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The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez Hardcover – March 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462967
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—When Miguelito hides his lost tooth under his pillow, he has no idea that he is setting off a power struggle between the English-speaking world's Tooth Fairy and her Spanish-speaking counterpart, El Ratón Pérez. The fairy says, "Here is my tooth!," and the mouse replies, "¡Aquí está, mi diente!" This clever tactic helps English-speaking children learn Spanish phrases, and vice versa. The conflict is resolved when the tooth collectors learn to work together, imparting a universal lesson about sharing and cooperation. Young readers may not consciously recognize this tale as a metaphor for growing up in two cultures, but the story does model how to successfully negotiate a bicultural life by celebrating both aspects of Miguelito's Mexican-American heritage. Lintern's pencil illustrations were edited in Photoshop to give them a sparkly, ethereal quality that perfectly suits this modern fairy tale. The back matter includes the origins of tooth-collecting creatures in the folklore of English and Hispanic cultures. An excellent selection for libraries serving bicultural families.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Review, Through the Looking Glass, June 1, 2010:
"This delightful picture book combines the traditions of Latin countries with those of Anglo Saxon ones bringing together the Tooth Fairy (who is English in origin) and El Raton Perez (who first appeared in a book in Spain in 1894.) Children who are about to lose a tooth will greatly enjoy this story about cooperation and friendship."

Review, School Library Journal:
"When Miguelito hides his lost tooth under his pillow, he has no idea that he is setting off a power struggle between the English-speaking world’s Tooth Fairy and her Spanish-speaking counterpart, El Ratón Pérez.... Young readers may not consciously recognize this tale as a metaphor for growing up in two cultures, but the story does model how to successfully negotiate a bicultural life... An excellent selection for libraries serving bicultural families."

"A marvelous story merging cultures seamlessly and with great humor. Adults will enjoy this read-aloud just as much as kids." —Sandra Cisneros, award-winning author of The House on Mango Street

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The story is clever and captivating and the illustrations are beautiful.
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While I was looking up the history of the tooth fairy mythology, I came across Ratoncito - El Raton Perez, and picked up this book.
Amy Knepper
The Spanish words in the story are explained in the glossary at the back of the book.
Z Hayes

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
René Colato Laínez shares the story that inspired this book on his website. In his native El Salvador, when a child loses a tooth, "El Ratón Pérez, the Hispanic tooth collector" takes the tooth and leaves a small present in exchange.

So what would happen if El Ratón Pérez ran into the Tooth Fairy while both were about to lay claim to a little boy's first lost tooth? El Ratón Pérez declares, "I collected his papá's, mamá's and his abuielito's." Miguelito, sleeps, unawares, while the two struggle over his tooth. When their arguing causes the tooth to almost be lost forever, they decide to form an alliance to retrieve it.

I have known the Tooth Fairy all my life and never suspected there was another character in the tooth collecting canon. The legend of a a mouse in the biz is extends beyond Central and South America to Europe according to the notes at the end. A list of Spanish expressions and terms s also included.

Tom Lintern's El Ratón Pérez is a robust rodent sporting a gaucho look while the Tooth Fairy hovers in a delicate pink frock. Lintern uses a dreamy color palette and includes nice details like English and Spanish language books on Miguelito's bookshelf. The boy's tooth goes missing on that bookshelf, next to the book Tooth Fairy Lore.

The loss of a tooth is an important milestone in a child's life and Colato Laínez and Lintern honor the cultures that celebrate it.

This book will be an outstanding addition to any library and librarians at bilingual schools should definitely consider this title for their collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My seven-year-old always gets excited when she loses a tooth because she looks forward to getting a little something under her pillow, from the tooth fairy! So, when she saw this book, she was predictably excited and wanted to read it. As she read it out to me, we discovered that in Spain, there's a character called El Raton Perez, who is similar to the tooth fairy in that he too collects teeth from children, but uses these lost teeth to build a rocket ship so he can get to the moon which he believes is made of cheese!

The stage is set for a showdown when a little boy named Miguelito loses a tooth. Both the tooth fairy (who covets the tooth for herself since she plans to use it to build a castle) and El Raton Perez race against each other to get to the tooth first. Who will win, and will both characters come to some understanding? It's a delightful story, and a great way for kids to learn about another culture. The Spanish words in the story are explained in the glossary at the back of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on August 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Miguelito's tooth falls out he puts in under his pillow and goes to sleep. The Tooth Fairy and El Raton Perez fight for tooth while Miguelito is sleeping. Both feel they have a right to it.

"The Tooth Fairy smiled, shaking her wand. "I am the Tooth Fairy, and here in the United States, I collect children's teeth." She tugged at the tooth. "No, no, no," said El Raton Perez, tugging back. "This is Miguelito's house, and I collected his papa's, mama's and his abuelitos teeth. Miguelito's tooth is mine."

The two go back and forth until they eventually agree to work together and share the tooth. I loved this story. It reads very well aloud and the illustrations are beautiful. Colato Lainez's text and Lintern's illustrations are spot on perfect together.

In the author's note, Colato Lainez tells readers a little about the history of The Tooth Fairy and El Raton Perez. I really appreciated this since, El Raton Perez who collects the teeth of children in Latin America countries was new to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Knepper on May 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After the tooth fairy visited our house again, the kids wanted to know more about her. While I was looking up the history of the tooth fairy mythology, I came across Ratoncito - El Raton Perez, and picked up this book. Since we have been studying Spanish, the kids picked up on the Spanish words right away and loved the history in the back about the way different cultures view a lost tooth.

In the story, the Tooth Fairy and El Raton Perez fight over who gets Miguelito's tooth. El Raton has taken the teeth of all his family in the past and needs the shiny teeth to build a rocket ship to the moon. But Miguelito lives in the Tooth Fairy's territory, and she needs the teeth to build her castle. Ultimately, they have to work together to recover the tooth, which is almost lost during the fray.

It helps if you are familiar with some Spanish before reading this book - mostly words like diente (teeth) and abuelitos (grandparents), which might be difficult if you don't already know the pronunciation. There is a list of words and their meaning in the back, and the words are written in such a way that they make sense in the story even if you don't know them.

I highly recommend this one. My 8-yr old and 6-yr old loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donna McCune on June 11, 2013
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Author writes bilingually and each of his stories tells a bit of his own life. Here is North and South American collectors of teeth who meet and by combining their abilities are able to form a friendship. Great way of showing how cultures can accept and enjoy their differences and similarities.
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More About the Author

Hi! I am Rene Colato Lainez, and I write bilingual picture books for children. I am also a bilingual teacher at Fernangeles Elementary.Come on in and celebrate the pleasure of reading in English and Spanish. My goal as a writer is to produce good multicultural children's literature; stories where minority children are portrayed in a positive way, where they can see themselves as heroes, and where they can dream and have hopes for the future. I want to write authentic stories of Latin American children living in the States.

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