Dear Tooth Fairy

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Overview

An inquisitive little girl gives the Tooth Fairy a run for her money-and exchanges several removable messages-in this sweet, humorous story.

Dear Tooth Fairy,
Thank you for coming last night. . . . I have a few questions. Why do you want my tooth?

Holly’s tooth has fallen out, but she’s not sure she wants to give it to the Tooth Fairy just yet. She has a few questions to ask first, about how fairies operate ...

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Overview

An inquisitive little girl gives the Tooth Fairy a run for her money-and exchanges several removable messages-in this sweet, humorous story.

Dear Tooth Fairy,
Thank you for coming last night. . . . I have a few questions. Why do you want my tooth?

Holly’s tooth has fallen out, but she’s not sure she wants to give it to the Tooth Fairy just yet. She has a few questions to ask first, about how fairies operate and where her tooth will end up. Luckily, the obliging Tooth Fairy responds- five times! Readers will be tickled to reach inside real envelopes and find Holly’s missives from the Tooth Fairy, including removable letters, a poster, a riddle-teller, and—finally—a shiny fairy coin.

When her tooth falls out, Holly is reluctant to put it under her pillow, but a correspondence with the Tooth Fairy makes her change her mind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unwilling to relinquish the tooth she has just shed, Holly stalls the Tooth Fairy by engaging the sprite in an extended correspondence, the focal point of Durant's (Big Bad Bunny) and Cabban's (Down in the Woods at Sleepytime) unjacketed novelty book. The girl's letters ("Why do you want my tooth? How did you know it had come out?") garner five responses from "2 Tooth House Lane, Fairyland," each of which is contained in a small envelope glued onto the relevant spread. Along with gently urging Holly to give up the goods, the Tooth Fairy's letters also include a gift/bribe: a poster delineating the inhabitants of fairyland, an elaborately folded fairy "riddle-teller" ("How do you make a fairy airy? Take away her F!"). Holly is finally cajoled into putting her tooth under her pillow, and earns a fifth envelope that holds a thank you note, a fairy coin (the currency of the realm is plastic) and, as befits a serious enterprise, a receipt. Drawn to the novelty of the diminutive envelopes and their contents, readers will probably skip right over the obvious main narrative ("Holly read the letter and studied her poster. She liked it very much"). But Cabban's rose-hued watercolors should command their attention. Alternating between scenes of fairy and human domestic life, these girly pictures exude an airy grace while conveying the determination of a young lady who wants to make the most of her fleeting contact with the fairy world. Ages 4-7. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Alan Durant captures the magic of that first lost tooth in Dear Tooth Fairy. Holly is not sure she wants to relinquish her pearly white to some unseen sprite. In a note to the tooth fairy, she poses questions that puzzle many kids: "Why do you want my tooth? How did you know it had come out? Are there lots of tooth fairies or are you the only one? Where do you live?" In the exchange of letters that follow, all enclosed in tiny envelopes, Holly learns about the work of different fairies, their kingdom in Fairyland and the construction of a new throne—made from teeth, of course. By the end, girl and fairy discover a shared interest in riddles—and a desire to continue their correspondence when Holly's second tooth loosens. Luminous watercolors by Vanessa Cabban add to the magical mood and convey beautifully fairy accoutrement: delicate wings, shimmery dust and tiny, rainbow-colored bags to carry their precious cargo. 2003, Candlewick, Ages 4 to 8.
—Mary Quattlebaum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763621759
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 150,836
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Durant is the author of more than forty children’s books. He says, "When I was doing some work with children one time, I met a girl named Lily who had a whole collection of beautifully illustrated letters from the Tooth Fairy. My imagination immediately got to work, thinking about a possible exchange between a girl and the Tooth Fairy and where it might lead. So DEAR TOOTH FAIRY was born." Alan Durant has three young children and lives in Surrey, England.

Vanessa Cabban has written and illustrated several books for children and is also the illustrator of DOWN IN THE WOODS AT SLEEPYTIME by Carole Lexa Schaefer. Of DEAR TOOTH FAIRY, she says, "Everything was tiny and magical in this story. It was irresistible. I wanted to be Holly." Vanessa Cabban lives in Northumberland, England.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    Outstanding book

    I bought "Dear Tooth Fairy" for my niece who is afraid of the tooth fairy because she has never seen her. This is the cutest book I have ever seen and I cannot wait to give it to her. The little fairy notes are just adorable. Sure to be a favorite of hers and mine! Thank you Alan Durant and Vanessa Cabban. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Perfect

    My daughter had an accident and lost a couple of teeth well before the tooth fairy was supposed to come. This was the perfect book to make her feel special. It is the perfect book to explain the tooth fairy concept and the little girl's reticence to give up her tooth is a nice touch. We especially like the little envelopes filled with letters between the character and the tooth fairy.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    One of our family's favorites!

    This book has been a consistent favorite for our three children. Our nieces seek it out just about every time they sleep over. This book is an entertaining and fun way to introduce and explain the tooth fairy. The included notes, pictures, and fairy coin in the envelopes attached on the pages are such a treat for the kids to look at, hold, and read. They feel like true participants in the story. I'd like to thank the author for this book. It's done very well and helped me to "field" a lot of the questions about the tooth fairy that were "thrown at me" by our children. I'd highly recommend this book and am in fact ordering multiple copies today to keep for when my children are grown up and want copies of their favorite childhood books in their own homes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    What a treat!

    We were already familiar with this author and when I saw this book I had to buy it. My 3 year old simply adores reading the little letters and different posters and things. And the gold coin at the end.....WOW! What a treasure to a three old! A wonderful book!

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