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George Washington's teeth / written by Deborah Chandra & Madeleine Comora ; pictures by Brock Cole.

By: Chandra, Deborah.
Contributor(s): Comora, Madeleine | Cole, Brock [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003Edition: 1st ed.Description: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0374325340 (alk. paper); 9780374325343 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Health -- Anecdotes -- Juvenile literature | Tooth loss -- United States -- Anecdotes -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 973.4/1/092 Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2004Summary: 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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Gift of Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Delta Omega Chapter International Honor Society in Education.

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

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2004

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-In 28 rhymed, four-line stanzas, Chandra and Comora tell the sad story of George Washington's teeth. Beginning with the onset of the Revolutionary War, the countdown takes poor George from just about a mouthful of painful, rotten teeth to a state of complete "tooflessness"-and then to a pair of entirely successful dentures. Cole's watercolor cartoon illustrations are just right, giving comic vent to George's despair, hopelessness, fevered attempts at finding his teeth, and final triumphant, toothy strut at a ball. A beautifully illustrated four-page time line shows portraits of the dentally challenged first president and photos of his homegrown, incredibly uncomfortable-looking dentures, made of gold and hippopotamus ivory. (Contrary to legend, Washington never had wooden ones.) Given that his death was probably hastened by an untreated infection from old root fragments in his gums, this is not only a historical treatise, but also a great lesson in dental hygiene. Paired with Laurie Keller's antic Open Wide: Tooth School Inside (Holt, 1998), it could be used as a real-life example of the havoc wreaked by bad teeth. With 17 sources listed as contributing to the art and dental information on the time line, this accurate and intriguing slice of history should find a place in any elementary library collection.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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<p> 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.</p> <p> Madeleine Comora is an author and poet who lives in Glendale, California.</p> <p> Brock Cole is the author and/or illustrator of many books, including the picture books Buttons , a Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Book, and Larky Mavis . He lives in Buffalo, New York.</p>

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