Her virtue is manifest in precisely the maternal impulse her stepmother lacks. In this version, Snow White has no dead mother, only a living mother who wants her dead. This was a pattern of revision for the Brothers Grimm; they transformed several mothers into stepmothers between the first version of their stories, published in , and the final version, published in The figure of the stepmother — lean, angular, harsh — was like snake venom drawn from an unacknowledged wound, siphoned out in order to keep the maternal body healthy, preserved as an ideal.
She would have been with Lily in her tantrums. Folk tales often deploy the stepmother as a token mascot of the dark maternal — a woman rebelling against traditional cultural scripts — but the particular history of the American stepmother is more complicated. Lindenauer argues that the 18th-century popular imagination took the same terrible attributes that the Puritans had ascribed to witches — malice, selfishness, coldness, absence of maternal impulse — and started ascribing them to stepmothers instead.
The stepmother became a kind of scapegoat, a new repository for aspects of femininity that felt threatening: female agency, female creativity, female restlessness, maternal ambivalence. By the late 18th century, the stepmother was a stock villain, familiar enough to appear in grammar books. One boy was even injured by his dead stepmother from beyond the grave, when a column above her tombstone fell on his head. If it was true that she was an 18th-century gold digger — a latter-day witch — then it was also true that she was a midth-century saint, happily prostrate to the surge of her own innate maternal impulse.
In the Progressive Era, she was proof that being a good mother was less about saintly instincts and more about reason, observation and rational self-improvement. She eventually started to detect a pattern. It seemed as if the stepmother found redemption whenever the nuclear family was under siege: in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, or when divorce emerged as a social pattern in the early 20th century. With the children, Albinia says everything right: She is sorry they have her in place of their mother. In fact, the entire voice of the saintly stepmother felt like an elaborate humblebrag.
She knew she would always be second — or third! Not one bit. She just wanted to be useful. I thought I would be glad to discover these virtuous stepmothers, but instead I found them nearly impossible to accept — much harder to stomach than the wicked stepmothers in fairy tales.
It would always show me someone more selfless than I was. These stories forgot everything that was structurally difficult about this kind of bond, or else they insisted that virtue would overcome all. This is why fairy tales are more forgiving than sentimental novels: They let darkness into the frame. Finding darkness in another story is so much less lonely than fearing the darkness is yours alone. I punished myself when I lost patience, when I bribed, when I wanted to flee. Every feeling I had, I wondered: Would a real mother feel this? One day early in our relationship, Lily and I went to a Mister Softee, one of the ice cream trucks parked like land mines all over the city.
I asked Lily what she wanted, and she pointed to the double cone of soft serve, the biggest one, covered in rainbow sprinkles. I said, Great!
I was still at the Disney Store, still thrilled to find the sled set, still ready and willing to pass as mother by whatever means necessary, whatever reindeer necessary, whatever soft-serve necessary. The double cone was so huge that Lily could barely hold it. This parent. Which is to say: not a parent at all. I was afraid to turn around. I also wanted to turn around. I wanted to make the stranger feel ashamed, to speak back to the maternal superego she represented, to say: What kind of mother? A mother trying to replace a dead one. As a stepparent, I often felt like an impostor — or else I felt the particular loneliness of dwelling outside the bounds of the most familiar story line.
I woke up every morning to a daughter who called me Mommy but also missed her mother. A Pew Research Center survey found that four in 10 Americans say they have at least one step relationship. Twelve percent of women are stepmothers. I can guarantee you that almost all these women sometimes feel like frauds or failures.
I wanted to be in that meeting, sitting with those ordinary men and women — hearing about their ice-cream bribes, their everyday impatience, their frustration and felt fraudulence, their desperate sleds. After an interview was finished, she sometimes described her own experiences. Many of her subjects confessed that they had told her things during their interviews that they had never told anyone. I could understand that — that they somehow would feel, by virtue of being in the presence of another stepmother, as if they had been granted permission to speak.
It was something like the imagined gathering of unsuccessful stepparents, as if they were at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a church basement, taking earned solace in the minor triumphs and frequent failures of their kind: a kind of kin. The decision to call the stepmother Mother, or the decision not to call her Mother, is often a dramatic hinge in stories about stepmothers, a climactic moment of acceptance or refusal.
