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Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Doctor De Soto

by William Steig

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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.

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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 |
I liked this book more than my son (almost 4) did. He'll probably enjoy it better in a couple of years. It was a bit tricky in places to adapt the text to his level of understanding and innocence, and I felt ambivalent about a couple of things. Not quite sure what the message of the story is, but the pictures are really funny and detailed, such as the ones which illustrate how Doctor De Soto goes about caring for large animals, or the picture of the split up stairs (one side for large beasts the other for small). ( )
  Fjola | Oct 17, 2013 |
This witty and charming book is about a pair of mice that are dentistry field. They were the best in their field. Animals of all sizes came to see them, except for the feline type, of course. One day a fox came to their office and was in terrible pain. The mice decided that they could not let the fox be in pain and helped him. The fox had thoughts of eating these mice as they worked to fix his tooth. The little mice were worried about being eaten by the fox and came up with a plan. Witty, delightful, and shows decision making, at its best.

Personal Reaction:
Loved this book! Intelligent and creative little mice. A great read for my children. Fell right in the book and heard my self telling them not to treat the fox.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Can use this book as an introduction into a discussion into bullying.
2. The creative minds of the mice and the contraptions the mice made can easily been added to any cut and paste or big project for older children. Shows that big things happen from little sources. ( )
  LeviLloyd | Aug 29, 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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