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April and Esme Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham
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Apr 07, 11

bookshelves: tooth-fairies, picture-books, quirky, favorites, sweet, borrowed-from-the-library
Read in April, 2011

April (7 ¾) and Esme (6) are the daughters of tooth fairies. One day, April gets a call on her cell phone – from a client with some very specific instructions – she wants the girls to collect her grandson Daniel’s tooth. She gives them directions to her house and April and Esme rush home to prepare. Their parents are a little concerned that their girls are too young, but eventually they allow them to go (with lots of preparation, reminders, and hugs). The 2 new tooth fairies carry out their mission with only a few hitches (they also check in with mom via cell) and return home after their adventure – sleepy, but triumphant.

This is a sweet, funny, and empowering tale. The parent tooth fairies are willing to let go just enough to allow their girls some independence and they offer plenty of warmth and support along the way. The love and respect everyone in this tooth fairy family has for one another is evident in both text and illustrations. The fairies are hippies – there’s lots of tie-dye, nature-lovin’, windchimes, and other details that adults are likely to notice (do kids even know what hippies are?). They’re just like any other close, caring family, except they have wings!

Excerpt:

“This is important, April,” said Dad. “To Daniel you are a…a…spirit of the air. You are magic. He must never see you.”

“Magic? Me?” said April.

Mom found a string bag. “For the coin going out – and the tooth coming back,” she said. “Send me a text if you need to,” she added.
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