The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums


Crunch! Munch! Most kids take their teeth for granted. However, without their pearly whites it would be much harder for them to eat, smile, and talk. Edward Miller provides more than a mouthful of good advice on dental hygiene in this accessible guidebook that makes learning how to care for your teeth fun.
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Crunch! Munch! Most kids take their teeth for granted. However, without their pearly whites it would be much harder for them to eat, smile, and talk. Edward Miller provides more than a mouthful of good advice on dental hygiene in this accessible guidebook that makes learning how to care for your teeth fun.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
Vivid illustrations set on unexpected page layouts combine with basic and little-known tooth facts as well as folklore in this book that covers all aspects of teeth. Included are facts about animal teeth, a timeline for the growth of human teeth, a cross-section of a human tooth, customs surrounding lost teeth, facts about permanent teeth, information about tooth decay and ancient remedies for curing toothaches. The text also addresses brushing, flossing, dentist visits, tips for eating right, first aid for teeth and ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The informative text is intertwined with trivial tidbits about teeth: for example, the section concerning brushing states that birds pick crocodile teeth to clean them, that Ancient Romans made toothpaste from honey, shells and bone fragments, and that toothbrushes used to be made from cow and hog hair. The fonts as well as the use of text and graphics are eye catching, making the book resemble a television commercial or comic book. The book's pace is fast as each topic typically covers two to three pages before moving onto the next toothy subject. An appealing book that will entertain and educate young readers while encouraging proper dental hygiene. Reviewer: Katie DeWald
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4- In this brightly illustrated picture book, Miller goes well beyond the basics of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. Readers view the inside of a tooth and learn about primary and permanent teeth, decay, losing teeth, and dental first aid. Especially welcome is the emphasis on eating healthy foods and avoiding sugar. The pages are loaded with fun facts and historical tidbits. Who knew that barbers removed rotten teeth in the 1200s or that Queen Elizabeth I ate too many sugar cubes? The cleanly designed, computer-generated artwork is appealing, lively, and instructive. Close-up images depict smiling children with stylized features caring for their teeth, and labeled diagrams colorfully convey information. One illustration uses arrows to demonstrate how to brush correctly, and a real X-ray image shows youngsters what a cavity looks like. This entertaining introduction to a potentially dry subject makes an informative resource for educators and a fun read for kids.-Barbara Katz, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, TX

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Kirkus Reviews
Miller presents all things toothy in this fascinating and funny introduction to teeth. Each spread covers a separate topic, beginning with some of the things we would find it hard to do without having teeth and some of the amazing teeth found in the animal kingdom. A tooth timeline helps kids put their development in perspective, while diagrams of a mouth and a cross section of a tooth give them the vocabulary. And what tooth book would be complete without sections on tooth decay, proper brushing techniques and eating habits, and what a visit to the dentist is like. Rounding things out are lost-tooth traditions from other parts of the world, a dental first-aid section, and some dos and don'ts. Miller livens up what could be a very dry topic with some unique factoids and humorous asides, including a look at George Washington's false teeth, what used to be used to make toothbrushes (yuck), and some old ingredients of toothpaste (super yuck). Computer illustrations perfectly match the tone of the text-a mix of fact and humor that will capture kids' attention and spark learning. This is one that kids can really sink their teeth into. (Nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422067
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 362,120
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Miller is the author, illustrator, and designer of many nonfiction books, including Fun with Roman Numerals, Working With Fractions, and The Monster Health Book. The Monster Health Bookwas a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year that School Library Journal called "lively" and "visually appealing." Ed lives in New York City. Learn more at
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