The Story of the Tooth Fairy

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How did children first come to leave lost teeth under their pillows? Read this original fairy tale for one whimsical answer: Emily thought she must be dreaming when she met a young fairy named Glynnis, but soon they were friends. And when they exchanged gifts that night, they started something special for children and fairies everywhere.

Author Biography: Tom Paxton, author of The Story of the Tooth Fairy and The Story of Santa Claus, lives in ...

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Overview

How did children first come to leave lost teeth under their pillows? Read this original fairy tale for one whimsical answer: Emily thought she must be dreaming when she met a young fairy named Glynnis, but soon they were friends. And when they exchanged gifts that night, they started something special for children and fairies everywhere.

Author Biography: Tom Paxton, author of The Story of the Tooth Fairy and The Story of Santa Claus, lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tom Paxton has been an integral part of the folk music community since the Greenwich Village scene of the early sixties. His classic songs, including "Ramblin' Boy," "The Last Thing on My Mind," and "Bottle of Wine," have won him the admiration of fans all over the world. He hosted the acclaimed BBC Radio series "Tom Paxton's America" and was chosen as honorary chairman of the board of the World Folk Music Association. He has created six songbooks, thirty-two albums, and countless memorable concerts. Philip Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner noted, "What seemed like the entire audience was singing along. No one told them to, or directed them-they just were.

Paxton's songs, inspired by everything from family love to homelessness and recorded by such diverse stars as Willie Nelson and Placido Domingo, have stirred the emotions of three decades of audiences. Paxton is also finding ways to influence a new generation through such beloved children's songs as "My Dog's Bigger Than Your Dog," "Going to the Zoo," and "The Marvelous Toy." Under his children's label, Pax Records, he has released several acclaimed albums, including Suzy Is a Rocker, winner of the prestigious Parents' Choice Gold Medal.His children's music has led him into a successful new career as a picture-book author. "I love the way books inspire songs and vice versa," he says. "But, most important, I have a real sense of discovery in having found yet another place where I belong."

Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe praised Tom Paxton for "applying the same tools he developed for adult audiences to his children's songs, giving them an intelligence, wit and lack of condescension too rarely heard in today's booming children's music market."

Tom Paxton lives in East Hampton, New York, when he is not on tour. He and his wife, Midge, have raised two daughters, Jennifer and Kate.

When seven-year-old Emily and the fairy, Glynnis, exchange a tooth for a coin, the Fairy Queen announces the renewal of friendship between mortals and fairies.

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New York Times
Charming.
New York Times
Charming.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"The flush, prettily bordered illustrations, aglow with velvety colors and old-fashioned storybook charm, serve as a fitting backdrop for this unabashedly romanticized tale," according to PW. Ages 5-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Paxton (Going to the Zoo, reviewed above) explores the origins of the tooth fairy myth in this fetching picture book. Fairies have fallen out of favor with mortals, but the strain in relations is repaired when Glynnis, a fairy child, befriends Emily, a young mortal, and the two exchange tokens of their affection. Not just any token will do, however-according to the Fairy Queen, it must be something "only a mortal could give." It's not hard to guess what that turns out to be-a tooth, of course, and Glynnis sets a precedent and creates a name for herself in the fairy world by offering a coin in return. Sauber's plush, prettily bordered illustrations, aglow with velvety colors and old-fashioned storybook charm, serve as a fitting backdrop for this unabashedly romanticized tale. Pure fluff-and pure fun. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
Who was the first tooth fairy, and how did the custom of exchanging gifts for lost teeth actually start? Paxton seems to have discovered this lost story and has shared it in this charming tale, beautifully illustrated by Sauber. Many years ago, mortals and fairies were friends and they believed in each other's goodness. Somehow a rumor was spread that fairies caused trouble, and the friendships ended. The fairies were quite saddened by the loss of their former companions, but then a brave fairy named Glynnis met a kind and trusting mortal named Emily. This story is about how peace and friendship were restored between fairies and mortals, thanks to Glynnis and Emily. It is as close to the truth (or "tooth") as we will probably ever get.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2This precious, overly long tale accounts for the origin of a familiar customthe exchange of a coin for a tooth. Emily, a country girl bedecked in white ruffles, discovers Glynnis, a fairy child, in her idealized, old-fashioned farm garden. Their chance encounter offers the fairy queen an opportunity to renew the lapsed friendship between fairies and mortals. She asks Glynnis to visit Emily and bring back a token of friendship that only a mortal could give. Emily has a loose tooth; the rest is history. The text, with its contrived plot and lack of conflict, is condescending. The lush art, depicting a trio of auburn-haired females, two of them wearing colorful butterfly wings and trailing gold dust, is more saccharine than sweet. David Christiana's A Tooth Fairy's Tale (Farrar, 1994) presents the tooth fairy as the Sandman's daughter and involves some conflict, while Jean Richardson and Mike Dodd's Jenny and the Tooth Fairy (Oxford, 1988; o.p.) describes the adventure of a modern child and a tooth fairy. Pass on Paxton's fanciful concoction. Most parents could spin a better yarn.Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688175238
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 10.77 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton, author of The Story of the Tooth Fairy and The Story of Santa Claus, lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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