Friday, June 10, 2011
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
Main characters Dr. De Soto and his wife, Mrs. De Soto, work tirelessly on various patients' teeth such as moles, chipmunks, and pigs. Due to De Soto being a mouse, he took extra precautions against any potential patients that may cause harm to himself or his wife. Outside the office, a wailing fox begged for treatment, and De Soto and his wife, from the kindness of their hearts, relented and decided to treat him. A fox is a fox is a fox, so inevitably, his ulterior motives surfaced. Yet, in the end, De Soto and his wife were able to successfully outfox the fox.
A perfect choice to read before a dental visit or perhaps a field trip to a dentist's office. In our case, the squirts and I each chose a character from the story to reenact. Being the largest of the bunch, I was the sly fox and used my spooky voice in the retelling. My girls furiously worked on my teeth with their invisible instruments and finally sent me on my way with an intentional dose of artificially created lockjaw.
For snack, an ideal time to reaffirm the healthy snack option- Green Meanies, mouths made from healthy food options - in lieu of sugary snacks as an attempt to keep dental work at bay. If there is time, I have found that I cannot go wrong with sticker scenes with my squirts and their friends. Oriental Trading offers Make-a-Dental Sticker Sheets which reaffirms the theme of the story.
Reading Level: Ages 4-8