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the tooth bookEditorial Review

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Every child studies dental care in school and this lively picture book makes learning how to care for your teeth fun. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall health. After all, you need your pearly whites to eat, smile, and talk. But what should you expect when you go to the dentist? What should you do if you lose a tooth? Full of straightforward advice and animated, colorful art, as well as some bite-sized bits of history and lore, this guide provides accessible information about taking care of your teeth. The much-needed dental advice in this book is both timely and accessible to today’s children. The “Monster Health Book”, companion title to “The Tooth Book”, was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year and earned shining reviews.

About the Author

Edward Miller has written, illustrated, and designed numerous books for children. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. This is the first book he has authored for Holiday House. He lives in New York City. His website is www.edmiller.com.

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Reading level: Ages 4-8   Paperback: 30 pages

Open Wide BookEditorial Review

Lauri Keller, the much-applauded creator of the wacky, wonderful The Scrambled States of America, traces one school day in a classroom of teeth in Open Wide: Tooth School Inside. Fortunately, when Dr. Flossman takes attendance, all 32 teeth are present to take the pledge: “And to the gums on which we stand, strong and healthy, with toothbrushes and toothpaste for all.” The day proceeds with an anatomy lesson (illustrating dentin, enamel, pulp, etc.), which is interrupted only momentarily when Carl Canine badmouths a little molar (hurting his feelings even though he has a hard enamel shell on the outside). Sally Incisor then shares her report on primary teeth (“Babies don’t even need teeth. You never see them eating corn on the cob or anything”), and the Tooth Fairy makes a guest appearance, offering molar-coaster rides and bemoaning the whole “under-the-pillow” idea, which causes her to fear suffocation. Lunch is a messy affair–complete with food fights–and when it is over, none of the teeth feel like brushing. Of course, an in-depth lesson on tooth decay and cavities ignites a flurry of flossing, gargling, and brushing. As in Scrambled States (which is a must-see if you haven’t yet read it), every clever, colorful collage bubbles with activity, hilarious asides between the teeth, and tiny details that you may miss the first time through. Two quizzes conclude the book, posing questions such as “George Washington had teeth made out of rocks and twigs. T or F” and “Tooth decay is caused by a) bacteria and germs, b) slugs and worms, c) bad perms.” Kids will never ignore their teeth again–and when they do take a look in the mirror they may see a smiling tooth face peering back, begging for a good brush. (Ages 5 to 9) — Karin Snelson –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Dr. Flossman welcomes his 32 students — eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars and 12 molars — to class at the start of Keller’s (The Scrambled States of America) disappointingly flat lesson on tooth care and trivia. While, in her first book, the states themselves delivered the facts in fun-filled chatty exchanges, here the teacher drills into his anthropomorphic pupils a smattering of tooth truths, including the physical composition of teeth, the function of primary teeth, causes of tooth decay and the importance of dental hygiene. The bulk of the narrative is silly filler (for instance, a funky-looking tooth fairy pays a visit to the school and complains that she sometimes almost suffocates trying to retrieve teeth from under pillows). The book’s abundant puns and asides, many delivered by the teeth themselves, may elicit as many groans as giggles from readers. One of the standout spreads, the penultimate, highlights facts about teeth during the times of the Ancient Egyptians through to George Washington. Though the book’s cluttered, quirky art is at its best in comical scenarios of ambulatory teeth in the cafeteria and at recess, the visual humor, like that of the narrative, lacks the incisive bite of Keller’s earlier book. Ages 5-10. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. — This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Reading level: Ages 9-12  Paperback: 40 pages

Dora show me your smileEditorial Review

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It’s time for Dora’s checkup at the dentist. Dora explores the dentist’s office, gets her teeth cleaned, and more! She even gets a special treat for being such a good patient!

