The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez
The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez
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Annotation: When Miguel loses a tooth, two legendary characters come to claim it--one who is responsible for collecting teeth in the United States and one who has collected the teeth of the boy's parents and grandparents.
Catalog Number: #4208173
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Lintern, Tom,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-582-46296-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-582-46296-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009016782
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Mexican-American Miguelito loses his tooth and so begins an amusing battle between the Tooth Fairy and El Raton Perez. Colato Lainez keeps the storytelling lively with bilingual exclamations seamlessly embedded in the dialogue between the two tooth-seekers. Through a series of entertaining misadventures the tooth seems unattainable until the rivals agree to work together. Lintern infuses the pixie Tooth Fairy with glowing pastel colors while portraying the dashing El Raton Perez with contrasting earthy hues. To perhaps signify the characters' common goal and eventual collaboration, the illustrator uses the same pale pink for the fairy's wings and the mouse's ears. After El Raton Perez uses el diente to fashion a rocket ship to visit the moon, the Tooth Fairy gets the tooth to help build her sparkling castle. And not only is Miguelito rewarded with two shiny coins under his pillow, but readers are treated to a clever introduction to two charming folk customs. (author's note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly

When Mexican-American Miguelito loses a tooth, a twinkly Tooth Fairy and her Latin American counterpart, El Ratón Pérez (an intrepid, Spanish-speaking rat) both show up. A tug-of-war ensues: “This is Miguelito's house, and I collected his papá's, mamá's, and his abuelitos' teeth,” says the rat. But mid-squabble, the tooth goes flying, requiring them to work together to get it back. Laínez's creative story approaches the topic of cultural identity with humor and grace, while newcomer Lintern's colored pencil illustrations give it a sense of nocturnal whimsy. Ages 4–7. (May)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 When Miguelito hides his lost tooth under his pillow, he has no idea that he is setting off a power struggle between the English-speaking world's Tooth Fairy and her Spanish-speaking counterpart, El Ratón Pérez. The fairy says, "Here is my tooth!," and the mouse replies, "¡ Aquí está, mi diente !" This clever tactic helps English-speaking children learn Spanish phrases, and vice versa. The conflict is resolved when the tooth collectors learn to work together, imparting a universal lesson about sharing and cooperation. Young readers may not consciously recognize this tale as a metaphor for growing up in two cultures, but the story does model how to successfully negotiate a bicultural life by celebrating both aspects of Miguelito's Mexican-American heritage. Lintern's pencil illustrations were edited in Photoshop to give them a sparkly, ethereal quality that perfectly suits this modern fairy tale. The back matter includes the origins of tooth-collecting creatures in the folklore of English and Hispanic cultures. An excellent selection for libraries serving bicultural families. Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
Word Count: 740
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 136397 / grade: Lower Grades
Miguelito wiggled and jiggled his loose tooth until one night, it fell out.
“Yay!Mi diente,my tooth,”he said, and put it under his pillow.
Soon Miguelito fell asleep.
Far away in her castle, the Tooth Fairy read fan letters, counted coins, and searched for addresses.
When she saw a star begin to twinkle in the sky, she rushed for her magic wand.

“Fantastic! The signal!” she said. “A new tooth!”

Excerpted from The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez by René Colato Laínez
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The Tooth Fairy has some competition.
Meet El Ratón Pérez, the charming and adventurous mouse who collects children’s teeth in Spain and Latin America.
When both the Tooth Fairy and El Ratón Pérez arrive to claim Miguelito’s tooth, sparks fly under the Mexican-American boy’s pillow. Who will rightfully claim his tooth?
This magical tale introduces a legendary Latino character to a new audience and provides a fresh take on the familiar
childhood experience of losing one’s tooth.

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