February was my favorite month as a teacher. There's Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, the 100th day of the school year, Black History Month, and Presidents' Day. It was so fun to incorporate all of those events into our class discussions, reading, writing, art, etc. But, did you know that February is also National Children's Dental Health Month?! Oh yes, in our classroom we heard from special guest speakers (dental hygenists), celebrated how many teeth we'd lost, and read this week's rainbow book--George Washington's Teeth. I know what you're thinking, "A book about dental hygeine and George Washington? That's perfect for February!" Exactly. And this book is an absolute gem. The authors, Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora (with illustrator Brock Cole) present this absolutely true account of how and when George Washington lost all of his teeth--in verse--and it's hysterical! Kids laugh and laugh--and you will too! Here's a little teaser...
"Poor George had two teeth in his mouth the day the votes came in. The people had a President, but one afraid to grin."
Chandra and Comora include a timeline in the back of the book that tells more of the specific details of President Washington's dreadful dental woes. This comes in especially handy when the children ask, "Is this for real?!" Indeed...poor man. (By the way, the story that George Washington had wooden teeth is as much a legend as the story of him chopping down the cherry tree. His dentures were made of ivory.)
Make sure to read this book! And don't forget to brush your teeth!