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George Washington's Teeth (edition 2007)

by Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora, Brock Cole (Illustrator)

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Title:George Washington's Teeth
Authors:Deborah Chandra
Other authors:Madeleine Comora, Brock Cole (Illustrator)
Info:Square Fish (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:nonfiction, George Washington, teeth, rhyming, rotten, dentist, American Revolution, tooth, decay, gr. k-3

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This whimsical story about George Washington centers around his teeth. Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, the story, which is written in rhyming abab couplets, tells of how throughout the war George Washington was plagued by his rotting teeth. The book ends with him getting a set of dentures made of ivory. Although I enjoyed the story very much, the best part of the book came at the end with excerpts from Washington's personal letters and diaries which gave detailed information about how terrible his tooth troubles were. This allows for history to come alive, allowing children to see that these figures from history were humans with problems similar to things they have seen in their own lives. ( )
  dsniezak | Jan 18, 2016 |
Summary: George Washington loses his teeth one by one and starts to feel ashamed. He calls for his dentist to help him make a set of false teeth and regains his confidence once again.

Personal Reaction: This is such a cute book that shares the story of George Washington's teeth with rhyming. I loved to read along to all the different historical events while Washington was in office.

Classroom Extensions: Make a math craft with beans and a picture of George Washington's mouth. Have students roll dice to add beans (teeth) to the top and again to the bottom. They can then add how many teeth are in his mouth and start all over again.

The students can draw a picture of George Washington and list on fact about him for a "Hall of President's" display. ( )
  Chelsea.DaVoult | Oct 26, 2015 |
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This biography was based off of letters,diaries and other historical events. This book focused on the struggles he had with his teeth. Through out the war and the different battles he lost several teeth. George Washington finally felt comfortable after his dentist made him a set of teeth.

PERSONAL REACTION
I like the message that the story told. This story made me laugh and I enjoyed reading it. It told about very important events during his life.

CLASSROOM EXTENSION
1. This could be used for a history lesson
2. I could have them write about a experience they had with losing a tooth
  christianf | Nov 14, 2014 |
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Based off of letters, diaries, and other historical records, this funny tale describes George Washington's struggle with his teeth while also retelling the events in his life. He had suffered from toothaches during his early years of life, and as he began losing his rotten teeth, he feared that the British would laugh at him. Throughout his life, he had his dentist secretly pull his rotten teeth. Although, by the time he was in his forties and elected President, he only had two teeth left. George Washington finally felt comfortable to smile when his dentist made him a fake set of teeth. The story ends with George Washington attending a ball with his friends, where they dance happily together.

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This story was a really funny biography of George Washington. I really like how the author turned this short biography about George Washington into a rhyming and almost poetry type book. Although the story is about George Washington and his struggle with his teeth, it also tells about all of the important events throughout his life and presidency. It’s really fun and has a goofy portrayal of George Washington, but also teaches children about his importance and history in America. I also like how the book incorporates a timeline of important events in the back to teach children more about his life. It also incorporates real pictures of him at different ages during his lifetime. I think this is a great example of a biography for young children who are just starting to learn about history of the US. ( )
  BrookeMattingly | Oct 27, 2014 |
SUMMARY: Based off of letters, diaries, and other historical records, this funny tale describes George Washington's struggle with his teeth. He had suffered from toothaches during his early years of life, and as he began loosing his rotten teeth, he feared that the British would laugh at him. Throughout his life, he had his dentist secretly pull his rotten teeth. Although, by the time he was in his furties and elected President, he only had two teeth left. George Washington finally felt comfortable to smile when his dentist had made him a fake set of teeth. The story ends with a ball that George Washington attends with his friends, where they dance happily together.

REVIEW: The central message of this book was describing George Washington's teeth during his memorable actions during the Revolutionary war. I thought this book was simple but informative. For example, one page reads, "George crossed the icy Delaware with 9 teeth in his mouth." This text was accompanied by a illustration. The text was simple, but gave information to the reader.
  ekrzys1 | Oct 27, 2014 |
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The creators of George Washington's Teeth unhinge the jaws of history to examine the mouth of America's first president, tracking the poor man's dental woes as he gallops to war, crosses the Delaware, and, with only two teeth left, takes his place as leader of the country. Washington was plagued by black, rotting teeth from the time he was 22, losing about one a year until he was nearly "toofless" and had to have his first dentures made from a hippotamus tusk (that's right, not wood!). Poets Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora begin their quirky historical tale at a lively clip: "The Revolutionary War/ George hoped would soon be won,/ But another battle with his teeth/ Had only just begun..." Indeed. Evidently he was losing teeth even as he crossed the Delaware: "George crossed the icy Delaware/ With nine teeth in his mouth./ In that cold and pitchy dark,/ Two more teeth came out!" (Cleverly, illustrator Brock Cole mimics Emanuel Leutze's famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware," making Washington seem more uncomfortably tight-lipped than dignified.) The story ends happily ever after with the crafting of a nice new pair of ivory false teeth that allow George to dance around the ballroom through the night. Truth be told, however, he would be deeply troubled by his teeth until the day he died. A four-page, illustrated historic timeline of Washington's life (and mouth) completes this carefully researched, very funny, charmingly illustrated picture book that works to humanize a larger-than-life historical figure and in turn, history itself. Brilliant! (Ages 7 and older) --Karin Snelson

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A rollicking rhyme portrays George Washington's lifelong struggle with bad teeth. A timeline taken from diary entries and other nonfiction sources follows.

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