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Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Doctor De Soto

by William Steig

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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 |
Summary: This is a story about a dentist who is a mouse but doesn’t operate on any animal that might eat him. Yet, one day a fox with a horrible tooth problem needed his help. The mouse was smart and after he was done with the job he trick the fox and glued his teeth together to save himself from being eaten.

Personal Reaction: I thought the story line was funny and the illustrations were colorful and held my attention and it would also hold children’s attention too.

Classroom Extensions
1.This would be a good book to read to make a puppet skip with.
2.This would also be a good book to read and then talk about each character and their traits.
  taylorspradlin | Nov 18, 2013 |
Summary: This book is about a doctor. He was very small. When he worked on little animals they sat in a chair. When he worked on big animals they sat in the floor. When he had even BIGGER animals he had to be lifted up to their mouths. He was a mouse so he didn’t accept patients who were a danger to mice. He looked out the window to find a fox. The mouse rejected him. Since the fox was in awful pain the mouse decided to go ahead and treat him. He pulled the tooth and made the fox an appointment for the next day. After the fox left he wondered if he should eat the Desoto’s. After the next appointment he teeth were glued together for a day or two. The Desoto’s got to help and not get eaten.

Personal Reaction: I think this is an interesting story for children. It is helping them learn about what dentist do. It is informational. I think this story is unique and I have never read one like it.

Classroom Extension: I think this would be a good book in the category of what career choices there are. I love how it shows so much information. I would like to read this on career day. This is such a cute book!
  TSmith23 | Nov 12, 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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