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Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Doctor De Soto

by William Steig

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This book is about a mouse who is a dentist. This dentist would not let in any animals that liked to eat mice. This was only for his safety, but one day that changed. He let in a fox who was in a lot of pain. He then realized that the fox might eat him and his wife when he returned the next day for his new tooth. So they mice came up with a plan to keep them safe. When they fox returned the next day the mice tricked him into putting glue on his teeth so that he could not eat them. The fox was out smarted but the tiny mice.
I was not a big fan of this book, but it was interesting to see how they out smarted the tricky fox. I think that the only interesting part that had my attention was when they revealed what they had actually put on the foxes teeth. The rest of the book was not very interesting and had to keep my attention focused on reading it.
An extension could be that the fox comes back and tells them what he was thinking and how he felt. This could help the mice make decision on not to let any more foxes in at any time. Another extension could be to show that the De Soto’s take their sign down and allow animals to come in. This can help their business and just use the same trick as they did on the fox. This would be a nice extension because it could allow the story to continue and showing all kinds of mice eating animals coming to get their teeth fixed. This could also show rare animals coming to so that children would see a new animal that is not often seen. ( )
  hollym0714 | Nov 18, 2015 |
Summary: Dr De Soto is a dentist working on the community animals. He works on small and large, all animals, except those of which are harmful to mice, to protect him and his wife; his assistant. One day, a wolf cries from pain, asking for help from Dr. De Soto. his wife talks him in to working on him. The fox has a tooth that needs to be pulled, and Dr De Soto does just that. The fox was relieved and was contemplating whether or not it would be wrong to eat the mice after the work was complete. Dr De Soto instructed the fox to return the next day so he could place his replacement tooth in his mouth, getting him ready to go. The fox agreed and was ready to return. The next day, the fox had it made up in his mind that he was going to eat both Mr and Mrs De Soto once his mouth was completely done. When his new tooth was put in place, Dr De Soto and his wife offered him a new unique treatment they had made that would protect him from ever getting a tooth ache again. The fox was more than willing to receive such a unique and wonderful treatment. After the treatment was applied, the dentist instructed for the fox to clinch his teeth shut for a complete minute. When the minute had passed he informed the fox that his jaw would be glued shut for a good day or two for the treatment to be complete and to have a good day. The fox was saddened as he was outwitted by the mice. No mice for dinner that day.

Personal Reaction: This is a funny story in how the story line proposed a clever twist to the ending. Great way of introducing new vocabulary pertaining to oral health.

Extension Ideas: Literature Circle over what they would do or how they would react if they were the fox or Dr De Soto. I can also have the class elaborate on the characters and their traits in how they were in the story.
  aortiz | Nov 17, 2015 |
The cover was actually very misleading, as I thought it would be a cute book, but in the end, I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the illustrations but the writing was not very good and the plot was boring. I really liked the illustrations because I feel like it matched the written style. One example of this is when the doctor is taking care of the donkey's teeth; the image shows that with lots of colors. I did not like the writing, as it felt very plain and not engaging. An example of this is that when describing the fox, it is just called a well dressed fox with a bandage around his jaw; no colors, no other descriptions. It leads to a very boring imagination. I also did not like the plot, as I felt it was a bit boring and not very interesting. The reason I say this is that the main plot point does not show up till almost half way through the book, and it's how to not get eaten by the fox he is working on. I feel like this provides no substance to the book. The main message for this book, if there is on, is to be cunning and to always be prepared for the possibilities of an action. ( )
  taylorsmith11 | Oct 23, 2015 |
38 months - O recognized the illustration style immediately as the same person who drew Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. :). A dentist mouse working in the mouth of a fox. Can that possibly go well? ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
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 |
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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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