The stepmother is undeterred. She not only compliments the girl on her moving performance; she shares that she also lost her mother when she was young and also used to love that song. The day after Charles and I married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel — just before midnight on a Saturday, while Lily was having a sleepover with her cousin — Lily asked almost immediately if she could call me Mommy. It was clear she had been waiting to ask. I remember feeling moved, as if we had landed in the credits at the end of a movie, the soundtrack crescendoing all around us.
We were just getting started. I was terrified. What would happen next? It was like the universe had sent its first maternal test. Was she drunk? What should I do? If I was going to let myself be called Mommy, I had to be prepared to deal with the fallout from the laser-tag birthday party.
Charles eventually deduced that she had had a few sips of iced tea. It was as if Lily had bestowed a deep and immediate trust in me — unearned, born of need — and now I had to figure out how to live inside that trust without betraying it.
Everyone had ideas about our family without knowing anything about our family. A tighter family bond? A chance to let go of the sadness? Tug at our heartstrings a bit. I realized that when this editor imagined our family, she envisioned us saturated by sadness, or else contoured by resistance.
Which felt even more alarming, somehow, to be so knowable to strangers. But every theory also felt incomplete.
There was so much more truth around it, or else something close to its opposite felt true as well. I usually wanted to say: Yes, it is like that. And also like this, and like this, and like this. Sometimes the fact of those assumptions, the way I felt them churning inside everyone we encountered, made stepmotherhood feel like an operating theater full of strangers. I was convinced that I was constantly being dissected for how fully or compassionately I had assumed my maternal role. One stars a woman named Himinbjorg, who helps her stepson through his mourning by helping him fulfill the prophecy his mother delivered to him in a dream: that he will free a princess from a spell that had turned her into an ogre.
By the time he returns from his mission victorious, the royal court is ready to burn Himinbjorg at the stake, because everyone is convinced that she is responsible for his disappearance. What I read as her selflessness moved me. She is willing to look terrible in order to help her son pursue a necessary freedom. I worried that I cared too much about proving I was a good stepmother, that wanting to seem like a good stepmother might get in the way of actually being a good stepmother. Perhaps I wanted credit for mothering more than I wanted to mother.
Himinbjorg, on the other hand, is willing to look like a witch just to help her stepson break the spell he needs to break. Then there was Hildur. He knows the deal with stepmoms. But he falls in love with Hildur anyway. Their marriage is made possible by her willingness to invest in a relationship with his daughter that exists apart from him, as its own fierce flame. The closest thing Lily and I ever had to an Icelandic castle was a series of bathrooms across Lower Manhattan.
At first, I expected an Olympic medal for getting her there only two minutes late. Everything that felt like rocket science to me was just the stuff regular parents did every day of the week. But those afternoons mattered, because they belonged to me and Lily. One day, in a cupcake-shop bathroom in SoHo — a few months before Lily, Charles and I moved into a new apartment, the first one we would rent together — Lily pointed at the walls: pink and brown, decorated with a lacy pattern.
She told me she wanted our new room to look like this. She had it all planned out. Dec 15, Allison Parker rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-book , juvenile , favorites. What a delightfully surprising story! April and Esme are kids with cell phones and ambition; normal, you'd think, except their parents are tooth fairies.
When April gets a call for a tooth pick-up, her parents are reluctant to let their little girls on their first assignment. But finally, they agree, and April and Esme venture out and prove themselves old enough for the job. Bob Graham is so talented in providing perfectly normal yet unconventional adult figures in the children's literature world What a delightfully surprising story!
Bob Graham is so talented in providing perfectly normal yet unconventional adult figures in the children's literature world. With April, Esme, and thier parents, John and Fay Underhill, he goes further through his depiction of rather human-like fairies, only different in their wings, size, and interest in children's teeth. The book balances modern day conventions with the occasional fairy-tale language of old, a contrast that mirrors the generational transition of the story as the parents allow their children to grow up.
