Tired of tooth brushing battles? Try tempting your early grade schooler with this debut picture book and plush set in the tradition of Elf on the Shelf.
If you think there’s only one tooth fairy, think again: “The head tooth fairy’s job is just impossible to do. / So she has a school of fairy friends to help her get to you.” According to this delightfully illustrated picture book, every child has a tooth fairy in training assigned to him or her to help keep an eye on tooth brushing habits. These fairies have to report back to the fairy boss and let her know whether the child is doing a good job; they also note what the child is interested in, so the fairies can plan the best gift for when those teeth fall out. Once the first loose tooth falls out, the fairy can take it back to Fairyland and become an official tooth fairy. The book has spaces for personalization, including an illustration where the child’s name can be placed on a tooth cup and a space for the child to name her fairy. The final page offers a tooth chart, where the date, tooth number, and surprise left by the fairy can all be listed. The child-friendly illustrations feature both children and fairies of different genders and ethnicities, and the text often becomes part of the illustration, with big, bold letters encouraging beginning readers to participate in lap reading. The magic of tooth fairy presents has its usual appeal and is presented here without too much emphasis on the size of the gift (the suggested range is “a coin or special toy”). Some parents may be frustrated with the spying-plush-toy technique of discipline, which, à la Elf on the Shelf and Mensch on a Bench, implies that a toy will leave the house to report a child’s behavior to a disciplinarian; there’s a bit of a Big Brother mentality there. Nevertheless, some parents may find that the technique offers much-needed relief from tooth brushing woes. The suggested price point for the boxed set is quite high in comparison to similar kits, and it offers no personalization of the doll, but the production quality of both the book (with its glittered cover and thick matte pages) and the plush toy are equally high.
Sure to win over young fairy lovers about to lose their first teeth.