Reviewed by Me for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com
Ever since young Gaby lost his first tooth, the same ritual has happened--he leaves his tooth in a special envelope under his pillow, and receives three things in return: a silver dollar, a bright shiny penny, and a letter from Gwyneth, his personal tooth fairy.
But when Gaby hears, as children do, that the tooth fairy is none other than his parents, he goes directly to his father for an honest answer. His dad goes on to tell him the story of fairies, and how they had to leave the Earth when people stopped believing in them. Their voice, he says, is what guides the gifts and letter that his father leaves.
I loved this book. Besides being beautifully illustrated, I truly enjoyed the story of magical beings and life that the author desribes. I only offer one word of caution. My children are at the age where one wholeheartedly believes in the tooth fairy, and the other still wants to believe. Unless you want a lot of questions--and probably some tears when the truth is discovered--you might do well to stress to your kids that this is a work of fiction. I, for one, still want my children to carry that hope of magic.
A beautifully illustrated book, 32 pages approximately. Gaby, the protaganist, a boy of about 9, loses a tooth, puts it under his pillow, and wakes up the next morning gets a note from Gwyneth, his personal tooth fairy, and also a silver dollar and a new, shiny penny.The dollar for the old tooth, the penny for the new. For years, Gaby believes in his tooth fairy, till he is older and hears from older kids that sorcereres, tooth fairies, and superheroes are not real. Then, he loses another tooth and does not know what to do. He goes to his dad and asks if his mom and him are his tooth fairy and not Gwyneth. Gaby's dad proceeds to tell him a beautiful and sensitive story full of imagination and wonder and weaves in a way for Gaby to see that there might be a Gwyneth but also that his parents love him very much and are intertwined with Gwyneth. It is a very charming and touching story for kids, who as they grow, lose their sense of wonder and faith, and grow more cynical and disbelieving. Gaby's dad restores his faith in the possiblily that "magic", hope, dreams are real and that his parents love is most important of all.