Title: Riley’s Lost Tooth | Author: Diane Cantrell | Illustrator: Heather Castles | Publication Date: February 16, 2010 | Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group | Number of pages: 24 | Recommended age: 4+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Oh no! One of Sunday’s very favorite humans, Riley, has lost her tooth! But where did it go? How did she lose it? Why does no one besides Sunday seem to care? It isn’t long before the tooth fairy steps in and tries to teach the pups all about growing up. Join Sunday and her two puppy-pals, Precious and Mr. Lee, as they try to hunt down . . . Riley s lost tooth!
My Thoughts: Is there anything more adorable than your child’s big gap-tooth smile? My son is missing some of his front teeth and when I gaze upon his smile… well, it makes me smile!! Diane Cantrell wrote Riley’s Lost Tooth for her granddaughter as a Valentine’s Day present. I wonder if the real life Riley was warming hearts with her own gap-tooth smile? Hmm….
In the story, Riley loses her first tooth and is so excited to share this news with her family (including her loving grandparents!) Upon overhearing that their favorite little girl has “lost” her tooth, Riley’s faithful pooches – Sunday, Precious, and Mr. Lee – make it their mission to track down and return the wayward tooth to Riley. After looking high and low, they give up their search, when out of nowhere appears the Tooth Fairy who explains what it means when a child loses their tooth.
My kids and I really enjoyed Riley’s Lost Tooth,told in rhyming verse and using beautiful watercolor illustrations. The dogs were adorable in their misguided mission and there were some very funny parts. For example, we all laughed when the dogs get angry at the Tooth Fairy when she tells them she has Riley’s tooth. I really thought it was a clever spin telling the story from the dog’s (uninformed) perspective. The story goes on to explain what it is the Tooth Fairy does when a child loses a tooth; so it reinforces the magic of this special rite of passage for children. I think this is a perfect book to share with children who are just beginning to lose their teeth. Ages 3+
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *
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