A curious bear's loose tooth teaches him valuable lessons about bravery, tolerance, and the power of a loving family.
Zach's tooth is loose. But what's a bear with a loose tooth to do when his mom tells him to stay away from people, and he's eager for a visit from the Tooth Fairy? Zach is in a bear-y bind. What if the Tooth Fairy turns out to be human? When Zach asks his sister, Leah, what to do, she's too busy with her friends to help. Mom offers some comfort, but it's not enough to calm her little bear's fears. Then Zach's tooth finally falls out. And on a special night, when he tucks his tooth under his pillow--and hopes against hope--something unexpected and magical happens! From the creators of the popular picture books Monday is One Day and Uncle Bobby's Wedding comes an adorable story about the power of believing what's possible.
Zach, a bear with a loose tooth, worries
that the tooth fairy doesn’t visit bears. Older sister Leah won’t confirm or
deny, best friend Harrison doesn’t know, and Mom intones mysteriously, “A bear
can be anyone . . . and anyone can be a bear.” When the tooth falls out, Zach is
determined to stay awake—and is rewarded with a visit from a tutu-clad teddy
wearing a crown of flowers (it’s Leah), who presents him with an apple.
Satisfied, he falls asleep, completely missing the appearance of a diminutive
flying blue bear that exchanges his tooth for a dollar bill. Levine addresses
the concerns of many children who want to believe that magic exists and avails
everyone. Brannen’s sunny watercolor-and-pencil illustrations exude a reassuring
feel, and include many interesting details (Zach’s quilt features oak leaves;
his pillow case acorns). Young listeners will also appreciate the fairy’s
parting gift—transforming Zach’s human doll and Sandy Koufax poster into bears.
For other dental customs, see Penda Diakite’s I Lost My Tooth in Africa (2006).
Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kay Weisman