to what life is like in Mali, Africa. At the end of the book, a glossary, African song, and an authentic recipe is provided for readers. The author was only 8 years old when she wrote this book. Her father illustrated. If you are looking for a book full of adventure, take a journey through Amina's shoes, and read I Lost My Tooth in Africa.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    I Lost My Tooth in Africa

    I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité is a great story for children. Amina tells of her time spent in Africa on a family visit. She has a loose tooth and her father tells her that if she loses her tooth in Africa she will get a chicken from the African Tooth Fairy. So she tries her hardest to lose this tooth, and then one day it finally comes out. She does not end up getting her chicken until the very last day, but the anticipation makes it very exciting. This book is great for young children because they can relate to Amina and I feel that the loss of a tooth would excite them and they would be able to relate to this as well. The book is also multicultural and would give the students a good insight into some of the African culture.

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