National Tooth Fairy Day, one of the childhood favorite, is observed today (on August 22), although the day is also celebrated on February 28.
Many Global Baby-Tooth Traditions are tied to rodents. In many countries, instead of a Fairy, the character that comes during the night is actually a mouse, and it is considered a Fairy Mouse.
In Spain, Author Luis Coloma (1851 – 1914) developed the character El Ratoncito Pérez as a Tooth Fairy analog for the Boy-King Alfonso XIII. El Ratoncito Pérez (Pérez, the little mouse) is still popular in most Spanish-speaking countries today, and has even appeared in modern marketing campaigns for Colgate toothpaste. In Mexico, kids leave their teeth under their pillows for Raton Perez, who takes the teeth from under the pillow and leaves coins behind.
Historians maintain that the Tooth Mouse was around before the Tooth Fairy, by several centuries. A French tale from the 1600’s, titled “La Bonne Petite Souris”, is considered the origin of the ‘Fairy Mouse‘, yet this story (pls click the LINK to print the ENG / FR / PT, or many other editions) slowly changed over the years to that of a sweet money-bearing mouse, that will slip in during the night to replace the teeth with a coin. In France and other French-speaking countries, children wait for La Petite Souris (the little mouse) and leave him not only baby teeth, but morsels of cheese as well. The Tooth Mouse besides being most popular in Mexico, Spain and France, is also well known in Argentina, Venezuela , Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Morocco and Algeria.
Here is the the proof Tooth Mice did exist!
Let’s then go back to the ‘good old times’😍
There are a few other Traditions, in many other parts of the World:
- In Japan kids throw lower teeth straight up into the air and the upper teeth straight down to the ground. The direction the teeth are thrown indicates how the children want their teeth to grow – straight and even.
- In the Middle East, such as Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Palestine, kids throw their lost teeth in the direction of the sun. By doing this, they are requesting the sun to give them better teeth as replacements.
- In the Dominican Republic, Botswana and Ethiopia toss their teeth, both bottom and top teeth onto the roof. By doing this the children or hoping that a mouse will take their teeth from the roof, and return to them the strong teeth of a mouse or rat.
In many other countries, such as: Austria, Nigeria, Ukraine, India, Korea, China and Vietnam, kids are still placing their teeth in ‘Special Locations’ (the attic, on the roof, at the foot of the bed, etc).
Esther Watkins Arnold brought the Tooth Fairy to life in an eight-page playlet, in 1927, called “The Tooth Fairy”. At the same time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his claim that Fairies and Gnomes were real, by publishing pictures of two girls surrounded by “verified Fairies”. Schools began performing Arnold’s play the following year, and children, primed with vivid imaginations, placed their freshly lost teeth under their pillows at night in the hopes of a visit from the Tooth Fairy.
National Tooth Fairy Day evolved with a group of ‘Healthcare Fairies’ during the mid-1920s. From bath fairies to ‘Fairy Wand Tooth Whitener’, kids were encouraged through a wave of advertisements and health classes to eat their veggies, brush their teeth and get fresh air.
Psychiatrist and Physician Leo Kanner’s 1928 study, the “Folklore of the Teeth” (get a printable copy – 276k PDF file of the complete article), references children offering their lost baby teeth to mice, rats, squirrels, or other animals known to have sturdy teeth.
In 1949, Lee Rogow wrote the children fantasy “The Tooth Fairy” (the Anglosaxone name of ‘our Little Souris‘ – La Fée Des Dents) – a short-story based on playlet wrote by Watkins Arnold – and the popularity of this particular story lead to more and more books, cartoons and comics, that were published throughout the 1950s.
The Tooth Fairy is, in man respects, a personification of a critical time in early childhood – ‘she’ is an entity meant to ease this scary moment in many children and to honor it as a rite-of-passage and the monetary incentive she leaves has gone up. Rosemary Wells, a self-described “Tooth Fairy Expert” wrote in her article “American Folklore” (1970) that rate of exchange, compared with consumer price index between 1900 and 1980 actually kept up with inflation.
The ambiguity has given several writers license to add to the evolving mythos. One current best-selling writer, Terry Pratchett, attempted to clarify the mystery behind her intention for retrieving the teeth. In the story “Hogfather” – a British Fantasy Award nominee (1997) and later, in 2006, this popular book was made into a TV movie, also the two-part television film adaptation of Hogfather produced by The Mob, was first broadcast on Sky One. The Hogfather is a character in the book, representing something akin to Father Christmas. He grants children’s wishes on Hogswatchnight (December 32) and brings them presents. The themes include: Christmas and Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Power of Belief, Reason & Fantasy, Economic Redistribution and Children’s Nightmares.
