Welcome to The Dental Library Review! In this feature, we will be reviewing and highlighting different children’s books we have collected at our office. Our staff have personally used these books with their own children and have had great reception. Today, we will be going over Tooth Fairy by Audrey Wood.
This story follows Matthew, who just lost a tooth, and his sister, Jessica. Jessica decides she can trick the Tooth Fairy into bringing her treats along with her brother by painting a kernel of corn white. She proceeds to have a vivid dream about the tooth fairy and her magic kingdom. As Matthew’s tooth is placed in the hall of perfect teeth, hers is outed as a fake. The story concludes with Jessica waking up to a loose tooth, excited to have her own (legitimate) visit from the tooth fairy.
Being a picture-heavy book with little wording, this story is likely best for preschool and kindergarten aged children. It would make a great bedtime story for a first lost or “wiggly” tooth before the toothfairy actually comes. Our office likes this book because it avoids the concept of “lost teeth = money.” Matthew receives “treasure” for his teeth, including an apple and a toy car. This could be useful for your household, if the tooth fairy decides to bring toys or snacks instead of cash.
As with all of the story books at our office, feel free to stop by and take a look. In addition to this book, we have a collection of toys, stories and gifts all geared towards children’s dentistry. We want to do everything possible to get your family excited and informed about dentistry and oral health!