Jul 02, Jenn O'Brien rated it did not like it. Who knew that tooth fairy parents were hippies? I found the illustrations for this picture book rather odd. At the beginning, in introducing the tooth fairy family, the two little girls fly into the house, where the father was found drying clothes by the fireplace The next page shows the girls talking to their mother who is taking a bath. This all seemed like off, especially for a kids book. But the thing I didn't get was the random poem about a rabbit at the end.
That didn't Who knew that tooth fairy parents were hippies? That didn't fit in with the story at all. Feb 28, Janessa rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books. April and Esme are two young tooth fairies anxious for their chance to prove themselves to their mother and father by collecting their very first tooth. I love the story of budding independence: the parents who love and support and worry about their girls; the adventures and perils; and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the story. Graham's illustrations are delightful, depicting April and Esme living in a quiet tree stump, in a little cottage where teeth hang from the rafters.
He throw April and Esme are two young tooth fairies anxious for their chance to prove themselves to their mother and father by collecting their very first tooth. He throws in a contemporary twist that makes the story all the more fun: their home is near a major highway that buzzes with traffic, Dad works in his shop with stubble on his cheeks and his hair in a ponytail, and when recovering the tooth gets a little tricky, Mom is a text away. After we read this together my eight-year old daughter sat for a moment with a smile on her face and then said, "I really like this book.
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Before she found out the truth about the tooth fairy! Apr 11, Robin rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books. What is it about Bob Graham? I love his illustrations -- soft, watercolor, evocative; his families -- kind, loving, such normal parents I love the dad with his ponytail ; and his stories, so sweet and touching, but never cloying. As this one opens, seven year old fairy April Underhill gets a call on her cell phone, requesting a visit as a child has lost his tooth.
What a perfect opening. Little sist What is it about Bob Graham? Little sister Esme accompanies April on her first trip as a tooth fairy. Though not without its challenges, the two sisters work together to succeed. Bob Graham's books are magic! Dec 14, The Library Lady rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books. Bob Graham has a wonderful feeling for families--rumpled, workaday REAL families, and he transfers the same saccharine free spirit to superheroes, nursery rhyme characters and fairies.
His Underhill family is delightfully ordinary--save for the fact that they are tiny and tooth fairies. Love the details--Mum in the bathtub, wings spread out behind her, the "string bag" for carrying the coin and then the tooth and little Esme's confusion over the human grandma's dentures. If you're tired of cutse Bob Graham has a wonderful feeling for families--rumpled, workaday REAL families, and he transfers the same saccharine free spirit to superheroes, nursery rhyme characters and fairies.
If you're tired of cutsey-wutsey fairies, here's an antidote that has charm without mawk. May 16, Rebecca rated it really liked it Recommends it for: K and up. Shelves: art-medium-watercolor , picture-books. Oh, the sweetness. Bob Graham does it again in this warm story of two little tooth fairies going out on their first journey to fetch a tooth. When the boy wakes up, they panic and text their mother for advice.
The small details are so winning, from the fairy furnishings bathing in a teacup to the boy's grandma's false teeth in a glass "no, Esme, we don't take those". Nov 18, Emily Scanlon rated it really liked it Shelves: traditional-literature , conventions-trait. Book Level: 2. Writing Trait: Conventions — In this story there is a lot of dialog; with dialog comes the use of quotation marks and correct punctuation.
This text would benefit students who are beginning to incorporate quotation marks into their writing. For instruction, I would read aloud each character in a different voice. I would explain that I know someone different is talking be Book Level: 2. I would explain that I know someone different is talking because of the quotation marks. After pointing out that quotations come just before the person speaks and after the person speaks, I would display sentences on the board that are missing quotation marks and ask students to come up and draw where they belong.
Reading Component: Fluency — This story provides the opportunity for students to read aloud with inflection in their voice, thus increasing fluency. A few students could be assigned the roles of Esme, April, Mom, and Dad. Students would practice their roles before presenting to the class. I would read the narration of the story and together we would demonstrate using expression as we read aloud. Dec 06, Lydia Erakare rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy.
