There’s a question that puzzles all those under ten,
Quite intrigued, kids keep asking again and again
Why the tooth fairies need so many teeth
The number they take really beggars belief.
Most parents say: ‘To build ivory towers’,
But that’s not the half of it – they use special powers
To turn your teeth into some wonderful things,
And some more mundane – like a hook for their wings.
In the land of the fairies, teeth are put to good uses,
The best hollowed out as large punch bowls for ‘juices’,
The whitest cut up to make keys for pianos,
The blackest make muzzles for angrier sparrows.
(Just to explain, in case you didn’t know,
Fairies use sparrows like horses and go
Everywhere sat on the back of a bird,
Now the muzzle thing hopefully seems less absurd?)
Fairies collect teeth of all sizes and shapes,
And carry them in rucksacks so no tooth escapes,
They collect them from children and animals too,
They get a bit scared getting teeth from the zoo…
So what else to do they do with the teeth you might ask.
Each tooth is predestined for its own special task:
Like vases for flowers, or umbrella handles,
Tiny phone handsets or holders for candles.
They use them to make tiny knives and forks too,
And miniature skateboards and shovels for poo,
And bookmarks and ovens and jewellery as well,
And combs and toothbrushes and wellies and bells.
As you are probably starting to see,
Not a lot’s not made from teeth by fairies,
And as they look out of their ivory towers
(They frequently do so for hours and hours)
Their whole world is gleaming and shiny and white,
To keep it that way please brush morning and night.