The following email exchanges triggered some brainstorming on my part. I was teaching kindergarten at the time and began thinking of how to combine the tooth fairy story as I told Samantha in the email with the idea of an alliterative ABC story. The idea is that the alliterative lines would be tongue twisters to enhance phoneme development and awareness. In addition, I wanted to create a story that would offer more complex vocabulary with rhyming couplets to appeal to the later primary and early junior grades. Voila, the story of Abbey’s Dental Jewel was birthed! Thank you, Alex and Samantha (who is now 20 years old and in university) … you inspired this story!