The Tooth Fairy Is Broke

Author: Robbins, John; Owings, Rae (Illustrator)

Subjects: Humor; Problem Solving; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

Order code: 5698

Price: $19.99
Website price: $15.00

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Class sets: 10 or more: $12.50 each.
Order code: 5698S

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After years of reimbursing boys and girls for their lost teeth, Myrtle the Tooth Fairy has run out of money and is forced to seek financial aid from the king of the fairies, King Oberon, who is disinterested in her plight and no help at all.

Refusing to disappoint the children around the world and determined not to be a failure, Myrtle is forced to tackle her problem head on. No longer a svelte, flighty fairy, middle-aged Myrtle has experienced life and knows something about people’s natures and what makes them happy. She takes stock of her options.

Myrtle sees opportunity in the world of the toothless gutter trolls. She presents a mutually beneficial idea to the interested king of the trolls, King Hogard. Not mentioning her financial problem, she deals from a position of strength: the toothless trolls are unhappy; having teeth would make them happy; she can supply the troll kingdom with teeth for a fair price. That she has an endless supply of teeth remains her secret. Myrtle successfully refills her Tooth Fairy coffers with a self-perpetuating, fair financial solution.

Writer John Robbins and artist Rae Owings teamed as co-directors and co-hosts of two highly successful PBS television series: Gather ‘Round and Telltales, as well as six of the stories for The Gentle Giant, in which a version of The Tooth Fairy Is Broke appeared. Rae was the Artist in Action at concerts for young people with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony at Wolf Trap, and others, sketching on large panels of paper as music was played.

The Tooth Fairy Is Broke is a John Robbins signature classic, full of warmth and wit and insight wrapped in a fantasy that tickles the funny bone of young and old alike. Owings’s full-color drawings bring the characters to life.

After years of reimbursing boys and girls for their lost teeth, Myrtle the Tooth Fairy has run out of money and is forced to seek financial aid from the king of the fairies, King Oberon, who is disinterested in her plight and no help at all.

Refusing to disappoint the children around the world and determined not to be a failure, Myrtle is forced to tackle her problem head on. No longer a svelte, flighty fairy, middle-aged Myrtle has experienced life and knows something about people’s natures and what makes them happy. She takes stock of her options.

Myrtle sees opportunity in the world of the toothless gutter trolls. She presents a mutually beneficial idea to the interested king of the trolls, King Hogard. Not mentioning her financial problem, she deals from a position of strength: the toothless trolls are unhappy; having teeth would make them happy; she can supply the troll kingdom with teeth for a fair price. That she has an endless supply of teeth remains her secret. Myrtle successfully refills her Tooth Fairy coffers with a self-perpetuating, fair financial solution.

Writer John Robbins and artist Rae Owings teamed as co-directors and co-hosts of two highly successful PBS television series: Gather ‘Round and Telltales, as well as six of the stories for The Gentle Giant, in which a version of The Tooth Fairy Is Broke appeared. Rae was the Artist in Action at concerts for young people with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony at Wolf Trap, and others, sketching on large panels of paper as music was played.

The Tooth Fairy Is Broke is a John Robbins signature classic, full of warmth and wit and insight wrapped in a fantasy that tickles the funny bone of young and old alike. Owings’s full-color drawings bring the characters to life.

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