George Washington's Teeth

George Washington's Teeth


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312376048
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 96,482
Product dimensions: 8.51(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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. His newest picture book, Good Enough to Eat, will be released in Fall 2008 by FSG. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

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George Washington's Teeth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JulianeAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of how George Washington may have lost his teeth. It shows different scenes that may have occured to cause him to lose his teeth. This book was kind of funny for me since it is possible that he might have lost most of his teeth on some of his voyages. I also like how it could teach students to take care of their teeth. I would relate this to the classroom when we choose a week to focus on cleanliness and the care of brushing one's teeth to keep them healthy.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very funny, great rhyme scheme-story of George Washington and how he lost all his teeth and had to get dentures.
patsila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
very clever rhyming book recounting the real history of George Washington's teeth. I learned as much as my son did! Useful timeline inside the back cover.
Stephanyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is appropriate for the grades pre-k through third. Students would probably enjoy this book because history about George Washington is told in a humorous way. George Washington's teeth falls out as he goes to fight the British, at Valley Forge and even while crossing the Delaware river. When he becomes president he is ashamed to smile and believes that everyone will laugh and make fun of him. At the end George finds replacement teeth and celebrates by dancing around the ballroom with his friends. Also after the story ends there is a timeline of important events in George Washington's life. Uses in the Classroom:- Used as a fun introduction for a history lesson.- Teach a lesson about teeth and how to keep them strong and healthy.- I would ask the students how they feel when they lose their teeth and have them write about it.
BellaTheBookGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is the true story about how George lost his teeth.My Thoughts:I love the book and the drawings. I like it when he looks at a painting of himself and says it doesn't look like me it looks like Martha's granny!
stevekep32 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny book about George Washington and his historical travels. Each event, he loses a tooth. Good for President's day. and good for introducing some presidential history for primary grades.
misstribb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious and entertaining book that tells of the life of George Washington. It gives a light-hearted spin on a crucial time in American history. This would be a great asset during a history lesson about the Revolutionary War or a lesson on George Washington. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers of all ages!
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George Washington¿s Teeth is funny book about GW¿s teeth and how he lost them. Throughout the book he loses his teeth while fighting in the Revolutionary War. But this story also has a funny twist to it; it rhymes! This book is a book directed toward little kids, but in the back of the book, after the story, there is a timeline of GW and his teeth!! That is pretty cool.As a student I like how the book rhymed. It helped the book flow very nicely and made the story funny. I loved how there was an actual timeline of his teeth at the end of the book. This allowed me to see what really happened to his teeth and what they looked like.As a teacher reading this story I liked how the story was presented. It was presented in a way that made history fun and enjoyable to read for younger kids. That is a major part of looking for books with younger students (will they enjoy it?). I believe that this book would be a great way to get students involved in history, especially with the time line in the back.
shelbyweryavah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a bibliography of George Washington, but it is only of the time period in his life that he loses his teeth. This is a cute book that will help the students remember to brush their teeth.I liked this book. It reminded me of when I didn't want to brush my teeth. I would read this book while the whole school is doing the dental hygene week. We would talk about reason for why Goerge Washington could have lost his teeth. We would also decorate tooth brushes so the students can look forward to brushing their teeth.
librarianlou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has two parts. The first is a comical rhyming story about George Washington and all his teeth woes.The back of the book reveals extensive research about GW and his teeth from primary documents.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A lovely collection of pastels about historic moments with George, in rolling rhyme, and humorous verse. While aimed at K -Grade 3, this book will be enjoyed by older readers as well (including adults, although they may find it irreverent). It's a great selection for older siblings to read aloud to elementary students. Demonstrates the need for dental hygiene. The grand four page timeline '...from his own letters, diaries, and accounts' is well designed- even has pictures of George's last set of dentures (and they were NOT WOODEN). A painting of G. W. in 1776 shows a scar from an abscessed tooth. George tried to retain this natural teeth, spending over $1,000/year on dental bills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's the real truth on our first President's tooth! No, he didn't really have a set of wooden teeth. But, poor man, the Revolution wasn't the only battle he fought. We learn in this delightfully illustrated book that from the age of 24 he lost a tooth a year. Hence, by the time he reached the presidency there were only two teeth left. (Their whereabouts in his mouth seem to be unknown). Based on historical records as well as Washington's letters and diaries this is a sprightly, fascinating account of the root of his problem (pun intended). Youngsters will learn a bit of history as well as enjoy a rollicking good read. For instance, they'll learn about Washington crossing the Delaware, and that he then had only nine remaining teeth. He didn't have too many teeth to chatter during the frozen winter at Valley Forge as there were only seven left. According to a letter Washington wrote he did at one time wear false teeth secured by wires hitched around his remaining teeth. His last set of dentures were made by a Dr. Greenwood, and carved from hippopotamus ivory. This is a well researched book complete with excerpts from Washington's letters and diaries. Witty pastel illustrations enhance the text. For all ages.