'Dear Tooth Fairy'
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Tooth Fairy," by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick,
published by Katherine Tegen Books-an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ages
Review by Marlene Perry
"Dear Tooth Fairy" is one girl's story
about that universal event which signals that a child is leaving
babyhood behind. Six-year-old Claire writes her first letter to the
Tooth Fairy, stating that she doesn't have "even one wobbly tooth
yet" and she is worried about it. After a few more letters have been
sent, Claire receives a reply, thanking her for writing and
reassuring Claire not to worry. This begins the sweet relationship
between innocent little Claire and her "Tooth Fairy."
Claire's letters continue to express
her No. 1 concern, but she also begins to share her daily life in
this exchange of letters. Readers learn what events consume young
Claire's life (and most other 6-year-olds): her best friend, Amanda;
Jimmy Clarke, the annoying bragger on the playground; an upcoming
birthday party; and planning her costume for Halloween. Claire's
Tooth Fairy responds with gentle advice about being patient, taking
good care of her teeth and how Claire can make it easier for the
Tooth Fairy to locate a lost tooth under her pillow.
Of course the story progresses with
Claire discovering that finally one of her teeth is loose, followed
by the inevitable long (to a child) wait for the tooth to fall out.
"Do you think it's ever going to come out?" she writes. But before
the Tooth Fairy can reply, Claire writes back in typical childhood
fashion: "Don't bother to read my last letter because my wobbly
tooth came out today!"
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As Claire writes once more to thank the
Tooth Fairy for the dollar she left, readers can feel assured that
this friendship and exchange of letters will continue, when Claire
says, "I don't want to rush you, but when do you think I'll get my
next wobbly tooth?"
Your child will probably love hearing
about Claire's tooth dilemma. Loosing that first baby tooth is
understood to be a tangible sign of leaving babyhood behind and
getting on with growing up, which so many children (but not
necessarily their parents) are impatient to do. "Dear Tooth Fairy"
explains to children that the age they will loose a tooth and how
long the process will take is different for everyone.
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's watercolor
illustrations will also be reassuring to children. They are colorful
and contemporary in content but still convey that soft, "magical
fairy" quality of the story.
To check out
this book and others, visit the Lincoln Public Library at 725 Pekin
St. or call (217) 732-5732.
[Marlene Perry, Lincoln
Public Library District]