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Summary: A brother and sister take a trip to the dentist for a checkup. We follow them through the whole visit, from making an appointment to sitting in the chair to filling a cavity. There are drawings of what rotten teeth look like, as well as advice for keeping teeth clean and white. THis picture book describes the dental experience. It is an Accelerated Reader title, giving new readers a chance to participate, too.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Reading Level: 3
Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: The book held our son's attention. He was very patient and liked the busy illustrations, particularly the page about "keeping your teeth clean."
Adult Reader Reaction: I'm not sure our child understood the events in the office as much. Although it was a little advanced for my child, it could be good in preparing for a dentist's visit. I found the book to be fairly explicit about the grossness of poorly-cared-for teeth. However, the dentist and nurse were illustrated as very smiley, nice people and the book explained everything very clearly.
Pros: This book accurately shows what a visit to the dentist might be like. It gives kids an idea of what is going to happen.
Cons: This could make a child more anxious about having a cavity. They show a needle for injecting the local anesthetic and drilling the tooth.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This would be a good book for a school library or the public library in anticipation of a visit to the dentist.
Educational Themes: The lesson here is that we need to brush our teeth so we don't get cavities! This would be excellent in Kindergarten, First or Second grade classrooms. They show what foods to eat and which to avoid.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, health