Monday, February 21, 2005

George Washington's Teeth


George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora, 2003
This is a wonderful book to share with kids and adults. I learned so many things about Washington from this book. The clever, rhyming verse recounts the lifelong problems George Washington had with his teeth. It is possible that chronic gum infections led to Washington's death.

The story is well researched and the humorous illustrations by Brock Cole lend a lightness to Washington's serious health condition. The end of the book has facts and information about Washington's life. There is also a great timeline.

Happy Presidents Day!

1 comment:

Kelly Fineman said...

I guess it's possible that gum disease contributed to his death, but I believe I learned somewhere that he died of an STD (and that he was, in more than the figurative way, the father of the country).