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George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra

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
Tags:history, rhyme, president, dentistry

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George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra



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This book was really amusing and entertaining to read. The book begins with George Washington having all of his teeth and slowly losing them. He loses teeth everywhere! Whether he is at war or at home, his teeth are falling. When he loses all of his teeth at the end, he finds a way to replace with fake ones. The cool thing is this is really based on what happened to him. According to the important events in George Washington’s life, which is located at the end of the book, he lost his first two teeth at the age of 22. I believe that students can get so much out of reading this story. For me, I would have them count down by subtracting how much teeth he had by how much he lost. I would also go into details about the history of George Washington and what he accomplished. I highly recommend this book and love the illustrations presented. ( )
  Diana_94 | Apr 20, 2016 |
"George Washington's Teeth" is a humorous book that is based on Washington's own diaries and letters. The story tells the embarrassment and fear Washington had as he slowly was losing his teeth during the time of war. It is an entertaining and interesting story to read, especially since it is written in rhyme. The illustrations are colorful and old fashioned, which fits the time period the story was taken place in perfectly. This story introduces our first president to children while telling his story in an enjoyable way. At the end of the book, there is a timeline of George Washington's life that also quotes letters and diary entries he has written about his teeth. Overall, adorable story that is educational at the same time. ( )
  hjaber | Apr 14, 2016 |
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 |
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.

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.

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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For Sam and Nathan and Sharie
with love
For my father, Emanuel M. Comora, D.M.D., who gave me the idea
For Donald F. Cole, D.D.S.
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The Revolutionary War
George hoped would soon be won,
But another battle with his teeth
Had only just begun...
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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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