George Washington's Teeth

Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora; Pictures by Brock Cole

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A tongue-in-cheek dental history of our first President

"Poor George had two teeth in his mouth
The day the votes came in.
The people had a President,
But one afraid to grin."

From battling toothaches while fighting the British, to having rotten teeth removed by his dentists, the Father of His Country suffered all his life with tooth problems. Yet, contrary to popular belief, he never had a set of wooden teeth. Starting at the age of twenty-four, George Washington lost on average a tooth a year, and by the time he was elected President, he had only two left! In this reverentially funny tale written in verse and based on Washington’s letters, diaries, and other historical records, readers will find out what really happened as they follow the trail of lost teeth to complete tooflessness.

Illustrated in watercolors with subtle humor by Brock Cole, the main story is followed by a four-page time line featuring reproduced period portraits of Washington.
 
George Washington's Teeth is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for George Washington's Teeth

"A highly palatable historical morsel." --Starred, Publishers Weekly

"This accurate and intriguing slice of history should find a place in any elementary school library." --Starred, School Library Journal

" ...breezy, sympathetic, carefully-researched vignette...[one] that will have readers feeling the great man's pain - and never looking at his painted visage the same way again." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

" Illustrator Cole is at his absolute best here, totally at ease with the human gesture and expression...This is history for youngsters that will stick; it's wild and fun and factual, without a trace of mockery." --Starred, Booklist

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About the Author

Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora; Pictures by Brock Cole

Deborah Chandra’s previous children’s books include A Is for Amos, which Publishers Weekly called “a charmer” in a starred review. She lives in Altadena, California.

Madeleine Comora is an author and poet who lives in Glendale, California.

Brock Cole is the author and/or illustrator of many books, including the picture books Buttons, a Boston GlobeHorn Book Honor Book, and Larky Mavis. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

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George Washington's Teeth
Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora; Pictures by Brock Cole

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Parents Magazine, Best Children's Books of the Year, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Booklist Editors' Choice, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
February 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374325343
ISBN10: 0374325340
Picture Book Nonfiction
8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, 40 pages, Includes full-color illustrations throughout, a timeline, and source notes
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3 Information for Librarians

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AR Quiz Number: 64968
AR Book Level: 6.5
AR Points: 0.5

$16.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
December 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312376048
ISBN10: 0312376049
Picture Book Nonfiction
8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, 40 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: -L
F&P Level A-Z: N
AR Quiz Number: 119757
AR Book Level: 5.1
AR Points: 4

$7.99
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