Airmail to the Moon
Ora Mae is cork-poppin’ mad. Somebody took her tooth, and she’s high-nigh sure it wasn’t the tooth fairy. She goes to Mama, Dadaw, brother BoDean, and her sister Kelsey Ann – but nobody has seen her lost tooth. Ora Mae won’t give up until she finds the “lop-eared rascal” who stole it!
International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice Winner, 1989
State children’s choice award nominations in Missouri, Nevada, Georgia, Washington, Nebraska
Trumpet Book Club selection
Produced by Looking Glass Theater, RI
THE AUTHOR RECALLS:
As a kindergarten teacher in Sandpoint, Idaho, I saw lots of kids lose their first tooth, and heard lots of stories about visits from the tooth fairy. I made a note to myself to maybe write a story about losing a first tooth, and even tried a couple of times, but the story wasn’t going anywhere.
Then one day at school I was looking for my pencil, and was sure someone had picked it up my mistake. I had the kids look in their pencil boxes for it. Nope, no pencil. We looked under tables and chairs. Nope, no pencil. Then I had this disturbing thought: Had one of my students taken it and was being dishonest about it? I didn’t want to believe they would, but still, my pencil was no where to be found. I was standing there wondering what to do next, when one of the kids in my class looked up at me and said,”Mr. Birdseye, what is that behind your ear?” I reached up, and guess what . . . That’s right, it was my pencil. I’d stuck it up there and totally forgotten about it. Boy, did I feel silly!
Later, I thought, “What if instead of a missing pencil, it was a missing first tooth? Aha! The missing pencil became a missing tooth, and AIRMAIL TO THE MOON finally blasted off.