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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World Hardcover – September 28, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395891086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395891087
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Eat your heart out, tooth fairy. According to the informal research of the author, the world is full of other, equally fascinating myths and traditions about what happens, or should be done, when those milk choppers part company with childish gums. If you come from Chile or Costa Rica, your parents will have the tooth made into a charm. If you're Venezuelan, you put the tooth under your pillow and hope that a mouse brings you money. (Oddly enough, mice, milk teeth, and money are associated all over the world.) Playful illustrations by G. Brian Karas include a world map, plus lots of fun depictions of the world's dentally challenged junior inhabitants. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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They love to learn about different tooth traditions from around the world.
Tracey Craft
I just happened to stumble upon it on my kindle, read a good review of someone who came across it at a dentist office.
Julie
I use this book as a reference when I do dental education for all of our county's K and 3rd graders.
Betty J. Wakefield

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
We found this book in our dentist's office and it kept my kids occupied with no thought of their about-to-happen visit. What a stroke of brilliance to have this in the waiting room. When we left, I saw an older man reading it and he had a big smile on his face. My dentist said she's been giving a copy to graduating dental students ... of course. My cousin's graduating from dental school next spring, so I'm glad to have THAT gift problem solved. Besides, it's fun to read. Who would have thought that tooth-losing traditions would be different all over the world? My kids started asking what else is the same but different with kids in other countries--good question.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. G. SFAELLOU on March 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Even though this book was written primarily for children, as a folklorist I found it most enjoyable and discovered so many fascinating traditions that are not recorded in any folklore archives. Here every single continent is represented and we learn how children of different nationalities dispose of their lost milk tooth. Of course, it is only to be expected that a few obscure examples have not been included. For instance, there is no reference to the old Cornish custom by which "children's first teeth are burnt to prevent dog's teeth or 'snaggles' - irregular teeth coming in their stead" (M.A. Courtney "Folklore and Legends of Cornwall", 1890, rep. 1989, pp. 156-7). Moreover, there is no mention of the Maltese custom of burying the tooth in a flower pot so that the new tooth (like the plant in the pot) will emerge (Pullicino, J.C. "Studies in Maltese Folklore", Malta Univ. Press, 1976, rep.1992, p.245). Yet there are so many fascinating examples, most of which were unknown to me. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Greek custom of throwing the milk tooth onto the roof ( a custom I was interested to learn is also pracitised in Korea and Taiwan). Infact, in Greece the throwing of the tooth onto the roof is accompanied by the reciting of a little rhyme which can be loosely translated as follows: 'Take sow my tooth and give me an iron one so that I can chew rusks'. In some regions of Greece, it is a mouse not a sow which is invoked. Therefore I was interested to see how the mouse also features in several parallel traditions throughout the world. For instance, we learn that Spanish children believe that the mouse Ratoncito Perez will substitute the tooth under the pillow for money or sweets(candies) as will his French counterpart La Petite Souris.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a second year dental hygiene student and have recently been reading many tooth fairy tales. I loved the way the author showed the similarities as well as the differences of the world tooth traditions. I brought the book into our college clinic; those that had the chance to read the book loved all the different stories as well. Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World, by Selby B. Beeler, was a joy to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The kids love this book! Concerned about losing their baby teeth, the kids with whom I've read this book are intrigued to learn that they are not the only ones in the world who lose their teeth and do something special with them. A must-read for the tooth-losing age group!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have been sending this book to friends whose children are reaching the tooth losing age. It provides an interesting perspective on the many odd traditions around the world. My friends have liked the fact the book is not US-centric, but instead spans the globe and various cultures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on December 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
What an awesome read! It had never occured to me that children in other countries may not have a "tooth fairy" experience. I purchased this book for my pre-K class (none of the kids have lost any teeth yet, but are really looking forward to it!) Children in many countries around the world are visited by "El Raton" a rat or mouse who comes during the night to take away lost teeth and sometimes replaces them with money or gifts. My favorite country in this book was Brazil. In Brazil, the birds come to take lost teeth- but only if they are clean. Dirty teeth mean no money is left for the child. This is a great encouragement for Brazilian children to brush their teeth every day! Great for 5 to 12-year-olds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Wakefield on September 8, 2004
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I use this book as a reference when I do dental education for all of our county's K and 3rd graders. It allows us to discuss the tooth fairy (children love that) and cultural diversity. While talking about the tooth fairy, we are allowed to discuss that while we may celebrate life events differently, we are all the same, regardless of our skin color or where we live. Buy this book for your children, your grand children, and your friend's children. You will love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Salmon on January 16, 2014
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We don't do the tooth fairy and I wanted to expose my daughter to other traditions. This book was nice, but many of the countries were repetitive. I with they would have just grouped them together instead of having seperate paragraphs that basically repeated.
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