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Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Doctor De Soto

by William Steig

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Doctor De Soto is a story about a mouse who is a dentist. Doctor De Soto is the best dentist in town and treats animals large and small. He has one rule, he doesn't treat animals that are harmful to mice. One day, there is a fox outside of his office begging to come in because he has a toothache. Doctor De Soto and his wife decide to treat the fox because he is in so much pain. Doctor De Soto removes his tooth and tells him he will make him a new one. The fox is torn about whether or not he should eat the mice, but decides to wait until after he gets his new tooth. Doctor De Soto and his wife are aware of the fox's possible intentions, so the devise a plan. Once the fox gets the new tooth, Doctor De Soto put glue on his teeth and seals his mouth shut. The mice outfoxed the fox. This is a story that shows the reader that no matter you size, you can use your smarts to defend yourself. As an activity, each student could devise their own plan to outfox the fox. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 2015 |
A children’s book of a little mouse named Dr. De Soto, and his wife. The story of a dentist and his wife, they have a Dental clinic in town. They only served animals that will not eat them, like Cats, and other Dangerous animals. One day a Fox came to their door crying that his tooth was hurting so much. They felt bad for the fox and let him in. Because of their kindness they let him in. Dr De pulls out his bad tooth and had him come back the next day at 8:00. During the night they were trying to figure out a way to stop him from eating them once they finish putting in the new tooth in his mouth. So the next day the fox was there at 8:00 at the door. He placed the tooth in and told him that they had to put a preparation on his teeth that will help him never to have pain again. He made him close his mouth ounce he placed it on his teeth for one minute, and the fox could not open his mouth for a day or two. Dr. De Soto out smarted the fox so that he could not eat them, so the fox had no other choice but to said thank you and went home. Dr. De Soto and his wife were very happy to fix the fox’s teeth and stopping him from eating them.
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The book illustrated many colorful pictures that will keep the children focused on the story, as I read the story the pictures help in the visualization of the story. It helps understand kindness, awareness, Cleverness, and that having teeth pulled out is not that bad. Oh and how Dr. De Soto and his wife out foxed the fox.
Classroom Extensions:
1. The book can be used to talk about the ways we can prevent from having cavities.
2. It will help calm the children in a way where we can talk about how are experience will be when we go to see our Dentist for a cleaning, fix a cavity, and even getting braces.
  Santiago_M. | Jan 17, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book for many different reasons. The main idea of this story is that you should help everyone. The story is about two mice that are dentists. They are the best dentists in town because they are so small and can work in all the tight places. However, the two mice have a rule about doing dental work on any animal that might eat mice. One day a fox comes and pleads them for help. Eventually the mice break their rule and help out the fox. This book shows the reader that even you toughest enemies need help sometimes. Another main idea that was demonstrated was that the underdog could be wiser. Because they didn’t trust the fox, the mice glued the fox’s mouth shut after the operation. This shows that good thinking can outsmart bad intentions. ( )
  bfried10 | Sep 16, 2014 |
This book is about a fox who thinks he can outsmart the neighborhood dentist. He thinks he can pretend to have a toothache, he can eat the dentist and his wife easily. To his surprise, the dentist is on to his tricks. In the end, the fox leaves with a mouth glued shut and the dentist and wife are pleased with the results. ( )
  Kbernard | Jul 18, 2014 |

This is a book about Doctor De Soto who is a mouse dentist. He treats all animals except cats and dangerous animanls. One day a fox came by in a lot of pain and the Doctor broke his own rule to help fix the fox. He thought the fox might eat him and his wife when he was finished helping him so the Doctor glued the fox's mouth shut when he was finished so the fox could not eat him or his wife.

Personal Reaction

This is a children's book that shows that you should never try to trick someone into doing something for you if you are not grateful. The fox wasn't grateful and in the end he had his mouth glued together. This was a funny book with good illustrations.

Classroom Extension Ideas

1. Have the students research what is in a fox's diet and learn about his natural habitat.

2. Have the students add onto the ending of the story and change up the ending.
  JessShaffer | Nov 18, 2013 |
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Doctor De Soto is a well-respected mouse-dentist who runs a successful practice with his wife (and able assistant) Mrs. De Soto. The De Sotos are friendly and professional toward all their patients, from chipmunks to donkeys to cows, the exception being "cats and other dangerous animals," as stated clearly on the sign outside the office. But the De Sotos are tender-hearted rodents, so when a miserable fox shows up begging for treatment, they agree to have a look (perhaps against their better judgment). As it turns out, this fox, with "a rotten bicuspid and unusually bad breath," manages to behave himself while tiny Doctor De Soto is standing mid-molar inside his gaping jaws. When the wily fox returns the next day to get his replacement gold tooth, however, he has mouse-flavored snacks on his mind. Luckily, Doctor De Soto and his wife have anticipated such despicable canine intentions, and find a way to outfox the ungrateful fox.

William Steig, award-winning creator of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, once again offers young readers a clever, amusing tale of interspecies mingling. As usual, Steig's tone is matter-of-fact, and his enchanting illustrations of the responsible mouse couple and their foxy adversary are alive with expression and emotion. Kids will appreciate the De Sotos' wit, and will be delighted to read more about this diminutive couple's adventures in Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa. (Ages 4 to 8)

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Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.

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