George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra

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A tongue-in-cheek dental history of our first President

"Poor George had two teeth in his mouth
The day the votes came in.
The people had a President,
But one afraid to grin."

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. George Washington's Teeth is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Deborah Chandra

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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 Globe–Horn Book Honor Book, and Larky Mavis. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
 
Published February 3, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now It Can Be Told: that severe, square-jawed look that the Father of Our Country flashes in his portraits reveals not only strength of character, but also his struggle to hide the fact that he was nearly (entirely, later in life) toothless by keeping a succession of spring-loaded false teeth in ...

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Cole complements this verse by rendering a sly watercolor twist on Emanuel Leutze's famous painting George Washington Crossing the Delaware, in a full-spread treatment: Washington still stands in quiet dignity, but the boatmen are grinning.

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