Friday, November 14, 2008
Book week ::: Day 5
The story of Karius and Bactus, with its humorous illustrations and important message, has become a classic of Norwegian children's literature. Since its publication in 1949, the idea of "tooth trolls" has been used as a pedagogical device for generations of Scandinavian children. It's written by Thorbjørn Egner a well known writer of children books.
The main characters are Karius (black haired) and Bactus (red haired). Their names are puns on Caries and Bacteria, and they are two small "tooth trolls" that live inside cavities in the teeth of a boy named Jens. They have a very good life, especially when Jens eats white bread with syrup and fails to brush his teeth afterwards.
Eventually their homes are destroyed by the work of a dentist and they are rinsed out of Jens' mouth through proper dental care.
My kids love this story and the puppet animated film made by Ivo Caprino!