If you have not added The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez by Rene Colato Lainez to your classroom or school library yet, do yourself and your students a favor by picking up a copy ASAP! My Kinders loved hearing me speak in a thick Spanish accent and I loved teaching them about the language and culture of many Hispanic families.
Before this story I didn't know that other countries had different traditions for lost teeth. But sure enough, just like Santa Claus, many cultures have their own version of the Tooth Fairy. In this great picture book the Tooth Fairy and El Raton Perez end up at the same house for the same lost tooth! You'll have to read the rest to figure out how they solve their problem. ;)
This activity is for our youngest readers to simply work through the similarities and differences of the two characters with a little cutting and pasting. For example:
How do they know there is a new lost tooth? One uses the moon, the other uses the stars.
What do they carry with them? One uses a wand, the other a lasso.
I easily extended this activity with the Kinders showing me their proof (or textual evidence, if you will) by showing me what page in the story helped them make that decision.