Cover image for Loose tooth
Title:
Loose tooth
Author:
Suen, Anastasia.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Peter can't decide if he wants his loose tooth to fall out because if it falls out, he will have a gap in his smile for the school pictures, but money from the tooth fairy will help him buy a new basketball.
General Note:
Based on characters created by Ezra Jack Keats.

Viking easy to read book.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 58774.
ISBN:
9780670035366
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's class photo day, and Peter has a looth tooth. If he loses the tooth, his smile will have a hole in it, just like in last year's picture. Then again, he'll get money from the tooth fairy, which would help him buy a new basketball!


Author Notes

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Anastasia Suen and Ezra Jack Keats' The Clubhouse. Gr. K-2. Like Willie's Birthday(2001) andHamster Chase(2001), these books in the Viking Easy-To-Read series are based on the characters created by the late Ezra Jack Keats, and the setting is Peter's multiracial, inner-city neighborhood. In The ClubhousePeter and his friends find a pile of old wood in a vacant lot, and, with the help of a kind store owner, they build a place to play. As in many of Keats' picture books, a game is at the center of Loose Tooth.Peter is trying to hold on to his loose tooth so that he won't have a hole in his smile for the school photo. He loses it in a game of basketball against the tough kids from Room 3, but he still finds good reason to smile. The combination of the wild action on the court and the personal story makes this a winner. In both books bright, active pictures, which blend watercolor with collage in Keats' style, will bringbeginning readers into the pages. Hazel Rochman.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Ezra Jack Keats's characters come together at the bus stop on picture day, and Peter hopes his loose tooth will stay intact until the photo is snapped. His friends, Amy, Archie, and Lily, offer support and carry the story forward with believable, easy-to-read dialogue. Their round of pickup basketball may not accurately reflect the abilities of children this age, but emerging readers will enjoy following the game, which brings the narrative to a satisfying end despite the fact that Peter's tooth falls out. Eitzen's distinguished, double-page illustrations feature well-scrubbed characters with endearing faces; they are crisply imposed on cityscapes that reflect the look and colors of Keats's mixed-media illustrations. A story that celebrates friendship, basketball, and the legacy of the author/illustrator.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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