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****George Washington's Teeth

by Deborah Chandra & Madeleine Comora

pictures by Brock Cole

Reviewed June 30, 2003.
Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2003.  40 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 973.41 CHA).

This rhyming picture book is based on the true story of George Washington’s problems with his teeth, as he marched through history, losing teeth all along the way.

Did you know that George Washington only had two of his own teeth left when he was elected President?  That’s why he was never painted smiling.

Although it must have been very sad for George, this story and pictures are wonderfully comical.  There are four pages at the back that give the facts and a timeline about George’s teeth.  In the end, he probably died from an infection of the old root fragments.  He never had wooden dentures, though.

It’s surprising how fascinating this dental trivia can be!  The next time your child has to do a report on George Washington, here’s a much less traditional approach to try.

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