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Doctor De Soto (Paperback)

Author:  William Steig
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374318034
ISBN-13: 9780374318031
Sku: 30051412
Publish Date: 5/1/1982
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10.75H x 9L x 0.5T
Pages:  32
Age Range:  9 to 12
Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did very good work, so he had no end of patients. Those close to his own size--moles, chipmunks, et cetera--sat in the regular dentist's chair. (from the first line)
"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.
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Doctor De Soto, "un dentista raton", and his wife operate a clinic for all walks of animals except those who have a taste for mice. How, then, should the compassionate De Sotos handle the weeping and wailing fox begging for relief?
Doctor De Soto, a mouse, is a dedicated dentist who climbs into the mouths of his animal patients to treat them. But a crafty fox with a bad toothache comes to his office desperately seeking his services. How can Doctor De Soto fix the fox's tooth without becoming his lunch?As a dentist who also happens to be a mouse, Doctor De Soto was forced to find a unique way to care for his patients. Small animals sit in a regular dental chair and are treated in the traditional manner, while large animals are seated on the floor where, with the help of his wife/assistant, the good doctor climbs up a ladder and steps right into the patients' mouths to work on their teeth. Because of his small size, Doctor De Soto has one very strict office policy: he refuses to treat any type of dangerous animal. Still, when a fox with an infected bicuspid arrives in the office, the kindhearted doctor is unable to turn him away. How can Doctor De Soto fix the pained, but still hungry, fox's tooth without becoming his lunch? Watercolor illustrations accompany the text of this story that proves that an empty stomach is no match for a sharp mind. The adventures of Doctor De Soto continue in DOCTOR DE SOTO GOES TO AFRICA. A 1983 Newbery Honor Book.
Author Bio
William Steig
William Steig has had two distinct but related careers--first as a cartoonist and second as an author and illustrator of books for children. His career as a cartoonist began at age 17 during the Depression, when he sold cartoons to "The New Yorker" as a means of supporting his family. During this time, he created and sold several woodcarvings, some of which can be found in the historic home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His career as an illustrator began in 1947, when fellow "New Yorker" cartoonist Bob Kraus created the Windmill Books imprint for Harper & Row. In 1970, Steig's book SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE won the Caldecott Medal. In 1977 his book THE AMAZING BONE was named as a Caldecott Honor Book. Two of his works have also received Newbery Honors--ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO.

William Steig had two distinct but related careers--the first as a cartoonist and the second as an author and illustrator of children's books. His career as a cartoonist began during the Great Depression when, at the age of 17, he began selling cartoons to "The New Yorker" as a means of supporting his family. His relationship with that magazine, during which they published 1,600 of his drawings and 117 of his cover illustrations, lasted over 70 years. His career in children's books began at age 60. His third offering, SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE, won the Caldecott Medal while his 1977 book, THE AMAZING BONE, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Two of his longer works, ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO, were named Newbery Honor Books. In 2002 his picture book SHREK! was expanded and made into a full-length animated film which became the first to win the Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Feature. William Steig died of natural causes as the age of 95.

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   05
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0032
Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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