This book is appropriate for K- 2nd. In this story two, young, tooth fairy sisters get their first tooth pick-up call - on their cellphone! April and Esme convince their Mom and Dad to let them go all by themselves and after some preparation they fly off into the night. Their flight brings many challenges but eventually they make it to the chi 1. Their flight brings many challenges but eventually they make it to the child's home to pick up the tooth and back home again. The best part of this story are the details in the illustrations. Each page brings a whole new world for readers to explore all from the perspective of a fairy.
The story is completely new and one that anyone is sure to never heard before. A One use for this book could be for students to create a character study of either April or Esme. They could draw the fairy, and its wings, and write traits and characteristics of the character around the drawing. B This story could also be used for a writing assignment. Students could write the next adventure of April and Esme as they go on their second tooth collection. Dec 02, Kia Nguyen added it Shelves: fantasy. Appropriate grade level: Kindergarten- 2nd grade 3. Original 3-line summary: April and Esme are young tooth fairies.
They must convince their mom and dad to let them take on their first tooth collection. The two young tooth fairies fly into the night, over a highway of thundering eighteen-wheelers, eager to prove how grown up they ca 1. The two young tooth fairies fly into the night, over a highway of thundering eighteen-wheelers, eager to prove how grown up they can be. Original 3-line review: I love the idea of glimpsing into a tooth fairy's normal life! And I like how the story was about being tooth fairies as it was about parents' coming to terms with their children growing up.
I also loved the creative illustrations. The class can create a song about brushing their teeth and sing together. Dec 15, Garrett rated it really liked it Shelves: story-time. A single coin for a first tooth lost? That coin better be a ten piece. Apr 07, Arminzerella rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books , quirky , favorites , borrowed-from-the-library , sweet , tooth-fairies. April 7 and Esme 6 are the daughters of tooth fairies.
In the last story we finally got to see Ella's frenemy Zoe again. I worried that I cared too much about proving I was a good stepmother, that wanting to seem like a good stepmother might get in the way of actually being a good stepmother. Especially since there was a picture to go with what was described. What's more, they are real page-turners and appeal to boys and girls equally. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
She gives them directions to her house and April and Esme rush home to prepare. Their parents are a little concerned that their girls are too young, but eventually they allow them to go with lots of preparation, reminders, and hugs. The 2 new tooth fairies carry out their mission with only a few hitches they also check in with mom via cell and return home after their adventure — sleepy, but triumphant.
This is a sweet, funny, and empowering tale. The parent tooth fairies are willing to let go just enough to allow their girls some independence and they offer plenty of warmth and support along the way.
enter site The love and respect everyone in this tooth fairy family has for one another is evident in both text and illustrations. You are magic.
He must never see you. Mom found a string bag. Mar 29, Sarah W rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-book , picturebookparty , tooth-fairies , magic. I love how the young tooth fairies are depicted as regular elementary school kids with wings. I am so delighted to not see teeny tiaras. The little dog with wings living in April and Esme's home looks quite huggable. At almost eight years of age, April's off on her first job retrieving a tooth. The young tooth fairies have many of the same issues children have, especially the one about being old enough to do something.
April is incredulous when her mom says she has to be magic and unseen by the b I love how the young tooth fairies are depicted as regular elementary school kids with wings. April is incredulous when her mom says she has to be magic and unseen by the boy whose tooth April must claim. Mom is very dressed up for her night of work with a white gown and flowers in her hair.
Dad's still in stay at home clothes. As April and Esme forge onward, the wind buffets and turns them. Landing on the doorstep, they help one another under the door.
When they look up the stairs, April and Esme get a sudden jolt of perspective. When the little boy wakes up for a moment, April and Esme turn to their wits and a cell phone to figure out what to do. Charmingly illustrated, April and Esme would be great with a dental health unit or comparing world traditions about lost teeth. I like the picture of the hairdryer blowing one of the fairies around.
Oct 14, Alison rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy-scifi. This book was a story about two young tooth fairies that wanted to collect a boy's first lost tooth. April and Esme convince their parents to go on their own to get Daniel's tooth. They successfully make it to Daniel's home, get his tooth that was in a glass of water, and are just leaving his coin when he wakes up!
Luckily the girls get him to fall back asleep, and they text their mother asking what to do. The mother tells them to whisper in the boy's ear, and he woke up thinking it was just a d This book was a story about two young tooth fairies that wanted to collect a boy's first lost tooth. The mother tells them to whisper in the boy's ear, and he woke up thinking it was just a dream.
