In 2005 the USDA unveiled MyPyramid to help Americans make healthier eating choices. MyPyramid, which replaces the old Food Guide Pyramid, stresses the need for individual food plans. So now more than ever, young readers need to learn the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. With easy-to-read text and vivid photographs, these books clearly explain each food group, how each is important for good health, and how to make healthy choices.
Part of the "Healthy Teeth" series, this attractive book offers preschoolers and early elementary school students a close-up look at tooth brushing basics. Large color photographs fill more than half of double-page spreads, showing "Luke," a five or six-year-old, brushing his teeth, rinsing his mouth and toothbrush, and holding out both a new toothbrush and one that is worn out. One illustration shows a cross section of three teeth with plaque and "food," drawn as a bizarre bubbly-looking white material, wedged up against the teeth. The recommended pea-sized portion of toothpaste is illustrated on another page. What is not shown, unfortunately, is the technique children should use to brush their teeth. Is it back and forth or in circles? Readers won't know after reading this. The text is very brief and printed in large, clear letters on a white background. The book includes a table of contents, an index, a glossary, a brief list of relatively recent books on the topic, and a list of websites. This last resource isn't entirely helpful: one of the three sites listed is for the American Dental Association, which is not child friendly, and the second is a dead link to the American Academy of Dermatology. The third site listed is age-appropriate, but has only the briefest amount of information on the importance of brushing and no information on proper technique. The usefulness of this effort is certainly diminished by failure to include a clear demonstration of how teeth should be brushed, making it a non-essential purchase for most collections. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds
Mari Schuh has written more than 100 nonfiction books for children, covering a wide range of science and social studies topics. She has written numerous articles for daily newspapers and has presented at the West Virginia Book Festival. Mari enjoys visiting the amazing two-story butterfly room at the Milwaukee Public Museum. She also recently spotted a praying mantis for the first time. Mari lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joe, and their house rabbit, Kindle.