The Tooth read by Annette Bening

The Tooth is written by Avi Slodovnick, illustrated by Manon Gauthier and read by Annette Bening. Marissa loves candy—maybe too much. When she wakes up with a toothache, her mother takes her to the dentist, and on the way, Marissa notices a man sitting on a grate on the sidewalk to keep warm. So begins a day that Marissa will never forget.


Hi everybody. Welcome to Storyline online. It’s brought to you by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. I’m Annette bending, and I’m here today to read the tooth written by obviously a dove neck and illustrated by my unknown go TA Morris, his love of candy, finally caught up with her. That morning. She woke up with a toothache and instead of bringing her to school, her mother took her to the dentist. Or often go downtown. Columns of tall gray buildings cast great shadow is across the streets. The sky, usually bright and blue was barely visible between the rows, if endlessly tall skyscrapers. Orissa and her mother walked hand in hand toward the dentist’s office. Men and women wearing long coats and long faces, their colors up in their heads down, rushed in every direction. Marissa leaned closer. Another when they stopped at the corner waiting for the light to change, Marist and noticed something unusual. A man with a large nose and dark eyes was sitting on a Great in the sidewalk. In front of him was an open shoe box with money inside. Marist had never seen anyone like him. She wanted to take a closer look, but her mother held her hand tightly. As they cross the street to the dentist building, moreso looked back and watch the man over her shoulder. He sat quietly watching the people pass him by. Up in the dentist’s office. They checked in with the receptionist who told them to sit in the waiting room until the dentist was ready to see them. Versus mother sat down on the couch, crossed her legs and flip through a magazine. Instead of reading a book or playing with the toy. Orissa looked out the window to the busy street below. The man was still sitting on the great. Most people walk by the man. Some people just a few dropped coins into his shoe box. One man in a hurry actually stepped over the man. Finally, after a long wait, Marissa was called into the examination room. She sat in the big chair and opened her mouth as why does she could, the dentist saw a small brown whole nurses tooth as quiet a cavity. He said, the tooth will have to come out. In. A few minutes later, the dentist pulled out Moore versus tooth. Mrsa, wished she was in school. Here’s your tooth. Marissa said the dentist slipping the tiny tooth into a small orange envelope. Make sure to put it under your pillow. Said her mother, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day. And especially after candies that the dentist they left the dentist’s office and in the elevator, Marissa asked her mother, is there really a tooth fairy? Outside the dentist’s office? The air was cool or is it tickled the place for tooth had been with her tongue. The money. They cross the street. The man was still sitting on the sidewalk or is that tried to get closer, but her mother held her hand tightly like before Marissa pulled away and went up to the shoe box. There wasn’t a lot of money inside. Risa held open the orange envelope and let the tooth drop into the shoebox, put it under your pillow tonight, she told the man, and there will be money there tomorrow. At first the man looks surprised. Then he smiled warmly and waved goodbye to MRSA as she and her mother walked away. Now, all he needed was a pillow. I used to read books to my kids all the time. They’re too big now, but I hope you have a chance to talk to your teachers, maybe your mom or your dad about the book. I think it’s a really thoughtful book. Starts out being a trip to the dentist and it ends with a little girl meeting a homeless man. Anyway, I hope you liked it. I did. (As provided by SchoolTube video transcript.)

Standards Alignment

Suggested Grade Level: 1-2

The standards listed below are for the 1st and 2nd grades but can easily be modified for other grades.

CCSS.SL.1.1, CCSS.SL.2.1, CCSS.SL.1.2, CCSS.RL.1.3, CCSS.SL.2.2, CCSS.RL.2.3, CCSS.RL.1.3, CCSS.RL.2.3, CCSS.RL.1.1, CCSS.RL.2.1, CCSS.W.1.3, CCSS.W.2.3

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