Thursday, February 12, 2009

Children's book about dental health

Apparently February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Who knew? In honor, we're posting a review of our favorite toothy book. Consider gifting it to your children in anticipation of their first dental visits.

The Tooth Book (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) (Hardcover), by Theo Lesieg. The Tooth Book was written by Dr. Seuss, who (according to an explanatory page in the book) used the pen name Theo Lesieg when not illustrating himself. (Dr. Seuss's real name is Theodor Geisel, and Lesieg is Geisel spelled backwards). Joe Mathieu illustrates this fun book which praises the merits of teeth and offers a bit of off the wall dental health advice ("And don't be dumb like Katy Klopps. Don't try to chew off bottle tops!"). The book concludes "And never bite your dentist when he works inside your head. Your dentist is your teeth's best friend. Bite carrot sticks instead!" This might make a nice gift for a child just starting to make regular trips to the dentist.

Excerpt:

"'They come in handy when you chew,' says Mr. Donald Driscoll Drew. 'That's why my family grew a few.'"

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He liked to be read this one when very young. This length of book is sometimes difficult for him at this age (14 1/2 months), but I think we'll try it again this week and see what he thinks. He understands mouths and chewing now, so the images of teeth might amuse him.




Looking for a companion craft? This site contains many links to fun projects related to dental health, including coloring pages, songs about teeth, and ways to store them for tooth fairy visits.

3 comments:

Kim Baise said...

We're due for a visit to the dentist next month. This book sounds like a fun read, thanks!

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

Dental Health Month! Who knew! My 1 year old could brush his teeth all day, every day. To the point where I have to lock the bathroom door.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Glad you like the look of it, Kim.

Natasha, that's so funny. I have a photo I love of our little guy brushing his teeth in church during a wedding service. It kept him quiet!