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LOOSE TOOTH by Lola M. Schaefer


by Lola M. Schaefer & illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-052776-5
Publisher: HarperCollins

Losing that first tiny tooth is a huge event in the life of a child, celebrated here in this beginning easy reader from the I Can Read series. A little boy with curly blond hair is the first-person narrator, describing the condition of his loose tooth and his attempts to dislodge the tooth through wiggling and eating. The rhyming text is simple but clever, told in very short sentences with repeating sentence patterns and a catchy refrain. Wickstrom’s loose watercolors with thick outlines provide additional humor, with distinctly different looks for each member of the boy’s family. While this entry works well as a beginning easy reader, it will also be popular in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms as a read-aloud and will fit right in to story hours with dental themes. (Easy reader. 5-7)