ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to Z

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From Appointments, Bibs, and Cavities through X-rays and how to combat icky Yellow film on teeth, this book takes kids on a reassuring tour of a trip to the dentist's office. Bright, friendly collage artwork pairs with informative facts on equipment and procedures. This new edition includes an addendum with activities, frequently asked questions, and suggestions for parents and teachers on how to maximize the book's usefulness.
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Overview


From Appointments, Bibs, and Cavities through X-rays and how to combat icky Yellow film on teeth, this book takes kids on a reassuring tour of a trip to the dentist's office. Bright, friendly collage artwork pairs with informative facts on equipment and procedures. This new edition includes an addendum with activities, frequently asked questions, and suggestions for parents and teachers on how to maximize the book's usefulness.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A visit to the dentist has never been so painless. Ziefert describes the experience in an interesting and comprehensive alphabetical format. Pleasing collages combined with colorful illustrations and diagrams provide a realistic picture of what goes on in a dental office. School nurses and dental hygienists would be able to teach a unit on dental health using the book, and it would be a worthwhile purchase for dental offices serving young children. A must purchase for libraries."
School Library Journal

"[offers] plenty of knowledge as well as comfort."
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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Young children often feel uncertain about a first trip to the dentist. Using the alphabet as a familiar basis, the author seeks to reassure children about the experience of a visit to a dentist's office. Each letter explains a concept, procedure, piece of equipment or body part that is directly related to seeing a dentist. Everything from cavity to jaw to instruments to mouthwash to plaque is explained and illustrated with brightly-colored collage pictures. Even an imaginary question-and-answer session between the dentist and a little girl is portrayed using the letter Q. The book would be more useful if a glossary of terms had been included so that youngsters could have ready access to the pronunciation and meaning of such terms as bacteria, tissue, gargle, and lubricate. Text for the letter K exemplifies an all too common error in writing: using a singular noun (i.e., "person") with a plural pronoun (i.e., "their"). A better choice for this subject is Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Put this on the buy list only if there is a need for more material on this subject. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3

A visit to the dentist has never been so painless. Ziefert describes the experience in an interesting and comprehensible alphabetical format. Plaque, floss, cavity, and 23 other terms are defined. Pleasing collages combined with colorful illustrations and diagrams provide a realistic picture of what goes on in a dental office. School nurses and dental hygienists would be able to teach a unit on dental health using the book, and it would be a worthwhile purchase for dental offices serving young children. A must purchase for most libraries.-Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY

Kirkus Reviews
In alphabetical order, this cheery offering provides a succinct overview of a visit to the dentist. Though the details occasionally read like a dictionary, Ziefert should be praised for her ability to match every letter of the alphabet with parts of the mouth or the elements of a dental examination and cleaning. Beginning with A for Appointment, the picture book moves through the dental experience from B (Bib) and C (Cavity) to Z (a slightly cheating Zillion Times Cleaner). In between, pages reveal that Saliva is watery and tasteless, but helps begin digestion, that Teeth are the hardest part of the body and that a Wad of cotton is what the dentist stuffs in the patient's mouth when working on it. Readers also learn the names of the teeth and their components. Murphy's mixed-media collages add dimension and humor to what may become a classic prep for a visit to the dentist's office and is a neat companion to its predecessor, 2007's ABC Doctor. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609052744
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.15 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

From helping them learn to draw, know their colors, and how and why to floss, Harriet Ziefert has been writing books that entertain and inform kids from infancy onward. She is also the founder and publisher of Blue Apple Books. The author lives in South Orange, NJ.

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