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George Washington's Teeth Paperback – December 26, 2007
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Told in four line verse, "George Washington's Teeth" relates an imaginative set of encounters between General Washington and his dentist as the number of teeth in the mouth of the Father of Our Country decreases one by one over the years leading to Independence and the Presidency. Well, that is not entirely true since the authors have Washington losing two teeth the night be crossed the Delaware, but that left him with seven at that point in American history, which is a lucky number that fits the victory at Trenton. Eventually Washington is elected President, which is good, but has no teeth left, which is bad (especially when having your portrait painted). Fortunately, he comes up with a solution.
The first part of "George Washington's Teeth" is pretty whimsical, but then the last part of the book contains a time line of important events in George Washington's life from his own letters, diaries, and accounts.Read more ›
The whimsical illustrations are more than fine, and laid out to support and complement, rather than compete with the words.
A true delight for President's Day, and many others besides.
Complemented by text in rolling rhyme (a subtle poetry) and flowing verse (co-author Madeleine Camora has contributions to several anthologies of poetry for children), this is a book to add to the collection of children from pre-school thru sixth grade.
...and after George had been sitting a bit for his latest portrait to be painted,
"George stood up to have a look,
He fell back on his fanny.
'It doesn't look like me!' he roared!
'It looks like Martha's granny!'"
Famous portraits of George are featured in the concluding four-page Timeline, as well as photographs of his final set of denture, which are "carved from hippopotamus ivory, the plate swaged from a sheet of gold, and springs made of coiled gold wire." This detailed Timeline is based on George's letters, diaries and other historical documents, and provides bibliographic resources for further research.
The final note: "George's account books show that between the years 1772 and 1792, the medical bills for himself, his family and around 200 slaves amounted to $100 per year. By comparison, George's dental bills were $1,000 per year."
Records indicate George's chronic gum disease lead to recurring severe infections, contributing to his demise. Young readers may be concerned about the loss of their own teeth (since this is when "baby teeth" start disappearing).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for reading to 4th graders. If you can find a postcard from Mount Vernon showing GW's actual teeth, you really can get their attention.Published 11 months ago by WendyJ
This is so cute to read to my students when I introduce them to George Washington! I even had them write a poem after we read it!Published 13 months ago by Krista Moore
As a travel writer of educational guides for children, I'm always looking for a book that brings countries, culture, and history to life for children. Read morePublished 20 months ago by The Educational Tourist
My students always walk away from this read aloud with a new found appreciation for oral hygiene! This book is entertaining and interesting from beginning to end. Read morePublished 20 months ago by csmc
My 10 year old could not put this book down. The writer is ingenious and the images are perfect! I would highly recommend this book for the elementary and middle school reader. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by kostlover
This is one of my daughter's favorite books. She went through a very long American Revolution phase and this book figured heavily. But... it is gross! Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Amy - homeschooling mom