Although this book has a decent enough story line, the illustrations, especially at the beginning, are a bit odd and in my opinion inappropriate for younger children. The father has his stomach hanging out and the mother is in the bathtub. Also, the element of technology and these girls texting their mom when they had a problem was a bit too "modern" for my liking. I don't see much use for this book in a classroom to be honest, not just because I didn't particularly like this book.
The plot was decent, but there wasn't much to the story. The characters weren't very developed, other than the weird pictures of the parents at the beginning. The problem and solution were very straight forward without much suspense. Overall, I would not recommend this book. Jul 11, Ally Copper rated it really liked it Shelves: edtslm-resources-for-children. It tells the story of two young fairies preparing for their first visit to the home of a little boy who has lost a tooth.
After receiving guidance and advice from their parents practiced tooth fairies , April and Esme must secure and bring back the tooth and leave a coin for the little boy to find, and they must accomplish this without being seen. This picture book gives a fun sp Child readers kindergarten through third grade will be enchanted by "April and Esme: Tooth Fairies" by Bob Graham.
This picture book gives a fun spin on tooth fairy lore, and young readers will love to speculate about the tooth fairies who have visited them in the night, leaving behind a treasure for them to find in the morning. Readers will like the little funny touches, such as April's use of a cell phone to text her mom during the retrieval of the tooth.
The ink and watercolor illustrations, also by Graham, are humorous and cute. Details like the fact that the girls' dad has a ponytail and their bathtub is a teacup add personality to this story. Overall it's a sweet tale that children will relish. Sep 18, Katie Day rated it liked it. Old-fashioned tooth fairies living in a tiny thatched cottage behind an old stump right next to the M42 North highway - taking calls on their cell phones re teeth waiting to be collected and using electric hair dryers after bathing in a teacup.
His grandmother called them on their cell phone to arrange it. Even though Daniel has Old-fashioned tooth fairies living in a tiny thatched cottage behind an old stump right next to the M42 North highway - taking calls on their cell phones re teeth waiting to be collected and using electric hair dryers after bathing in a teacup. Even though Daniel has left his tooth in a glass of water the way his grandmother leaves her false teeth in one at night , one sister swims down to retrieve it. When Daniel opens his eyes and sees them, they text their mother to ask for advice. Pen and ink, and watercolors.
Mar 24, Susanna Fenimore added it. April and Esme: Tooth Fairies, is a wonderful story for a child who will be expecting a visit from the tooth fairy in the near future. It puts a fun twist on the traditional tooth fairy story that we were all told. April and Esme are daughters to two tooth fairies and they receive a special phone call from a grandmother asking for the two girls specifically to come and retrieve her grandsons tooth.
The illustrations are done with what appears colored pencils, and depicts their tiny fairy house b April and Esme: Tooth Fairies, is a wonderful story for a child who will be expecting a visit from the tooth fairy in the near future. The illustrations are done with what appears colored pencils, and depicts their tiny fairy house between a rock next to highway. This is great for students and young children because it shows them size comparison on how little the fairies are compared to us. Even though the that part is not realistic, because well fairies doesn't exist, the illustrations throughout this book are realistically done, and have great detail bringing the story to life for any young reader!
A definite must read! Jun 09, Agnes U rated it liked it Shelves: picture-books-class. I really like the fact that despite the fantasy theme, the fairy family seems to be a contemporary modern family. I have a feeling that the author replaced a story of a casual event with a fairylike story and to make it more credible additional fantasy features had been added.
May 06, Marsha Earl rated it it was amazing. April gets her first Tooth Collection assignment by cell phone. The illustrations were definitely twenty first century so real but still a fantasy. This book gets 5 stars and could be used for a read aloud. After reminding their mom that she was six when she got her first assignment pare April and Esme Tooth Fairies by: Bob Graham This is a wonderful fantasy book about April and Esme Underhill.
After reminding their mom that she was six when she got her first assignment parents they decided to let them go. Their parents told them how dangerous the highways were filled with 18 wheelers and they must be very careful.