Reading Rainbow

I Lost My Tooth In Africa

Season 16, Episode 2 of 5

I Lost My Tooth in Africa, written by a girl and illustrated by her father, tells the tale of a young girl who loses a tooth while visiting her father's family in Africa. In the African tradition, she places the tooth under a gourd and in return gets two chickens from the Tooth Fairy. Host LeVar Burton explores with youngsters how things have changed for them as they've grown, and how taking care of our teeth is part of that process. Then it's off to attend a Quinceanera -- a celebration for a 15-year-old Hispanic girl in honor of her transition into womanhood. Feature book: I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite, illus. by Baba Wague Diakite (Scholastic).

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