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Reading level: Baby-Preschool  Paperback: 24 pages

going to the dentist bookEditorial Review

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This series introduces very young children, in an amusing and friendly way, to situations they might find themselves in for the first time. This text deals with the first trip to the dentist. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition

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Reading level: Ages 4-8  Paperback: 16 pages

Clarabella's Teeth BookEditorial Review

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-An amusing story about the importance of carefully brushing your teeth and the satisfaction gained by helping a friend. When Clarabella, a crocodile, and her friends wake up, they start the day by brushing their teeth. The monkey, the zebra, the rabbit, and the leopard get the job done quickly while Clarabella “brushes and brushes and brushes” all of her teeth. Her friends play, have lunch, build sand castles, nibble ripe mangoes, and leap and spin around. As they move through their day, the question, “And Clarabella?” tempts readers to turn each page. By the time she is ready to join the fun, the other creatures are getting ready for bed. Poor Clarabella sighs, but then her friends surprise her with a large toothbrush. Delighted with her gift, the young crocodile turns her sigh into a big smile. The animals are playfully illustrated; the zebra sports pink and purple stripes, the monkey is done in green and purple, the rabbit is bright red with a green outline, and the leopard has green spots. This quirky and bright artwork, executed in pastels, is eye-catching and funny.
Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“amusing story about…brushing…teeth and…helping a friend…animals are playfully illustrated…quirky and bright artwork…eye-catching and funny.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL — Review
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Reading level: Baby-Preschool  Hardcover: 32 pages

Brush Brush Brush BookEditorial Review

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Each board book in this series features the rhythmic, rhyming interactive text that is becoming a hallmark to the Rookie Toddler line, along with bright and energetic full-color illustrations or photos that depict readiness concepts and body awareness.

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Reading level: Baby-Preschool  Board book: 12 pages

The Tooth Book by Dr. SeussEditorial Review

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Teeththey come in handy when you chew or smile! In Dr. Seusss hilarious ode to teeth, little ones will laugh out loud as they find out all the things teeth can do and how to take care of them so they last a lifetime! All the fun and charm of the original book are in this new board book version for the youngest readers.

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Teeththey come in handy when you chew or smile! In Dr. Seuss’s hilarious ode to teeth, little ones will laugh out loud as they find out all the things teeth can do and how to take care of them so they last a lifetime! All the fun and charm of the original book are in this new board book version for the youngest readers.
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Reading level: Baby-Preschool  Board book: 24 pages

Sesame Street, Ready Set Brush BookEditorial Review

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Even monsters need to brush their teeth to keep them healthy and strong. Elmo, Zoe, and their friends from Sesame Street show kids how easy it is to care for their teeth in Ready, Set, Brush! Flaps to open, wheels to turn, and fun pop-ups help illustrate elements of oral hygiene: applying toothpaste, brushing, rinsing, and regular visits to the dentist. Learning to brush has never been so much fun!

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Reading level: Ages 4-8  Board book: 12 pages

Have you ever seen a Moose brush his teeth bookProduct Details

Reading level: Ages 4-8  Hardcover: 24 pages

Throw your tooth on the Roof bookEditorial Review

Amazon.com Review

Eat your heart out, tooth fairy. According to the informal research of the author, the world is full of other, equally fascinating myths and traditions about what happens, or should be done, when those milk choppers part company with childish gums. If you come from Chile or Costa Rica, your parents will have the tooth made into a charm. If you’re Venezuelan, you put the tooth under your pillow and hope that a mouse brings you money. (Oddly enough, mice, milk teeth, and money are associated all over the world.) Playful illustrations by G. Brian Karas include a world map, plus lots of fun depictions of the world’s dentally challenged junior inhabitants. (Ages 4 to 8) –Richard Farr –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Children from countries on each continent explain what they do when they lose a tooth, including throwing their teeth on the roof. PW called this volume “an eye-opener for young Americans who may have assumed that the Tooth Fairy holds a worldwide visa.” Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Reading level: Ages 4-8  Paperback: 32 pages

the magic school busEditorial Review

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Wanda finds a tooth in the back of Ms. Frizzle’s classroom. It is small and very sharp. It doesn’t look like a human tooth. Who lost it? The Friz thinks a field trip is in order to explore what teeth do and why they have different shapes. Take off on the Magic School Bus for an adventure with lots of bite, and find out all about teeth!

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Reading level: Ages 4-8  Paperback: 32 pages