4 out of 5 stars
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Do you know a child who has lost a tooth or will in the near future? Then, the adorable and colorful picture book, Where's Hare's Tooth? by Lois Solverud, is the perfect read for your youngster.
Hare has a tasty carrot for a snack one day and notices his tooth is missing. After the initial shock, Hare begins looking for his tooth. Though he believes other animals have taken it, Hare cannot find his missing tooth easily. It’s only when Bald Eagle convinces Hare to retrace his steps is when Hare discovers what really happened to his tooth.
The best part of this children’s picture book is the illustrations. They are vibrant and inviting for any young reader. It’s also very fun to see Hare’s very expressive facial expressions as he tries to figure out where his tooth could have gone.
When thinking about what could be improved, the book’s accuracy comes to mind. For example, there is one page where it shows Hare’s other outfits, which are exact replicas of his fur, are draped in his room as he looks in his underwear for his missing tooth.
In regards to another area that could be improved is Hare’s automatic negative views of other animals. He immediately blames other animals for stealing his tooth even though none were there when it first went missing. This seems unnecessary and is very off-putting. On the other hand, this could be used as a teaching tool. Parents and/or guardians could have the conversation with their youngster about how one should never place the blame on others when there is no proof to backup said accusation.
This was a simple and well-illustrated book that children can enjoy. The inaccuracies and unkind assumptions are minor areas of improvement. Therefore, I give Where's Hare's Tooth? by Lois Solverud four out of five stars.
Children from preschool to young elementary age would enjoy this simple book. It can be used as a starting point for when a child will begin losing their teeth. Parents, guardians, and teachers can also use this children’s book as a teaching tool to not unnecessarily place the blame on others.
Where's Hare's Tooth?
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