Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Creative Read for Young Children Who Experience the Loss of Baby Teeth
Creative Story of Learning That New Experiences Can Be Exciting
Young children sometimes fear new things and events in their life. Losing teeth and visiting the dentist are common fears. Tyler Clark Burke's The Last Loose Tooth is a creative picture book with delightful illustrations that teach the life lesson that new things and events can actually be exciting and happy. The tooth fairy can make baby teeth happy when they finally fall out and come to live in the land of the tooth fairy.
Lou is a baby tooth that vows that he will never fall out. He is afraid of new events and new things and this fear results in the fact that he is the last baby tooth left. All of his friends and family have gone to live in the land of the tooth fairy. All of the other baby teeth fell out in a variety of ways. One was even pulled by a dentist. Lou does not want to leave his home in the mouth. He wants to stay where he is. All of the adult teeth are now in and some of them are boring and somewhat disagreeable to Lou. He finally gives up and goes to the Land of Teeth with the tooth fairy. This magical land is actually a fun place. Lou discovers that he can be happy in this new place after all.
Cartoon-like illustrations for The Last Loose Tooth are colorful and creative. Young children will be engaged in all of the conversations that the teeth have about their life in the mouth. The life lesson that new things and events can actually be exciting makes this picture book a valuable tool for parents to teach this concept to young children.
The Last Loose Tooth was published by Random House and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 9780593121443.
Delightful Cartoon-Like Colorful Illustrations Tell the Baby Tooth's Story
Bring The Last Loose Tooth Into Your Early Childhood Classroom
Tyler Clark Burke's The Last Loose Tooth is a delightful picture book to use to teach several concepts in your early childhood classroom. I used picture books as an important go-to-tool in my early childhood classroom and lessons were always centered around the book that I chose for a particular topic.
Losing baby teeth is always an important event for young children. This event can also be a scary event for a young child. The tooth fairy plays an important part in the event of losing a tooth and can definitely make this a happy event instead of a scary one.
*Read The Last Loose Tooth in a story time session. Call attention to the fear that the baby tooth has concerning that fact the he must leave his familiar home in the mouth.
*Create a class poll of the number of children who have lost a baby tooth. Engage the children in a discussion of how they lost their tooth. Did a dentist pull it? Did it fall out while eating?
*Engage the children in a discussion of a visit to the dentist. Invite a dentist to speak to the class and bring any educational tools for the children to have access to.
*Take a class poll of things that the tooth fairy brings when a tooth is lost. There are many parents who get creative when the tooth fairy visits. What have the children received from the tooth fairy?
*Engage the children in a conversation of fear that they have had and how their fear turned into a happy experience.
*Prepare a health lesson or lessons in taking care of teeth. Have young students bring in their toothbrush to use after lunch and snacks at school.
*Prepare a chart with children's names and the dates when they lose one of their baby teeth. Celebrate the day with a healthy snack and a sticker by the child's name on the class chart.
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