Doctor De Soto

Doctor De Soto

by William Steig

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Overview

A Newbery Honor Book from the creator of Shrek.

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312611897
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 43,323
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based; the Caldecott Medal-winner Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Caldecott Honor book The Amazing Bone; and the Newbury Honor Books Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.

Reading Group Guide

Healthy Teeth

This book can serve as an entertaining introduction to a dental health unit, and would also be appropriate for a nutrition unit. After reading the book, discuss proper dental care; if possible, invite a local dentist to present information to the students.

How Many Teeth?

Create a class graph representing the number of teeth lost by each student. Have students relate how and when they lost a tooth, and share their personal beliefs about the tooth fairy. Then students can compose a factual story about a lost tooth, a fictional story about the tooth fairy, or a note to be left for the tooth fairy upon her next visit.

Open for Business

The two signs outside Doctor De Soto's office read: DR. DE SOTO, DENTIST, and CATS & OTHER DANGEROUS ANIMALS NOT ACCEPTED FOR TREATMENT. Ask students to imagine starting their own business. What job would they choose? What important information must their sign convey? Have students create their sign using oaktag or cardboard. Encourage student creativity and originality.

Animals Beware

Ask students to list the animals Doctor De Soto and his wife would and would not treat. Then create a class chart listing a variety of animals and their predators. In small groups, have students choose an environment (e.g., ocean, desert, or woodlands) and design a mural depicting the animals and predators that inhabit this environment. Students should record relevant information below the mural, denoting the predators and describing the protective mechanisms of their prey (e.g., camouflage, defensive behaviors).

