My big sister’s tooth fell out.
I wondered, what do children around the world do when a child loses a tooth? Put it under the pillow for the tooth fairy? Throw it on the roof like my Grandma did in the Tetela culture?
When I asked Grandma, she said, “Let’s go to the library to learn more about different cultures responses to children losing their teeth. We can play our favorite games on the way.”
“I spy with my little eye something that’s red - the word on it begins with the letter ‘S’,” I said.
“A stop sign! Now, let’s count how many stop signs we see before reaching the library,” said Grandma.
I began counting, “One…Two stop signs!” I said.
“Great! Now, look at this wall mural. It’s called, “A secret book,” said Grandma.
We walked through the parking lot. Grandma said, “Let’s count how many steps there are in between each car.
“One, two, three.”
“Easy as a-b-c!” we said laughing.
We arrived at the library. We were surprised by what we saw.
There were books all over the floor.
“It’s just a toddler playing with books,” said Grandma. “We use books differently. Sometimes, that’s how little toddlers interact with books.”
“Grandma!” I had found two books describing what people in China and Namibia do when a child’s tooth falls out.”
“Now, let’s go home and re-read your tooth fairy book and then read the new ones to compare,” Grandma said