A Newbery Honor Book from the creator of Shrek.
”Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did very good work.” With the aid of his able assistant, Mrs. De Soto, he copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. His expertise is so great that his fortunate patients never feel any pain.
Since he’s a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat “dangerous” animals–that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from the tooth that’s killing him. How can the kindhearted De Sotos turn him away? But how can they make sure that the fox doesn’t give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? Those clever De Sotos will find a way.
This book can serve as an entertaining introduction to a dental health unit, and would also be appropriate for a nutrition unit. After reading the book, discuss proper dental care; if possible, invite a local dentist to present information to the students.
How Many Teeth?
Create a class graph representing the number of teeth lost by each student. Have students relate how and when they lost a tooth, and share their personal beliefs about the tooth fairy. Then students can compose a factual story about a lost tooth, a fictional story about the tooth fairy, or a note to be left for the tooth fairy upon her next visit.
Open for Business
The two signs outside Doctor De Soto’s office read: DR. DE SOTO, DENTIST, and CATS & OTHER DANGEROUS ANIMALS NOT ACCEPTED FOR TREATMENT. Ask students to imagine starting their own business. What job would they choose? What important information must their sign convey? Have students create their sign using oaktag or cardboard. Encourage student creativity and originality.
Ask students to list the animals Doctor De Soto and his wife would and would not treat. Then create a class chart listing a variety of animals and their predators. In small groups, have students choose an environment (e.g., ocean, desert, or woodlands) and design a mural depicting the animals and predators that inhabit this environment. Students should record relevant information below the mural, denoting
the predators and describing the protective mechanisms of their prey (e.g., camouflage, defensive behaviors).
“I cannot imagine childhood without Steig: Sylvester, Pearl, Caleb, and now Doctor De Soto.” —The Dallas Morning News
“This is one of those picture books that are so good I’d just like to quote the whole thing.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Simple but sly, a mischievously imaginative rendition of the classic theme.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Doctor De Soto is a mouse dentist who…operates a clinic open to all except animals threatening to mice. What to do, then, when a weeping and wailing fox shows up for treatment?. . .There is great wit and good fun in the illustrations.” —Starred, Booklist
Doctor De Soto was published on January 4, 2011.The intended audience for this book is 5 to 8 years old. The Doctor De Soto Audiobook is 25 hours. Speechify has the Unabridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
Doctor De Soto includes the following subjects: Health & Daily Living / General. The BISAC Subject Code is Juvenile Fiction, Animals, General.
The author of Doctor De Soto is William Steig.
The narrator for the Doctor De Soto Audiobook is Stanley Tucci.