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MAKE WAY FOR TOOTH DECAY (Hello Readers, level 3)

Author: Bobbi Katz

Illustrator: Steve Bjorkman

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Publisher: Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, ©1999

Material: paperback

Summary: If you brush your teeth, then what will happen to all the bacteria in your mouth? Follow along as the bacteria take you on a tour and try to discourage you from brushing your teeth. This is an easy reader for emergent readers that uses reverse psychology to get kids to brush their teeth.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8 read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 1.3

Age of Child: Read by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed as she read this book. She stopped on every page to look at what the bacteria (all given human-type traits) were doing.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever way to encourage kids to brush their teeth. The story is filled with humor, both in words and illustration; and there is just enough rhyme to help readers with new words they may not recognize. This is a fun easy reader that you can easily use with preschoolers, too.

Pros: Kids will laugh their way through this story where bacteria try to convince them NOT to brush their teeth. This is a great way to add science to your reading.

Cons: For younger kids, you may need to point out the irony by asking questions like "does that sound like a good idea" or "should we really stop brushing our teeth?"

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This is a book that would be excellent to read before you go to the dentist the first time. Pre-readers will like the story and they'll love that they can come back as first graders and read it themselves!

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOING TO THE DENTIST (Usborne First Experiences)   NEVER TAKE A SHARK TO THE DENTIST AND OTHER THINGS NOT TO DO   MR. DUZ GOES TO THE DENTIST

Educational Themes: Although this is intended to be a book to help emergent readers (First and Second grade), there is a lot of science in the book, too. You can talk about hygiene, diet, and going to the dentist.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.3

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, science, biology, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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