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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World [Paperback]

Selby Beeler , G. Brian Karas
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Book Description

Sept. 24 2001
What do you do when you lose a tooth? Do you put it under your pillow and wait for the tooth fairy? Not if you live in Botswana! In Botswana, children throw their teeth onto the roof. In Afghanistan they drop their teeth down mouse holes, and in Egypt they fling their teeth at the sun! Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth. Selby B. Beeler spent years collecting traditions from every corner of the globe for this whimsical book, and G. Brian Karas adds to the fun, filling every page with humorous detail. He perfectly captures the excitement and pride that children experience when a tooth falls out.This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Informational Texts)

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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.

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By MMs
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is just what we wanted to have as we journey into the "losing teeth" phase. It's packed with traditions, and as we read we saw how a handful of traditions keep popping up in various cultures. Every two-page spread covers a region of the world: North America (including U.S., Canada, Mexico, Native America--Yupik, Yellowknife Dene, Navajo), Central America and the Caribbean (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica) South America (including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile), and on and on. It contains much information, and we were not able to read the whole book in our allotted "bedtime story" time, but we read the rest the next day. It is not a story of fiction, but rather a concise view of many different tooth traditions around the world--rather like a wonderful encyclopedia (and no one should be surprised by that fact given the title!) It has also now prompted our family to ask our friends from different countries what they do with their teeth when they lose them. The pictures in the book are enjoyable and helpful in getting a quick glimpse into many different cultures. It is a perfect "present" for a child / family entering this new phase. It came the very day my daughter lost her first tooth, so I thank Amazon once again for their awesome speedy delivery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! June 19 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. Sept. 25 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for friends with kids Nov. 19 1998
By A Customer
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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