The Tooth Fairy

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In the wordless storyboard format and soft pastel drawings that have become his trademark, Peter Collington offers an enchanting solution to the age-old mystery of what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth! He follows an industrious tooth fairy on an arduous night's work of creating a perfect silver coin and exchanging it for a precious baby tooth. Back in her cozy parlor, she lovingly transforms her prize into a new ivory key for her broken piano, then sits down to play a tune. The trade edition includes a ...
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Overview

In the wordless storyboard format and soft pastel drawings that have become his trademark, Peter Collington offers an enchanting solution to the age-old mystery of what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth! He follows an industrious tooth fairy on an arduous night's work of creating a perfect silver coin and exchanging it for a precious baby tooth. Back in her cozy parlor, she lovingly transforms her prize into a new ivory key for her broken piano, then sits down to play a tune. The trade edition includes a make-it-yourself tooth box for commemorating a milestone of every childhood—losing the first baby tooth.

A resourceful tooth fairy goes to great lengths when a little girl loses a tooth.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Picture-book collectors and parents of preschoolers will surely want to find a space on their bookshelves for this splendid work. As in Collington's The Angel and the Soldier Boy and On Christmas Eve, exquisite, minutely detailed art relays a wordless story. When a girl loses a tooth at bedtime, she places it in a tiny "tooth box" that she slides under her pillow. Soon a tiny fairy wearing an ethereal white dress and a crown of roses flies from her home within the trunk of a tree to a trap door hidden in the forest floor. It leads to a cavernous mine, where-using a large furnace to melt the metal and a mold to shape it-she fashions a silver coin. At last the fairy enters the girl's room, retrieves the small box and exchanges the coin for the tooth. Readers of all ages will be delighted to learn exactly what this dedicated fairy does with the newly fetched tooth in the inventive, heartwarming conclusion. Somewhat out of sync with the elegant feel of the book, the final page contains a tooth box and coin to be cut out and assembled. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Gretchen Hesbacher
Putting a child's tooth under the pillow is common practice, but did you ever wonder what the tooth fairy does before and after she exchanges that tooth for a coin? This meandering picture story shows the tooth fairy's activities before tooth pickup, prior to, and after coin delivery. That tooth fairy sure is industrious- you'll never guess how she recycles the tooth! The picture sequence in this story may be a trifle confusing at times but the illustrations and "camera angles" are great! The book even comes with a tooth box to cut out for storing the child's baby tooth under the pillow.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2This book provides interesting answers to children's questions about where the tooth fairy gets her money and what she does with the teeth. Through a series of wordless pictures, Collington shows how she does her thing. When a young girl loses her tooth and puts it under her pillow, the tooth fairy makes the coin all by herself, from mining the metal in a deep underground cave to the final casting. She then exchanges it for the tooth, which she takes to her workshop. There she painstakingly cuts it into slices that exactly cover the top of one of her piano keys. There is no magic here, just hard work and skill. There are many details to pore over in these finely executed colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations. On many of the pages, several vignettes of various sizes are laid out on a white background. This allows the eye to move uninterruptedly from one drawing to another as if watching a motion picture. The sequence in which the tiny tooth fairy struggles with the huge bed pillow is very funny. There is much here for the young to enjoy and ponder, either by themselves or with the help of an older friend.Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Lauren Peterson
Collington's intriguing wordless picture book offers an imaginative chronicle of a night in the life of a hardworking tooth fairy. The story, which unfolds through an intricately detailed series of clear, amazingly realistic pictures, draws us into a magical world that seems to exist right outside our window. Believers and nonbelievers alike will follow the tiny fairy's journey with great interest as she reveals her source of money and the fate of those precious baby teeth. Although the make-it-yourself cardboard tooth box included at the end of the story may need to be removed before circulation, the book is still a quality wordless story and as such will be an invaluable resource for teachers working with nonreaders or youngsters in ESL or inclusion programs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679871682
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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