Story Time

The Loose Tooth
Submitted by: Victor Schill, Fairbanks
• Pre-school
I Lost My Tooth in Africa by:Penda Diakite
While visiting her father's family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.
Hippo Goes Bananas! by:Marjorie Dennis Murray
As animals tell one another about Hippo's strange behavior, each makes up something terrible to add to the story, until they are frightened that Hippo will destroy the Serengeti itself. It turns out that Hippo has a toothache which goes away when he loses the tooth.
The Prince's Tooth Is Loose! by:Harriet Ziefert
When the Prince explains that the reason he will not eat while on a picnic is because of a loose tooth, the whole kingdom tries to find an apple for him to eat and cause the tooth to come out. And when that happens, then the Prince asks them to find a Tooth Fairy.
Jane vs. the Tooth Fairy by:Betsy Jay
Jane's mom and grandmother tell her that the Tooth Fairy will pay her money for her loose wiggly tooth, but Jane decides that she would rather keep the tooth.
The Tooth Book by:Theo LeSieg
Rhyming text and illustrations briefly point out what animals have teeth, their uses, and how to care for them.
Dental coloring pages can be downloaded at:
Contact the Harris County Public Health/Smile Saver Services for some toothbrushes and activity sheets to hand out promoting dental health to children.
Contact a local dentist to make a presentation about good dental habits for children.