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This book was published in 1985, and was one I had read many many times as young child. My parents purchased it for me when I was around 5 and started losing my baby teeth, and I in turn decided to buy it for my daughter who is now losing hers and has an adorable gappy toothed smile .
The story centres on Jessica and her older brother Matthew. Although the kids ages are not mentioned in the book, I assume Matthew to be older, as he is the first to lose a tooth, and Jessica listens wide eyed as their mother explains that every night the tooth fairy flies around with her basket of treasure, and that if Matthew puts his tooth under his pillow, the tooth fairy will leave some of her treasure behind for him.
Jessica is jealous - she wants to get some treasure too, and decides to trick the tooth fairy by painting a kernel of corn white, and popping it under her pillow. Waking later, the two children find the tooth fairy there, and they have both shrunk. The tooth fairy takes them both back to her kingdom, where towering castles are built out of pearly whites - all is going well, but what will happen when Jessicas trick is revealed .
Considering I remembered this book from reading it as a child, right down to the illustrations, it's probably pretty clear that I liked it . I found the writing large and clearly printed, making it incredibly easy to read, and the illustrations on each page were very colourful, with the characters facial expressions giving some insight into their personalities . The tooth fairy looks like a fairy should - honest and kind . Jessica, by contrast, has vivid ginger hair and a sly facial expression. It's a vibrant colourful book that flows very well.
As an adult, I can also appreciate that it would have some use in teaching children to look after their teeth well - there is a particular scene in the story that can be used to illustrate this point, and I have used this section with my daughter to encourage her to take more care in brushing her teeth .
Reading this with my daughter is fun, but as age six she is perfectly capable of reading it alone . In fact, I think children as young as 4 could read this with only a little bit of assistance.
Overall, I'm glad I purchased this for my daughter - it was a book I loved as a child, and going by the amount of times my daughter has read it, I think it is one she will treasure too . It costs £3.97 on amazon.co.uk, and I think this is well worth a buy if your child is either losing teeth or approaching that age .