Doctor De Soto
- Number of Pages: 32
"Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did genuinely good work. Since he's a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat"unsafe"animals--that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But how can they make sure that the fox doesn't give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? How can the kindhearted De Sotos turn him away? Those clever De Sotos will find a way."With the aid of his able assistant, Mrs. De Soto, he copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from the tooth that's killing him. His expertise is so great that his fortunate patients never feel any pain.
Doctor De Soto is a well-respected mouse-dentist who runs a successful practice with his wife (and able assistant) Mrs. De Soto. As it turns out, this fox, with"a rotten bicuspid and unusually bad breath,"manages to behave himself while tiny Doctor De Soto is standing mid-molar inside his gaping jaws. The De Sotos are friendly and skilled toward all their patients, from chipmunks to donkeys to cows, the exception becoming"cats also as other dangerous animals,"as stated clearly on the sign outside the office. When the wily fox returns the subsequent day to get his replacement gold tooth, however, he has mouse-flavored snacks on his mind. But the De Sotos are tender-hearted rodents, so when a miserable fox shows up begging for treatment, they agree to have a look (perhaps against their better judgment ). Luckily, Doctor De Soto and his wife have anticipated such despicable canine intentions, and find a way to outfox the ungrateful fox.
William Steig, award-winning creator of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, as soon as once far more offers young readers a clever, amusing tale of interspecies mingling. Kids will appreciate the De Sotos' wit, and will be delighted to read a lot more about this diminutive couple's adventures in Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa. (Ages 4 to 8) As usual, Steig's tone is matter-of-fact, and his enchanting illustrations of the responsible mouse couple and their foxy adversary are alive with expression and emotion.
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