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The Very Beary Tooth Fairy Hardcover – February 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439439663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439439664
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-A small bear named Zach is told by his mother that he should avoid humans because they are "dangerous and unpredictable," but he chances to hear a human mother tell her son, who has just lost a tooth, that he should expect a visit from the tooth fairy. Zach, who is also about to lose a tooth, starts to worry: is the tooth fairy human and dangerous? After reassurances from his sister and mother, all ends well. The uncluttered watercolor illustrations help tell the story and emphasize the theme that "anyone can be a bear and a bear can be anyone," as Zach's mother says. There seems to be too much going on for a young audience to absorb fully. The illustrations also add to the confusion. Zach and his sister are dressed similarly to the two human children; Zach carries a human boy doll and the boy carries a bear (both dressed alike); the fairy is a bear; she waves her wand and a male baseball player in a picture above Zach's bed and the cub's doll become bears instead of humans. Finally, his sister Leah dresses up like the tooth fairy to reassure him at one point. For a wonderful book about everyone being able to do and be anything they choose, suggest Mary Hoffman's Amazing Grace (Dial, 1991).-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Zach, a bear with a loose tooth, worries that the tooth fairy doesn’t visit bears. Older sister Leah won’t confirm or deny, best friend Harrison doesn’t know, and Mom intones mysteriously, “A bear can be anyone . . . and anyone can be a bear.” When the tooth falls out, Zach is determined to stay awake—and is rewarded with a visit from a tutu-clad teddy wearing a crown of flowers (it’s Leah), who presents him with an apple. Satisfied, he falls asleep, completely missing the appearance of a diminutive flying blue bear that exchanges his tooth for a dollar bill. Levine addresses the concerns of many children who want to believe that magic exists and avails everyone. Brannen’s sunny watercolor-and-pencil illustrations exude a reassuring feel, and include many interesting details (Zach’s quilt features oak leaves; his pillow case acorns). Young listeners will also appreciate the fairy’s parting gift—transforming Zach’s human doll and Sandy Koufax poster into bears. For other dental customs, see Penda Diakite’s I Lost My Tooth in Africa (2006). Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kay Weisman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Murrell on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What happens when a bear loses his tooth? Is there a bear tooth fairy? A little bear, named Zach, overhears a human discussing the tooth fairy. Zach’s mom has told him that humans are dangerous and unpredictable. Now Zach is worried that the tooth fairy is a human. After losing his tooth, he becomes too scared to go to sleep. But his mom was right when she said bears could be anything they wanted to be. The illustrations cover almost every page and help to tell the story as much as the words do. The book handles the issues of a lost tooth and fear very well and age appropriately. It also showcased kindness and understanding shown by the older sister. The target age is preschool children, but my 6 year old son, who just lost a tooth, was very entertained. I appreciated some of the larger vocabulary that was used throughout the book; which led to a discussion with my four year old.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Westfall on July 13, 2013
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A wonderful and delightful book! I read this to my daughter's first grade class earlier this year, and they were all entranced by the story and the illustration. Since most of the listeners / co-readers were experiencing missing teeth, this was a particularly relevant book for that group as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Gillespie on March 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What a great marriage! Arthur Levine's story and Sarah Brannen's watercolors are a perfect match. I like how this story continually raises questions for me. Such as: Because this bear is so lovable, so much a child himself that humans would love him. So why is he warned to stay away? He wears clothes- he's really just another kid like the diverse bunch who he sees picnicing.
And- isn't Zach's dilemma the same as any minority child- how to fit into a world that doesn't look like him? He wants to be a baseball player; but they are human, not bears. The conclusion is a sweet ribbon around some of these questions and Ms. Brannen's pictures are the poetry to Mr. Levine's prose. I think kids will be charmed over and over again.
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