Inspiring story or consumerism run amok?

February 28th is, so I hear, “National Tooth Fairy Day” in the U.S. We have this tradition in the U.S. of putting our lost baby teeth under our pillows, believing that the “tooth fairy” will come and give us some money in exchange for the tooth. I think I probably got a quarter, but I don’t really remember. This tradition may be practiced in other parts of the Western world, too, but I’m not really sure. If you’re interested, it might be a good research project.

Now there’s a new product out that hopes to become a new tradition in American families. Here’s the trailer:

One parent apparently said:

“I love the Wishingtooth idea. I think that it will make the experience more meaningful than just getting some money under your pillow.”

You can read this “legend” here.

The tablet app is free, but I have a feeling they’re in this for profit, and not just out of the goodness of their hearts.

Discussion Questions / Writing Prompts:

  • Did your family have a tradition about losing baby teeth?
  • What do you think about the typical American custom of the Tooth Fairy and putting the tooth under the pillow to get (a little) money in return?
  • Do you think superstitions/legends/stories like The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and of course Valentine’s Day, should be capitalized upon to make money?

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