August 21, 2015

Tooth fairy doesn't exist (in most countries)

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
by Selby B. Beeler
illustrated by G. Brian Karas

If you think that the tooth fairy flies all over the world, you'd be wrong (unless you live in Canada, the United States, Australia, Denmark, or England). Kids may still get money, but it may come from a mouse, a rat, or a rabbit. In other countries, the tooth is buried or thrown into the sea. But the most popular tradition is to throw the tooth on the roof, off the roof, or over the roof.

A little repetitive a times, this is a cheerful compendium of tooth traditions from around the world. It even includes information about tooth anatomy, using clearly labelled diagrams.

Tooth Tales From Around The World
by Marlene Targ Brill
illustrated by Katya Krenina

This book shows what people did before the tooth fairy came into existence. Whether protecting lost teeth from evil witches or offering them to sharp-toothed animals, these tooth traditions are sure to puzzle and delight readers young and old.

So what does the tooth fairy or the tooth mouse do with baby teeth anyway? It's said that the tooth mouse uses the teeth to build his or her castle. To find out what the tooth fairy does, read What Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth? by Michel Luppens.

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