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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World Paperback – September 24, 2001
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Children from countries on each continent explain what they do when they lose a tooth, including throwing their teeth on the roof. PW called this volume "an eye-opener for young Americans who may have assumed that the Tooth Fairy holds a worldwide visa." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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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.