Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 88 user ratings

" I love this! I love that this book is written in words that young children are able to understand, yet it immerses them into cultures that they aren't used to. I love that the illustrations are sketch-like, and that the book is separated into different continents and countries. I also love the creativity of the author for making a relate able topic for children (losing teeth) and finding a way to explore culture through it. Great book! " said.

" The book itself is probably only about 3 stars, but I gave it 4 because it has some great diagrams and an OUTSTANDING author's note. The author's note would be extremely helpful in a classroom writing workshop as part of an exploration on where writers get ideas. I also love the idea of interviews as research which is captured in this author's note as well. On top of all of that, it's a Minnesota author. This book's value as a teaching tool is definitely worth four stars. " said.

" This is a very good book that could be used for a dental unit or teeth hygiene month. It tells about what each culture around the world does with their teeth when they come out. I think it’s a great way to start off a diversity/culture lesson. Another nice thing about this book is that speaks to respecting differences and recognizing how our differences make us unique and special. I would recommend using this book to support lessons as well. " said.

"Honestly I don't know how exciting this book would be to children. It reads like an encyclopedia of tooth traditions by country, each entry a short paragraph told in first person from the perspective of a child. Since many of the traditions overlap, there's a bit of redundancy. I can see it being interesting to a child with a loose tooth and friends or family from different countries. ("What does it say about Mexico? What does it say about Korea?") As a reference book, however, it's great source of information, spanning all the continents and including several indigenous traditions of North America and Australia." said.

"This is a fantastic children's book that illustrates the various tooth traditions around the world. I found it fascinating as an adult to discover that most of the world's children either throws their lost teeth on the roof (straight up so that the replacement comes in straight) or leave them for a mouse to take (one with perfect strong white teeth). Rather than thinking this all was strange and reinforce America's ethnocentric egotism, my own kids (ages 5 and 6) were excited to try some of the other teeth experiments--there were most anxious to try the Argentinian tradition of putting the tooth in a glass of water for the mouse El Ratoncito to drink and leave behind some candy! I'm thinking we're going to buy another copy of this for our kids' dentist office!" said.

" The fairy stealing U.S. version of tooth disposal is soooo in the minority when it comes to how much of the world deceives their children into getting rid of their teeth. Where is our mouse? Why no throwing them over building tops?? Where is our fun sing-song chants??? Such a let down! " said.

" Cool for the waiting room of a dentist! Fun facts about tooth traditions all around the world, very funny and interesting. " said.

" Some of the countries stories are too similar in countries that have enough diversity that another tradition could be found and explored " said.

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