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DRAGON TOOTH by Cathryn Falwell

DRAGON TOOTH

By Cathryn Falwell (Author) , Cathryn Falwell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 18th, 1996
ISBN: 0-395-56916-8
Publisher: Clarion

 ``Oooooowwww!'' wails Sara, in the first line of this book. Her loose tooth hurts but she won't let Papa pull it out, even when he tells her that the tooth is an old dragon roaring in her mouth, and that it needs to get out of the way so the new tooth can grow in. Sara throws a tantrum and knocks over the trash. Then, gathering up the spilled items, she retreats to the garage where she constructs a dragon with big egg-carton teeth. After gently pulling one of the dragon's teeth, Sara is ready to have her own tooth out. Falwell (The Letter Jesters, 1994, etc.) created bold, brightly colored collage illustrations that suit her text well, especially when Sara sails out of the kitchen and into her creative frenzy. In fact, the creation of the dragon is the best part of the book; the rest runs a little too close to bibliotherapy and feels labored. Have it on hand for readers who made it through Lucy Bates's Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth (1988) but want just a bit more encouragement about their own dragon teeth. (Picture book. 5-8)