Written by Grace Maccarone.
Why do I love these bear books by Karma Wilson?& I love the way the different animals are able to interact with each other beautifully, but still show varying traits particular to their species. I love the way the animals genuinely seem to care for one another. I love the way the characters collapse into naptime after their hair-raising adventures at the end of the stories. I love the repetitive phrases, which make for a fun participatory way for kids to interact during storytimes. But most especially, I love the way the author introduces childhood fears and experiences in a fun way for kids to understand: being noisy, sharing, being afraid of the dark. And, in Bear's Loose Tooth (AR .5, Level 2.2): being afraid of losing that first tooth!
One of the rites of passage, is the loss of that first tooth, somewhere in kindergarten or first grade. Well, in this story, bear is the not so little guy who loses that first tooth! He proceeds from tooth-losing fear, to trying to pull it out with the help of his friends, to finally pulling it out. Our friend, the tooth fairy, makes a small but brilliant appearance!
Enjoy reading this to that fearful child who is just losing their first tooth!