Despite her popularity, the Tooth Fairy’s identity is still murky. In fact, her ambiguity has left her open to numerous interpretations, even her gender hasn’t been set as was the case with “The Santa Clause Trilogy” (2002), in which the Tooth Fairy was depicted as a middle-age man in tutus and fairy wings.
By far, the most popular male Tooth Fair was played by former professional wrestler turned Actor, Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock) for the first installment of the Tooth Fairy franchise, in 2010.
That is a fun movie and now, after seeing this, “I believe in the tooth and nothing but the tooth”😍
Many Youtubers already uploaded the full movie. The most recent Online Free Movies updates I found so far was the one published on Feb 22, 2017, by Earl Holbrook.
Note: the image may not be the best, but you can still watch it online here:
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Since, on average, a child may have 20 baby teeth – and will lose them between the ages of 5 and 10 or ll – the visits are relatively frequent. It doesn’t happen at once and it’s not a clean transition and, in many cases, it can cause temporary pain and bleeding. The ritual created for the Tooth Fairy seemingly makes an unpleasant transition in life much more acceptable. The mere act alone carries on a century-old practice to comfort children through many changes in their lives. Her presence and act—as well as her incentive—are emotional indicators that such changes are not to be feared, as well as not being a bad thing.
Her life span as a mythological being is short-lived. Many children will stop believing in her after their seventh or eighth birthday – the same is true for Cupid, the Easter Bunny, Jack O’Lantern, Santa, or the St. Patrick Day Leprechaun – however, she is still a popular character in numerous books, movies, TV and advertisement. She’s a Mythological Being for now and into the future.
Wiggled and loose, that tooth that comes free just might get collected on any day of the year and it could be celebrated with Fairy Tale stories, or Tooth Fairy gifts; you may even decide to open up Bank Accounts, yet if that will not be a possibility in the meantime, just help them with a few Fairy drawings, or by coloring some FREE templates.
Fairy, by Zwischen den Welten.
Tooth Fairy, by Sue Rundle-Hughes.
“When I was a kid, i caught my mom being the Tooth Fairy. I thought she was the Tooth Fairy for the whole world!” Words from a child.
Have I mentioned that I’m a Tooth Fairy?😍
Sample Letters / Notes from Tooth Fairy to Kids:
Creating a fun and magical message is not hard to do. The first thing you need to decide is if you plan on making it yourself by hand, making it on you own computer, or using scrapbooking methods. Also, you can find many free tooth fairy letters online.
If you are just a little bit creative, you can make a really nice Tooth Fairy Letter, a Note and/or a Certificate. It is not that hard and you really don’t need to fret over being extremely creative or making your letter extravagant. Your child will love whatever type of Letter the Tooth Fairy brings!
Below, you’ll find ideas for any of these methods to inspire you. Whatever you choose will surely be perfect!
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Dear ___(Your child’s name)___,
Tonight, I flew to __(Your town’s name)___ to take a look under your pillow. You looked like you were having a really good dream so I tried not to wake you. I found the tooth you left for me there. What a lovely tooth it is! One of the cutest teeth I’ve ever seen! It’s the best of my collection, I think.
Losing a tooth means you are growing up. Your baby teeth will fall out to make room for your grown up teeth. But don’t worry—it will take a long time for you to lose all your teeth and you will have many new experiences to look forward to. ___(Your child’s name)___, you must be careful to take care of your teeth so you’ll have them for the rest of your life. Brush them well and eat healthy food!
Thank you for giving me such a fine and important tooth for my collection. I have left a little something for you, too.
Your Special Friend,
The Tooth Fairy
Here are some things to think about:
- If you are writing your letter by hand, try to disguise your handwriting so your child does not think that you wrote the letter. This is not hard to do, just add a little pizazz to your regular handwriting.
- Use colorful marker, crayons, or pencils.
- Use special paper or stationery or add some stickers, glitter, confetti, pressed flowers, or other decorations.
- If you are a scrapbooker, you can create a very nice letter with your scrapbook supplies. This will even provide a nice keepsake that you can add to your child’s scrapbook.
- I recommend getting (or making) a box. These little boxes are so practical and will be such wonderful keepsakes later on. From simple homemade to heirloom quality, you’ll find the one that is perfect for your child.
Make Your Own Tooth Fairy Note
- Dear ___(Your child’s name)___,I wanted to leave you a note to say thanks for leaving me another spectacular tooth for my collection. I’ve been watching you and your mommy wiggle this tooth for a long time! It was so exciting! Boy, that tooth really held on, didn’t it? I thought it would never come out. I think we’re all happy it finally did!Also, I want to let you know that you have been doing a good job taking care of those teeth. It looks like you’ve been flossing, and I am very impressed. You really know how to brush! Don’t forget to continue to brush every day, go to the dentist, and eat healthy foods to keep your new teeth looking as white and shiny as your baby teeth are.I had fun visiting you😍
Sending you magical wishes and a special something for your tooth!
