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Bear's Loose Tooth

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by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman
     
 

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From a cave in the forest

came a “MUNCH, MUNCH, CRUNCH!”

as Bear and his friends

all nibbled on their lunch.

Bear and his friends are munching on their lunch, when all of sudden… Bear feels something wiggling and wobbling in his mouth. Oh, no! What can it be? It’s Bear’s first loose tooth!

In the first Bear book

Overview

From a cave in the forest

came a “MUNCH, MUNCH, CRUNCH!”

as Bear and his friends

all nibbled on their lunch.

Bear and his friends are munching on their lunch, when all of sudden… Bear feels something wiggling and wobbling in his mouth. Oh, no! What can it be? It’s Bear’s first loose tooth!

In the first Bear book in three years, Bear’s friends ease his concerns about his wiggly, wobbly tooth and help him understand losing a baby tooth is perfectly natural. This funny and reassuring story will delight anyone who’s ever had a loose tooth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As honey-colored Bear savors some tasty food with his forest friends, he discovers a loose tooth. Though Bear is distressed ("But how will I eat/ if my tooth says good-bye?") Mouse reassures him that a new tooth will grow in. Wren, Owl, and Badger each gently take a turn trying to pull out Bear's tooth, but it finally falls out when Bear wiggles it with his tongue. A fluttering tooth fairy leaves Bear blueberries, and the ending suggests she'll be paying Bear a return visit soon. With warm prose, comforting acrylics, and a healthy dose of physical comedy, the tale should amuse young readers. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
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"ith warm prose, comforting acrylics, and a healthy dose of physical comedy, the tale should amuse young readers."-Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Bear and his forest friends are sharing their delicious lunch when suddenly Bear's tooth feels loose. Soon Bear learns that his tooth will fall out and a new one will grow back in, so his friends set out to help him pull his loose tooth. First wren, then owl, badger and then others try to help but the tooth stays in. Finally it is Bear himself who manages to knock out his tooth. In the course of the night, the tooth fairy exchanges blueberries for his tooth and in the morning all the friends share a delightful berry breakfast. What happens then—Bear's other tooth feels loose—adds a neat twist to what could be described as a circle story. This book is filled with fun and it gives readers an opportunity to relate the text to their own tooth stories. As for those who have yet to lose a tooth, the rhythmic words present a good idea of what's in store for them. Animals in the illustrations are realistic, yet animated due to the fact that they talk. Their expressions are priceless and coupled with the text that youngsters will quickly learn to repeat, the book makes a perfect package for young readers. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Inimitable Bear once again deals with a classic childhood milestone: a loose tooth. His friends assure him that it will fall out and a new one will grow in its place. Several of them try to pull it out, but it is Bear's wiggling tongue that does the trick. He dances with happiness and sleeps with the tooth by his head. In the night, a fairy comes and leaves blueberries. He and his friends are delighted, and guess what? Another tooth is loose! Wilson's typical style is evident here, with a rhythmic text and a refrain, "Bear's loose tooth." The rhyme flows fairly smoothly, and the story, while predictable, will be reassuring to youngsters sharing Bear's experience. Chapman's art is as charming as ever, with saturated full-bleed backgrounds and her trademark realistic, if slightly anthropomorphized animals. The appearance of the fairy pulls readers a bit further into fantasy than in some of the other titles, but it fits in nicely with the typical mythos that children are likely to be familiar with, and works effectively. Although somewhat more forced than the best of the earlier titles as the refrain and story itself don't follow as organic a flow, the familiar characters and apropos story line compensate nicely.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Bear was enjoying a picnic with his many friends when he felt “something wiggle.” At first he is dismayed, but mouse patiently explain that “A new tooth will grow where the old used to be.” Then wren offers to help by pulling out the loose tooth. “It’s out with the old and in with the new.” But wren is too small to make it budge. Owl tries his hand but the “…tooth stayed in.” Badger gives it a pry but nothing happens. Then they all take turns but none of Bear’s friends has any success. Bear wiggles and nudges the loose tooth with his tongue and “Bear’s tooth fell OUT!” He dances about in delight and checks himself out in a mirror. That night he puts the tooth on a plate near his head as he sleeps. The tooth fairy leaves blueberries “…where bear’s tooth had been!” For breakfast, he shares the blueberries with his friends and as he chews he feels a “wobble” and all of his friends exclaim “Uh-oh!” Bear has another loose tooth. The rhyming text reads easily aloud and the charming depictions of bear, badger, hare, gopher, raven, mole, wren, owl, and mouse make this one a keeper. Labeled “A book about friendship” this is also a good introduction to the idea that “baby” teeth fall out and new ones grow in. The sturdy board pages have nicely rounded corners suitable for young hands. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan; Ages 2 to 6.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416958550
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Series:
Bear Books Series
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
121,811
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson's previous picture books include Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer's Christmas Manger, all illustrated by Jane Chapman, One Day in the Middle of the Bog, illustrated by Joan Rankin, and Hilda Must Be Dancing and Bear Hugs illustrated by Suzanne Watts. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. Karma Wilson's website is at karmawilson.com.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of several books for children including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson's Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer's Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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Bear's Loose Tooth 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grandson (4) and I love these books. Friends take care of each through bouts of shyness, storms, colds, etc. We have all the books.
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Klockenteger More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughters (ages 3 and 4) and they love it. We read it often and discuss the rhyming words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, much like the others by Karma Wilson, is a fun read. My kids love the all of her books and this one is no different. The rhyming makes it an easy read and the pictures are wonderfully illustrated. Friendship is always the center theme of her "Bear" series.
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