Tooth on the Loose

By Susan Middleton Elya; Jennifer Mattheson (Illustrator)
(Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780399244599, 32pp.)

Publication Date: June 19, 2008

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An original take on losing a tooth.

This little girl has tried everything to make her loose tooth come out before her dad?s birthday (except letting her brother yank it) so she?ll have money to buy him a gift. Nothing has worked and now it?s the big day. She just can?t go to his party empty handed! At the last second, her mom helps her think of a gift that doesn?t require any money?just imagination and heart. I have no dinero, this card?s all I?ve got. / But, Papi, te quiero, I love you a lot. And her dad couldn?t be happier.

Susan Middleton Elya?s trademark mix of Spanish vocabulary and fun verse combined with vibrant paintings by Jenny Mattheson will inspire lots of homemade gifts (and patience with loose teeth).

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