Bibliographic information: Diakité, P., & Diakité, B. W. (2006). I Lost My Tooth in Africa. New York: Scholastic Press.
Annotation: This book is about a little girl named Amina who is going to Africa to visit her father’s family. If she loses her tooth in Africa then she will get a chicken from the African Tooth Fairy. She loses her tooth and puts it under the gourd, and then spends time with her cousins, aunts, and uncles all day waiting for the chicken to get there. It finally comes and she shares the joy with her family. Her family helps her with the chickens, and when she has to leave her aunt and uncle promise to take good care of her chickens until she returns to Africa again.
Grade Level: 3rd
Readers who will like this book: People who have wiggly teeth, people learning about family relationships, people learning about myths and fables, and people learning about Africa or responsibility.
Personal Response and Rating: 5/5. I give this book a 5/5. I think that it was a good book that incorporated the family in the events of the child. The family was enthusiastic about being a part of these events and it was uplifting to see that. I also liked the responsibility that Amina had to take on after she received the chickens and how strongly she felt when she had to leave them, to go back home.
Text Dependent Question: Who’s responsibility was it to take care of the chickens? How might Amina have been feeling when she had to leave her chickens?