Vera Goes to the Dentist

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Vera's back and on the run again-this time from the dentist!-in this playful addition to an ever-charming series.

"Open, please," said Dr. Knoll.

Vera opened her mouth again. Suddenly she saw a whirring machine on a long handle coming closer and closer. It sputtered pink flecks.

Vera shut her mouth tightly.

When Vera goes to the dentist for a checkup, she wears her favorite ...

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Overview

Vera's back and on the run again-this time from the dentist!-in this playful addition to an ever-charming series.

"Open, please," said Dr. Knoll.

Vera opened her mouth again. Suddenly she saw a whirring machine on a long handle coming closer and closer. It sputtered pink flecks.

Vera shut her mouth tightly.

When Vera goes to the dentist for a checkup, she wears her favorite cowgirl skirt since it always makes her feel brave. But not even her special skirt prepares her for the whir of the tooth-cleaning machine, and Vera's off and running before Dr. Knoll knows what's happened!

A trip to the dentist can often be scary for young children. With charm and subtlety, Vera Rosenberry takes the fear out of this new experience and proves that a little reassurance goes a long way.

On Vera's first visit to the dentist, she has an unexpected reaction when he tries to polish her teeth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The distinctive sound of the cleaning machine forces the titular heroine to flee her seat in Vera Goes to the Dentist by Vera Rosenberry. With a little encouragement from Dr. Knoll, the girl first introduced in When Vera Was Sick gets her teeth cleaned and likes it. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This sweet-natured picture book is another addition to the series about Vera, the next-to-youngest daughter in a middle-class urban family with a vaguely British air. When Vera hears her mother say that it's time to visit the dentist, she assumes that only her older sisters are going, and that she'll be able to stay home and fly her kite with Dad. Mother announces that Vera is going too, however, so the little girl puts on her cowboy skirt, which always makes her feel strong and brave, and the four of them set off. Vera does fine until Dr. Knoll turns on the tooth-brushing machine. Then her panic makes her shut her mouth tight, jump off the chair, and run for her life. Eventually, everyone catches up with her, Dr. Knoll comforts her, and she allows him to polish her teeth with no more trouble. While there's not much plot here, the author's tone is reassuring and the humorous illustrations are carefully multicultural. This is the sort of dental practice where patients read Ulysses in the waiting room. 2002, Henry Holt,
— Miriam Rinn
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The little girl whom readers may have met when she was sick, when she started school, and when she ran away is now faced with her first visit to the dentist. Although she wears her favorite cowgirl skirt to help her be brave, it's no match for the "whirring machine on a long handle coming closer and closer.-[that] sputtered pink flecks." Vera bites the unsuspecting dentist and dashes out the door. After quite a chase, dentist and child return to the office hand in hand. She admires her clean teeth in the mirror and proudly displays her new green toothbrush. Rosenberry's colorful gouache illustrations are done on Lanaquarelle paper and pleasantly complement the details of the story. Gender roles are portrayed with equality. Dad is busy cooking breakfast and staying home with the baby, while Mom takes the older children to their appointments. A story that's sure to ease the minds of soon-to-be patients and please established Vera fans.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Why do you need to go to the dentist if all your teeth are going to fall out anyway? No mom really has a good answer to that age-old question, but a little preventative maintenance never hurt anyone. Little Vera is faced with her first visit to the dentist along with her bigger sisters, and at least it means that she's getting bigger! While her cowgirl skirt bolsters her sense of courage, nothing prepares her for the terror of . . . of . . . the dentist's whirring tooth polisher. Vera bolts and everyone chases her around the block. But a little knowledge goes a long way, and she is convinced to return to the chair, and is rewarded with a set of bright, shiny teeth. Rosenberry's fourth, funny installment of the Vera stories (Vera Runs Away, 2000, etc.) takes away the fear of the unknown of that first trip to the dentist. The gouache illustrations are detailed enough so that little children and their folks can pick out all the machines and other utensils they'll see in the modern day dentists' lair, er, office. Unlike Vera, they'll know just what to expect and have the extra reward of another first-time adventure from the indefatigable heroine of this series. Now we know why God invented dental hygienists, seat belts, and tic-tac-toe. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805066685
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of four other adventures about Vera. Ms. Rosenberry lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband.

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