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Book Review: "Doctor De Soto" by William Steig 

Librarian: Mary Graf, youth services librarian at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction

Book: Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Age range: 4 to 7

Librarian Mary Graf's Summary: "Doctor De Soto is a clever story about a mouse dentist who takes pity on a fox with a toothache. After removing a rotten tooth and replacing it with a gold one, Doctor De Soto and his assistant trick the hungry fox by gluing his teeth shut. Hilarious!"

Favorite part:
"It is such fun to read the line 'Frank oo berry mush.' That always gets a laugh, and I invite kids to put their teeth together and repeat it, and see what else they can say with their teeth glued together."

Moral of the story:
"Doctor De Soto would make a great follow-up for a trip to the dentist. The obvious lesson: Brush your teeth every day so you don't end up like the poor fox."

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