Polly Peterson knows that baby teeth are for babies like her little brother, Max. And yet she’s the only kid in her third grade class who hasn’t lost a single one. Her best friends, Oliver and Amelia, try to make her feel better, but it’s hard to be cheerful when Zachary, the new boy at school, starts calling her Babyteeth. As if that weren’t bad enough, Polly worries about what to do when she finally does lose a tooth. Can third graders leave teeth under their pillows? Or is the tooth fairy also just for babies?
In this charming and funny book filled with exuberant illustrations, Polly learns that true growth isn’t measured by the teeth we lose, but rather by the friendships we gain.
About the Author
JENNY MEYERHOFF, a former kindergarten teacher, lives in Riverwoods, Illinois. This is her first book. JILL WEBER has written and illustrated numerous books for children and adults. She lives on Frajil Farms in New Hampshire
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Polly Peterson can't believe that she hasn't lost any teeth yet. She is the only kid in the third grade that still has all of her baby teeth. If that wasn't bad enough, Polly is also the shortest kid in the third grade.
It is only a matter of time before the new boy, Zachary, starts giving her a hard time and calls her Babyteeth. Polly is humiliated and does everything she can to help her tooth get loose and fall out.
Her parents don't understand. They hardly even know that Polly is there. Polly's baby brother, Max, is teething, and he cries constantly and uses up her parents time.
Once her first tooth does fall out, Polly thinks everything will work out. She can't wait for the tooth fairy to come and bring her something amazing. Something she can brag to her classmates about. Will it be money? Something better?
Only the tooth fairy doesn't come that night. Soon, Polly gets caught up in a huge lie that she told to cover up the fact that the tooth fairy forgot her.
THIRD GRADE BABY is a great story for any kid who feels that they just aren't like all the other kids in school or any kid who is tempted to exaggerate the truth.
One word of warning to parents...if your kiddo still believes in the tooth fairy, this may not be the book for them as her existence is challenged and accepted as false by most of the characters. Other than that, THIRD GRADE BABY was a fun book for the whole family to share (a parent, an emerging reader, and a listener).