From a cave in the forest
came a MUNCH, MUNCH, CRUNCH
as Bear and his friends
all nibbled on their lunch.
Seated outside his cave on the grass Bear is enjoying a midday meal with his forest friends when something in his mouth feels not quite right; that something is wiggling and wobbling.
It was...Bear's loose tooth!
Concerned about his ability to continue to eat with this troublesome tooth his companions reassure him that a new one will take its place and they each try to remove it. But that obstinate tooth won't budge until Bear decides to worry it to and fro with his tongue. Let the celebration begin; that tooth falls out.
Nestled in for the night Bear looks at his tooth placed next to his bed on a plate. As he dreams a tiny winged visitor leaves him a bunch of blueberries in exchange for his tooth. Come morning all delight in consuming this delicious delicacy, that is until...
Jane Chapman's acrylic paintings grace the cover, endpapers and body of this delightful story. Beginning with a scene that spans the front and back covers, to endpapers that once again give readers a view into Bear's cozy cave, a small fire cheerfully burning teapot hanging from his stick tripod, continuing with smaller oval vignettes surrounded by hues of forest greens and blues, and lovely single and double page spreads. A lush scenic forest frames the characters in their life-like colors making them full of expressive animation.
Friendship flourishes in the forest as Bear adjusts with help to this new life's rite of passage. Readers can most certainly identify with his surprise, concern and joy. Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman deliver pure charm using spare rhyme and rhythmic text coupled with bright, detailed visuals that completely invite and engage readers.
Bear's Loose Tooth manages to capture that memorable moment when a grinning child rushes up tooth in hand exclaiming, "My tooth fell out!"