Signed: The Tooth Fairy
- Passing on the excitement to ‘our’ children with some Tooth Fairy magic, as they really need, and cherishing their excitement.
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Já tinha mencionado que eu sou uma Fada dos Dentes?😍
Tenho mais ofertas especiais para si, que também desempenha o papel de Fada dos Dentes, ou quem sabe, para quem nunca teve a oportunidade de aprofundar essa faceta.
Clique, por favor, no LINK para receber o livro digital “Super Tooth Fairy” completamente GRATUITO , com ilustrações magníficas e conta uma história da BioEden que merce toda a sua atenção (a utilidade dos dentes de leite e o seu respetivo tratamento na área científica).
P.S. – O e-Book será enviado para a sua caixa de correio electrónico, porém poderá ser filtrado pelo Google Chrome e ficar classificado como spam. Posso garantir-lhe que o livro Não É SPAM (eu já o recebi) e merece, definitivamente, ser partilhado. Eu própria tenho enfrentado alguns casos idênticos ao da BioEden – perdi a minha página no Facebook, simplesmente porque o Mundo está repleto de pessoas mal intencionadas, ou porque a concorrência no mundo da venda dos livros ( e não só) é demasiado elevada, e continuo a enfrentar problemas técnicos com a conta criada posteriormente a este incidente no Twitter.
O motor de pesquisas Google recebe milhares de ‘denúncias’ para que as ‘nossas páginas’ sejam ‘catalogadas’ como spam e o sistema automatizado destes mecanismos dificilmente conseguem identificar este tipo de ‘exceções’ nas suas bases de dados pré-estabelecidas (felizmente, a Microsoft está, neste momento, em parceria com a Google, a tentar melhorar estes sistemas criados no ambito da Inteligência Artificial).
Estou, igualmente, a ultrapassar a mesma situação com o meu BLOG, Portal de Mentoria / Optimizing The Practice of Mentoring, e por mais que tente contactar a Google e os próprios domínios informáticos em questáo, os sistemas automatizados via algorrítmos ainda não estão preparados para resolver este tipo de falhas técnicas (vs humanas)…
- Faça um favor à BioEden e ao meu BLOG (ou a qualquer outra página web na qual detete este tipo de anomalia) e classifique as ‘nossas páginas web’ como ‘NOT SPAM’ porque é essa a verdade, porque devemos combater este (e outros) tipo(s) de injustiças, assim como devemos contribuir para melhores resultados no desempenho destes mecanismos da IA que vieram melhorar imenso as capacidades de funcionamento dos mecanismos indispensáveis ao nosso dia-a-dia. Assim sendo, caso encontre o e-mail da BioEden nas suas mensagens de spam, basta clicar na mensagem e, de acordo com as funcionalidades do seu próprio servidor, irá encontrar uma opção que diz ‘não é spam’, normalmente no topo da página.
Mas como as ‘conversas são como as cerejas’😌 e como o tema principal deste artigo são as crianças, que são muitas vezes vítimas de injustiças, gostaria de a / a convidar a clicar no link para assinar a PETIÇÃO “Liberdade & Justiça Para os Filhos Que Cairam Nas Mãos Dos Experts Na Arte Do Oportunismo” – não só em prol da justiça, mas também para ajudar quem mais necessita do nosso apoio.
Para finalizar e porque a crianças merecem o melhor que o Mundo tem para nos oferecer, clique neste LINK e faça o Dowload GRATUITO, ou Imprima, o(s) Certificados da Fada dos Dentes; tenho a certeza que os seus filhos vão adorar!
- O fato destes Certificados (Cartas, ou pequenas Notas) estarem em Inglês acaba por ser mais um bónus – assim, poderá ensinar-lhe algumas palavras, muito fáceis de memorizar, em Inglês. De qualquer forma, caso necessite dos meus serviços de Tradução, ficaria muito satisfeita em poder ser útil (como sempre), tendo em conta que nesta ocasião em particular, eu iria ter em consideração que sería justo fazer uma ‘atenção’ especial aos seus pedidos 😍.
Ponha um sorriso no rosto dos amores da sua vida, hoje e todos os dias.
Passe essa magia aos seus filhos, com alguma frequência, pois eles irão apreciar, além disso precisam bastante desse tipo de emoções e ainda têm muito tempo pela frente e irão ter muitas oportunidades de descobrir e de compreender o verdadeiro significado das ‘Fairy Tales’ (Contos de Fadas, ou as Histórias de Encantar). Partilhe com eles momentos de alegria que ficarão perpetuados, para sempre, nas vossas memórias.
Extremamente grata por todo o seu apoio e pela sua atenção.
Bom Dia Nacional da Fada Dos Dentes!👰🏻