Tooth Fairies and Jetpacks
Written by Kurt Fried
Illustrated by Patrick Meehan
This is a heart-warming story told as a series of letters between 2 little sisters and their tooth fairies.
I really liked the idea of the tooth fairies actually being scientists, I also liked how the author gave accurate information to the reader. My children learnt a lot from it, especially since one of my children has recently lost a tooth.
I felt that it portrayed fairies in a modern, more feminist way, after all these weren’t just regular fairies dressed in frilly pink tutus and holding a twinkling wand. They were highly educated, trained, professionals looking to find a cure.
Its a simple yet engaging story which my class enjoyed reading too (4-5 year olds) and they are tough to please!
This story bought on a lot of discussion, like personal experiences, whether they believed in fairies, whether they had ever met or seen one. I felt that because the fairies weren’t represented as they usually are, the boys in my class found it very exciting too.
The Illustrations are beautiful and they work very well with the text. There’s so much to look at, its bright, colourful and looks very fun!
This book has already been read multiple times in my home and again for my class. Children keep asking for us to read this at story time and want to read it themselves when ever they can! They all love the pictures too.
There were so many follow on activities that can be done with this story – sequencing, thinking about the next adventure – What happened on their Jet-pack ride? Letter writing to fairies, designing their own Jetpacks. Hiding ‘teeth’ and drawing maps so friends can follow and find them(which is a great way to teach children positional language). We even had a dentist roleplay area for the children to become the tooth fairies. But, I have to say, the best activity was making our own medicine/potions to help find a cure!
Should you buy this book? Yes! Your children or class will love this, I hope this becomes a classic one day. Its something that can be read again and again.
I give this book 5/5 lilies!
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