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Tabitha's Terrifically Tough Tooth (Phyllis Fogelman Books) Hardcover – May 1, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Tabitha's stubborn tooth isn't merely dangling from her top of her mouth it's literally cantilevered over her lower lip. Every attempt to coax it free fails, but just when it looks like the Tooth Fairy will be giving Tabitha's house a pass that night, the girl erupts with an explosive sneeze, and out pops the tooth. The payoff comes on the final page: a tiny tooth fairy alights on Tabitha's bed. British debut author/artist Middleton gives this oft-told story new life with full-bleed, mixed-media illustrations handsomely rendered in sapphire, russet and grassy green. Her cartoony style masks its own sophistication with childlike touches, e.g., the colors don't quite reach the penciled borders on her figures. She creates movement with gestural lines and via surprising views, as in a spread about Tabitha jumping on a trampoline, with the girl represented only by her toes as the rest of her flies out of range. By composing almost every one of the pictures along a single plane and virtually eliminating any background detail, Middleton accentuates Tabitha's appealing gangliness. And Tabitha's faithful sidekick, Henry, is a little jewel of cat a plump, orange fellow whose deadpan expressions wittily embody feline solicitude. Ages 4-8.

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 1-A welcome debut. Tabitha tries to help her wobbly tooth fall out, but nothing works. Dancing only makes her tired; with a string tied around its middle, her tortoise takes two steps and falls asleep; her dad's Venus flytrap captures-a fly. Fed up and out of ideas, Tabitha realizes, "There'd be no visit from the Tooth Fairy tonight." Then, she sneezes, and out pops her tooth. At the end, her outstretched arms and grin say it all, with only a note to the Tooth Fairy, "Please take care of my tough tooth." The understated yet focused text captures the desire, determination, and disappointment that can surround this powerful event in a child's life. While the text provides the content, the illustrations add the pizzazz. Each two-page spread is bold and aggressive, with solid expanses of deep, muted colors. White is used to a minimum, effectively allowing Tabitha's teeth to reign supreme. A free-flowing black line delineates each image. Although Tabitha's dad talks to her, no adults are depicted; her fat cat plays a central supporting role, watching or participating in every scene to deadpan comic effect. This book, with its focus front and center on Tabitha's dangling dilemma, creates an invigorating, warm experience for readers.

Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Series: Phyllis Fogelman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803725833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803725836
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poor Tabitha is trying EVERYTHING to make her loose tooth come out including; dancing around her bedroom, bouncing on a trampoline even tying a string around it and attaching it around her turtle! But try as she might her stubborn tooth just WON'T come out and just as she was about to give up "AAHHCHOO" she sneezes and out comes her tooth, just in time to put under her pillow for the tooth fairy!
A fun little story with whimsical, bright illustrations. My daughter loves this book and so will your little one!
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By A Customer on February 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Parents and Teachers of the 5-7 year old losing first teeth will want to share this inventive book with their children. Tabitha has a loose tooth and tries a number of ways to make it come out. In the end, it pops out with a sneeze!
The story is amusing and that's enough reason to enjoy it with your children. For those who are helping children succeed in the task of learning to read, this is a great example of the solutions-tried story structure. Read it for enjoyment all the way through first. Then read it to identify the story elements and discuss all the solutions Tabitha tried. The actual solution to the problem of getting the tooth out was an accident, so that adds interest. In discussing the story, use sequence words such as first, then, next, and finally. This conversation should be fun!
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