Teeth Fairies, a Baby Tooth Tradition
- Author: Ingrid Bencosme
- Illustrator: Laura Watson
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Ages 5-12
- Publisher: (February 20, 2015)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-692-28812-2
- SMRP: $49.99
A Bit about Fairies First:
Fairies or faeries (from Middle English fay) are magical beings. They come in many types and have no gender distinction. Famous ones include Shakespeare’s Puck, Ariel, Oberon, Titania and Barrie’s Tinkerbelle.
A Bit about Today’s Children:
American children grow up on fantasy. Things like Santa Claus’s filled stockings, the Easter Bunny’s special eggs, the Sandman’s good dreams are their rewards for being good little boys and girls. However, the shiny coins that accompany each Tooth Fairy visit come too often with fear and pain. Fact is a child looses 20 baby teeth between the ages of five and twelve at these bloody events. Someone needs to change the game plan.
Enter Ingrid Bencosme, her book Teeth Fairies, A Baby Tooth Tradition, accompanying doll, and keepsake box just in time for National Tooth Fairy Day February 28 and National Children’s Dental Health Month. Filled with personal interactive fun, a place for one’s own name and tooth chart, and a this is something to be read and reread each time it comes and goes over the six years it takes for permanent teeth to replace baby teeth. Plus, its tooth fairy doll is a gentle reminder of a bigger story next time.
Brief Summary of Story:
The head tooth fairy sends every girl and boy fairies in training. They hear children, but children don’t hear them. Every night hey report each child’s personal health habits so everyone gets what the right thing. They return every morning to watch, wait, then reward. Mission complete, fallen teeth like precious jewel go on their crowns for them.
My Opinion Only:
All my grandkids save two have faced the trauma of wiggling teeth AND they did not pass through the ritual happily. Wish there had been something like Teeth fairies, a Baby Tooth tradition to help them through this particular right of passage. Desensitizing before the initial tooth lost is plain old good sense. Reduced fear raises the comfort zone as it encourages dental health and tooth care. One suggestion even though most little kids do not differentiate male/female the way adults do–either make the fairy doll available in both boy and girl models or unisex.
Grandson AL nearing four has yet to lose a tooth. I can’t wait to read this to him when the time is ready. I can only imagine a grinning smile as he says, “Thank you.” That young man is very polite….