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Doctor De Soto 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Jw30 More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old daughter loved this book. She picked it as one of her bedtime stories for a week after she first got it. Then she took it to bed with her everynight and fell asleep reading it. Very clever story, my husband and I both enjoy reading this to her.
DK_Fours More than 1 year ago
Another great book for dental health month. This has a powerful message that even someone who is small can help out someone big. It's also an excellent story about trust and listening to yourself, if something does not feel quite right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. DeSoto is a Newberry Honor book. I loved this book. It was very colorful and the pictures were very detailed. Dr. DeSoto was a mouse and also a dentist. ¿Being a mouse, he refused to treat animals dangerous to mice, and it said so on his sign.¿ Would Dr. DeSoto go against his own rules for a fox that was in terrible pain? Dr. DeSoto is a Fantasy book. It¿s not everyday that you will see a mouse dentist being lifted by a rope into someone¿s mouth. The book Dr. DeSoto is a great book that teaches trust. This book would be a great book for grade levels 3rd through 6th grade. William Steig, the United States nominee for the 1982 Hans Christian Anderson Illustrator¿s medal, received the 1981 Irma Simonton Black Award for his book Gorky Rises. Steig has also written several other books. He has written Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel¿s Island, and The Amazing Bone. The books Abels¿s Island and The Amazing Bone were 1977 Newberry and Caldecott Honor Books.
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctor De Soto is a mouse dentist who treats all size of herbivore, but one day a fox shows up with such a terrible tooth ache the Doc takes pity on him, but then must cleverly avoid becoming dinner when the fox's tooth is fixed. This may be the best Steig book and emphasizes using your head to get out of trouble. Great illustrations filled, but not cluttered, with fun details. Highly recommended for all readers and all collections for children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Your children will love reading Doctor De Soto. It is very funny and will add new words to your childs vocabulary for example permate and much more. I rate Doctor De Soto as a great childrens book.
KaydeeParrish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Reaction: This book is about a dentist who is a mouse. He is very careful to treat only aminals who aren't a danger to mice. One day a fox comes to his office with a bad toothache. Dr. De Soto feels bad for the fox so he lets him in. The fox is good while Dr. De Soto pulls his tooth. The mice worry that the fox will harm them the next day when the fox returns for his new tooth. When the fox comes back, the Dr. puts in his new tooth and then puts this stuff in his mouth that keeps it shut. The fox had been outsmarted by the mouse!Personal Reaction: Very cute book! I love when authors use animals as characters in books. I feel like it adds so much more to the story. I also like how the author kept you thinking at the end of the story of what the mouse was going to do to the fox.Classroom Extensions:1. I would have students draw pictures of what animal they would use their dentist (the mouse) and what animal they would use as their patient (the fox).2. I would teach students about their teeth and the importance of cleaning them.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was incredibly smart and funny. It's about Dr. Desoto, a mouse dentist, and his wife, his assistant. They treat a variety of animals and he's a well known dentist, however, they refuse to treat dangerous animals. One day, a fox comes in with a terrible toothache and they debate about whether or not to treat him. They decide to let him in and they extract his tooth but see that he is tempted to eat them. He needs to come back the next day to get his new tooth and they formulate a plan. After the fox has his work done, they offer him a new treatment that will prevent toothaches forever. He agrees and they paint his teeth with glue so he can't open his mouth for a day or two. They outfox the fox. It's a really cute book and the illustrations are great. I love how William Steig uses animals as characters and he is abl eto give them so much personality.
michelleknudsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming story about a mouse dentist and his wife/assistant who agree to help a fox and then have to outwit him in order to avoid being eaten. It¿s satisfying read but I¿m kind of surprised about the Newbery Honor¿it doesn¿t seem quite that amazing of a story to me.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute book about how a fox is outsmarted by a mice.
cmiersma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Doctor Do Soto is a dentist, but he is also a mouse. When a fox who is in terrible pain comes to Dr. Do Soto, the doctor decides to go ahead and help the fox. By the end of the fox¿s treatment, he decides he is going to eat the mouse and his wife, but the doctor has come up with a plan. He knows foxes eat mice, so he tricks the fox and he is unable to open his mouth to eat the mice. This fantasy shows a variety of animals talking and sharing emotions. The events that take place, such as a mouse being a dentist, could never take place in the real world. The story could be used in a classroom for appreciative listening. Children could draw out certain events in the story and compare pictures to see what was meaningful in the story to each student. The setting in this story is necessary for the storyline. The fact the mouse is a dentist makes it appropriate that the setting would take place at a dentist office. The mice also are illustrated as being so small, that when they work on larger animals, they much use a ladder to accommodate. This shows the size of the mice compared to other animals and how vulnerable they are to animals such as a fox. Media: Oil Paints
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is really very funny, both the story and the wonderful illustrations.  Give it to your dentist for his or her waiting room  and to any child anticipating the regular check-up! 
MahMah More than 1 year ago
Every children's dental office should have a copy of this ultra delightful story of a mouse named Dr. DeSoto sitting in their waiting rooms. The illustrations, alone, are so cleverly drawn and colorful that children not yet old enough to read would be able to understand what the story is all about just by turning the pages and would, therefore, be less inclined to focus on the REAL reason why they are there in a dentist's office! Basically, this award winning author's tale is about a dentist mouse and his ass't mouse wife, who, against their better judgment, agree to accept as a patient, a well-dressed, prosperous looking fox, even tho the sign on the outside of Dr. DeSoto's office clearly says: "Cats and other dangerous animals not accepted for treatment". Dr. DeSoto and his wife feel pity for the obviously truly suffering fox and they allow him to enter their office and begin treatment for his terrible pain, which Dr. DeSoto quickly discovers is caused by a horribly rotten tooth. However, in the process of giving Mr. Fox some gas thru a small nose mask so that he will be asleep when Dr. DeSoto extracts the very rotten tooth from the fox's very wide open mouth, they hear him mumbling in a sleepy, dreamy way about how he "loves them raw-- with a dash of salt"...and they quickly realize that it is Mr. Fox's intention to eat them after they have completed the extraction of his rotten tooth and replaced it with a finely polished solid gold tooth that Mrs. DeSoto fashions for him that evening and which Dr. DeSoto plans to insert in the fox's mouth the morning of the next day. It is during the nite that Dr. DeSoto and his ass't wife come up with a plan to foil Mr. Fox's wicked plan and the story ends in a surprising and satisfying way for all except Mr. Fox. I 'told' this story to five classes of 7 and 8 year olds at a Denver Public Elementary School and it was a HUGE hit! Plus the bonus for me was that I had so much fun 'telling' it. I find all of of William Steig's children's books to be adaptable to telling as well as reading. I wish there were more of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a Newberry Honor Book. It would be classified as a fantasy book and it¿s appropriate for children ages 4-8. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the detail and color in the illustrations. In this story a mouse named Dr. De Soto is a dentist. He states, ¿Being a mouse, he refused to treat animals dangerous to mice, and it said so on his sign¿. But would there come a day when Dr. De Soto would have to bend the rules? William Steig is the author and illustrator of this book. He has been the United States nominee for the 1982 Hans Christian Anderson Illustrator¿s medal. Mr. Steig has written several other books, such as Abel¿s Island and The Amazing Bone. These books were Newbery and Caldecott Honor books. Steig, William. Doctor De Soto. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doctor De Soto is a mouse who just happens to be a dentist. Animals from all around come to see him for all of thier teeth problems. Being so small he can just get right in there 'wearing his rubbers, to keep his feet dry' to help the big animals so they would hardly feel any pain. After all Doctor De Soto was a mouse so he refused 'Cats and other Dangerous Animals Not ACcepted for Treatment.' And who could blame him. But one day there was a sly old fox who complained of a tooth ache. Will Doctor De Soto let him in to help him or will he leave the poor fox outside in pain? Read and you will find out. Doctor De Soto is a wonderful Newberry honor book that goes into the genre of Fantasy, because of the talking mice that work on teeth. I would recomend anyone this book because i think that it has the same vaule as Asops tales, with the sly fox. Steig, William. DOCTOR DE SOTO. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. DeSoto is a great children's book. It supports doing what is just, and 'good' triumphs over 'evil'. The book is also well illustrated and easy to follow. This book might help children who are scared of the dentist because it mentions the care he takes and how they feel little pain which lets kids know that the dentist is there to help.