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Tregebov, Rhea
Illustrated by Helene Desputeaux Toronto, Second Story Press, 1993. 24pp, laminated boards, ISBN 0-929005-51-1 (laminated boards) $12.95
ISBN 0-929005-50-3 (paper) $5.95. CIP

Grades 1 and 2/Ages 6 and 7

Reviewed by Pat Butler

Volume 21 Number 6
1993 November

Sasha is sad that he is the only one in his class that hasn't had a wiggly tooth and that the tooth fairy will never come to visit him. His friends try to make him feel better and one even suggests that the tooth fairy isn't real, not like Santa.

Sasha tries and tries to make a tooth loose. One day his front tooth finally feels different and he is very proud! The tooth becomes so loose that it comes out one night during dinner and he swallows it! How will the tooth fairy know that his tooth is gone? His dad suggests he write a note to put in the tooth box under his pillow and, sure enough, there is money there the next day.

This is a story familiar to many families and as such may be comforting to the child suffering the same fears. However, the suggestion that the tooth fairy isn't real may introduce a concern to hesitant children for which neither the children nor their parents are prepared. Therefore, this is a story best read on a one-to-one basis rather than in a group story-hour.

The illustrations are garishly bright depictions of contemporary school grounds and my trial audience bypassed the strongly coloured drawings in order to grapple with the possibility of a familiar entity as myth.

This is a reasonable addition to the collection aimed at the six- to seven-year-old audience, who are grappling with changes in their perception of the world.

Pat Butler is a freelance librarian in Vancouver, British Columbia
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