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April and Esme by Bob Graham
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Mar 29, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: picturebookparty, tooth-fairies, picture-book, magic
Read in March, 2011

I love how the young tooth fairies are depicted as regular elementary school kids with wings. I am so delighted to not see teeny tiaras. The little dog with wings living in April and Esme's home looks quite huggable.

At almost eight years of age, April's off on her first job retrieving a tooth. The young tooth fairies have many of the same issues children have, especially the one about being old enough to do something. April is incredulous when her mom says she has to be magic and unseen by the boy whose tooth April must claim. Mom is very dressed up for her night of work with a white gown and flowers in her hair. Dad's still in stay at home clothes.

As April and Esme forge onward, the wind buffets and turns them. Landing on the doorstep, they help one another under the door. When they look up the stairs, April and Esme get a sudden jolt of perspective. When the little boy wakes up for a moment, April and Esme turn to their wits and a cell phone to figure out what to do.

Charmingly illustrated, April and Esme would be great with a dental health unit or comparing world traditions about lost teeth. I like the picture of the hairdryer blowing one of the fairies around.

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