Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from around the World (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)


FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth.

Consists of brief statements relating what children from around the world do with a tooth that has fallen out. Includes facts about teeth.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth.

Consists of brief statements relating what children from around the world do with a tooth that has fallen out. Includes facts about teeth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Beeler's first book, children from familiar and remote countries on each continent explain what they do when they lose a tooth. The Tooth Fairy surfaces on several occasions; but for kids from a number of countries, she's replaced by a mouse, a squirrel or another critter. In other traditions, parents fashion jewelry from baby teeth, children wrap a tooth in a piece of food and feed it to an animal or throw their teeth on the roof. Since Beeler organizes her material by geographic region, some spreads featuring similar traditions of neighboring countries become redundant (e.g., Colombia, "I put my tooth under my pillow and wait for a mouse called El Raton Miguelito to take my tooth and leave money in its place," followed by Venezuela, "I put my tooth under my pillow. While I am asleep, a mouse will take the tooth and bring me some coins"). But the variety of customs across the globe compensates for any occasional similarities. Karas's (The Windy Day) cheerful cartoon art shows round-faced kids--many proudly displaying a gap in their smiles--dressed in native garb and often standing near an example of their local architecture. This book will be an eye-opener for young Americans who may have assumed that the Tooth Fairy holds a worldwide visa. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This book describes a variety of rituals for the numerous occasions (usually 20) on which a child loses baby teeth. About a half-dozen countries in a broad geographic region are covered on each two-page spread. For each nation, an appealing youngster dressed in native attire provides one- or two-sentence summaries of local tooth customs. Other than in Germany (an alpine lass perfunctorily states, "I don't do anything special with my tooth") or Lithuania ("I keep my tooth as a keepsake"), children usually reap some benefit from their natural loss-fiscal and/or psychological. Proper baby-tooth disposal ensures a new, healthy, straight tooth and possible money or candy, good luck, health, or even a desirable career. Beliefs presented include the Anglo North American Tooth Fairy tradition; the Central and South American mythologies about El Raton (the mouse); contracts with chickens, the sun, "Mr. Moon," rats, or mice in Africa; and Eurasian exchanges with mice, crows, or squirrels. Also, some folks end up with tooth jewelry. A world map helps with the geography and a couple of appended dental diagrams give youngsters a simple oral overview. In the author's note, Beeler reveals her research techniques, which included everything from interviews on the street to worldwide correspondence. A fun comparative study for the tooth-losing crowd.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Kirkus Reviews
The demands on the tooth fairy are almost as strenuous as those on Santa, but she has some help, because, as Beeler tells it, the customs about teeth vary around the world. In Spain, a mouse spirits molars away, while in Korea the tooth gets tossed up on the roof. An author's note explains how Beeler canvased friends and strangers for their tooth traditions, many of which are similar; there's no attempt to root out the anthropological origins of any of the customs, which makes this a better browsing book than a resource for reports. Karas's illustrations, including his map, are deliberately lighthearted and make people the world over look uniformly friendly. A charming debut. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613442701
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 429,869
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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