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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World Hardcover – September 28, 1998
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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My child who is 6 was just mesmerized by all the info in the book. She is great reader and
she read the book all by herself within half hour drive in the car. It has relatively small print
so I needed glasses when I tried to read it again with her at bedtime but she managed to read
fluetly without any problems.
The book has nifty simple map of the world at the beginning and all the customs are divided
into the geographical regions as in.. North America.. South America.. Central and south Africa..
Australia.. etc.. there are bit more divisions then only continents but not that many more.
It makes totally sense considering that there are different geographical/ethnical regions within
one continent and that is reflected in the custom.
Someone complained in redundancy of the customs but I think that it is not a flow, it is actuall
amazing sociological phenomenont that happens around the world and is reflected in the book..
a child picks up on it quickly as she reads and figures that there are actually similarities
or customs are identical in few countries.. that makes you wonder and you begin to
speculate and analize and make some scientifical discoveries.. as in..
it becames apparently obvious that the countries that were UK colonies share the same custom
as UK.. and then again.. areas where african culture was relocated from africa reflect the roots
of african customs etc.. that is just awsome and the whole deducting by geography thing
makes so much fun for a child.
you can clearly see why and where the similarites are and where they must have orignated.
If I could change anything I would blow the print twice so not only emerging readers could manage
but also parents who can't see withoug glasses :) it is awsome book to share at bedtime with kids
so it makes it a bummer when you can't find glasses or need more light due to the small print.
Make it bigger print and it will be just perfect.
Illustrations are very captivating, simple and to the point and don't overpower the book.
So are the stories.. figure one small paragraph per country or area.. and each has maybe
five or so sentences.. short and very descriptive. Kee your interest up and going...
you just can't put it down.
I found it very interesting myself and I would never ever learn nor had an idea how
many different customs are there in the world regarding the tooth traditions..
I came from area where there are no traditions as such in this regard so it was fun.
The title is fun but so true.. and then others are also non scary for a child
and vary from things like ... puting a toth under the bed for a little mouse to take it
and give you a new one, planting the tooth in the field etc..
yes, scare factor is always important to me so this is zero scary.
Great job in compilating and collecting info and illustrations!!!
As parents we weren't entirely sure we wanted to push the tooth fairy on our daughter as she was more interested in keeping her tooth (for "scientific purposes" and "my memory") than anything else. Learning what other children do (or don't do) with their baby teeth was fun and enlightening for all of us...el Ratoncito Pérez was a fast favorite for all of us.
Losing a tooth is one of the many 'becoming a big kid' moments in a child's life - reading these folk traditions together as a family made it less bitter and more sweet.