Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Losing baby teeth is of utmost importance to second graders, so Mr. Reilly's class is delighted to discover his Tooth Calendar for recording these momentous events. Lucy does not feel like she can join in the fun, however. She is the only one in her class who has not lost a single tooth. Her spirits sink as her classmates record their experiences, "Charlie August 30th, 10:30 a.m. Going to Gym." And so it continues through the next six months. Finally, Lucy feels a tooth wiggling a bit. When it does comes out, she is on the playground and the tooth is lost as it drops from her mitten. Mr. Reilly and all of the students help her search for it. When it is found, Lucy proudly writes her entry on the calendar, "Lucy February 27, 12:25 p.m. Lost and Found at Recess." An attractive beginning reading book featuring full-color illustrations of a multicultural classroom with a caring male teacher. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Mr. Reilly's class is learning some important new skills. Their teacher has posted a "Who's Lost a Tooth?" calendar on which students are encouraged to record the date, time, and place where the event occurs. Most of the kids add entries, and Lucy begins to feel as if she will never lose a tooth. Of course, she does eventually get to put those important second-grade skills to the test. Appealing watercolor artwork appears on every spread and features a diverse group of children and a likable and fun-loving Mr. Reilly. This is a good transitional reader that may inspire children to keep a log of their own.-Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
Second-grader Lucy is anxious to join the ranks of her classmates who have started losing their baby teeth. Mr. Reilly, Lucy's teacher at West Street Elementary, adds to her anticipation by installing a "Who's Lost a Tooth?" calendar in the classroom, on which each child records the date, time and place of every lost tooth. Everyone but Lucy had already lost a tooth. As the months pass, Lucy watches classmates add to the growing calendar of lost teeth. In February Lucy's thrilled to finally find a wiggly bottom tooth. As luck would have it, Lucy's loose tooth falls out when she's playing tag during recess and she can't find it. After all that waiting, Lucy has really lost her first tooth. Soon she and her classmates are on their hands and knees searching for that important first tooth. The straightforward text in one of Borden's characteristic cycles of linked free-verse poems combines with Gustavson's realistic watercolor illustrations to tell the story; it and its and simple theme prove completely captivating and satisfying. Ideal for tooth-fairy aficionados. (Picture book. 7-10)