A few weeks ago, I reviewed Spike the Mixed-up Monster by Susan Hood. (You can find that review HERE.) One of the special things about Spike the Mixed-Up Monsters is that it has Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text. Today, I am excited to be reviewing another of Susan Hood’s books. This one has French words sprinkled throughout the text.
Written by Susan Hood
Illustrated by Janice Nadeau
Kids Can Press 2012
Ages 3 and up
Themes: Tooth Fairy, Modern Fables
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) This finely rendered fable introduces readers to the Tooth Mouse, France’s version of the tooth fairy, and to Sophie, a sweet young mouse who must prove she is brave, honest and wise enough to take over this important job.
Opening: Once long ago, atop an ancient cathedral in France, there lived a small mouse who would NOT go to bed.
“Shush, chérie,: said the roosting dove. “It’s time to sleep.”
“But I’m not sleepy,” said Sophie. “I want to play Tooth Mouse. Cranky old cats can’t catch me. Watch this!” And Sophie executed a perfect pas de chat.
Then Sophie stopped. She heard a noise.
It started with a scribble-scrabble. Then a scuffle… then a scramble.
With a jump and a jeté, Sophie was away.
She followed the sound down… down…around…and around…
…until she found herself in the great hall of the cathedral, where a crowd of mice had assembled.
HERE is a link to review in the New York Times.
Resources: In the back of the book, there is a list of tooth traditions around the world. HERE a downloadable Tooth Tracker sheet that comes with the Tooth Mouse’s Tips for Tip-Top Teeth! from Susan Hood’s website. HERE is an online tooth mouse coloring page. It can be printed and colored, too. HERE a unit named, Let’s Talk Teeth with several activities. HERE is a website for writing fables.
Why I Like This Book: Learning about the French version of the tooth fairy is a wonderful way to talk with children about different cultures at a young age. In this sweet story, little Sophie seems the most unlikely of all the candidates to be able to complete three difficult tasks to become the replacement for the old Tooth Mouse. Her bravery, honesty, and wisdom in completing the tasks make the reader root for Sophie to fulfill her desire and become the replacement for the old Tooth Mouse. The ending is especially endearing, but you will have to find that out for yourself. The French words sprinkled throughout give the book a special charm. The illustrations are beautiful and just perfect! The illustrator, Janice Nadeau, is a three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Illustration, Canada’s most prestigious literary prize.
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.