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 Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Marc Brown.
This book follows the characters and basic plot line of the popular Arthur books and TV show. In this story, Arthur looses a tooth and wakes up to some money from the Tooth Fairy. His sister, D.W., is both confused and jealous that she hasn't lost a tooth yet. After much deliberation (and a few attempts to prematurely remove teeth), she comes to the conclusion that she can trick the Tooth Fairy into visiting her. After catching wind of his sister's plan, Arthur decides to entertain D.W. by swapping her decoy tooth for a few dollars.
In addition to being a great story, this book is a part of the Step into Reading learning program. This system categorizes books into five levels to encourage gradual development of reading skills. Being a "step 3" book, Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy is generally appropriate for first through third graders who can read on their own. It introduces some new vocabulary and has a fun set of stickers to match the words. A second set of stickers is also included, with instructions on writing your own story about Arthur and his friends.
We love this book because it is an excellent story with fun additional content. We also feel this book would be great for younger siblings experiencing some "tooth fairy jealousy." As with all the stories we review, feel free to check it out at your next appointment. We are always happy to do anything we can to get your family excited and educated about dental health topics!