Tooth fairy-a fairy said to leave a gift especially a coin, under a child’s pillow for a baby tooth that has fallen out of a child’s mouth and been put under the pillow.
The tooth fairy has been rumored to sneak in to a child’s room and place a coin under the pillow. During her visit, the tooth fairy makes sure she is not seen by anyone. The tooth taken by her is kept in her tower and it is used for her purposes.
It is said that pictures of the tooth fairy have been taken in everything from art, picture books and storybooks.
Our American folklore established the tooth fairy by the early part of the 1900s. In an article by Smilestones states,
“Anyway, as people migrated to this country, many of the same beliefs and superstitions followed them. However, since most of the people now found themselves living n towns and cities, bare land wasn't as plentiful. So they began placing the teeth in small flowerpots, or planter boxes. Eventually this rite too changed, and the fallen out tooth was placed under a child's pillow, where the parents switched the tooth (always in the middle of the night) for a treat or a coin.”
According to painter Maxfield Parrish, he depicts a tooth fairy once in the corner of a painting. Generally, fairies are considered to be great influences in art, folklore and legend surround each fairy tale.
A parent does the action of the reimbursement of the coin under the child’s pillow. But then as kids we think that there is a real fairy.
All children grew to love this rite of passage. I did and so did you.