Librarian: Mary Graf, youth services librarian at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction
Book: Doctor De Soto by William Steig
Age range: 4 to 7
Librarian Mary Graf's Summary: "Doctor De Soto is a clever story about a mouse dentist who takes pity on a fox with a toothache. After removing a rotten tooth and replacing it with a gold one, Doctor De Soto and his assistant trick the hungry fox by gluing his teeth shut. Hilarious!"
"It is such fun to read the line 'Frank oo berry mush.' That always gets a laugh, and I invite kids to put their teeth together and repeat it, and see what else they can say with their teeth glued together."
Moral of the story:
"Doctor De Soto would make a great follow-up for a trip to the dentist. The obvious lesson: Brush your teeth every day so you don't end up like the poor fox."