This book explains what happens when you visit a dentist office. It goes through the process of visiting the dentist, shows children what the dentist looks like, and shows children what dentists do when you visit. This is a great way to open a lesson on dental hygiene. I love the idea of reading this book to ease children's fears of going to the dentist if they've never been. After reading the story, the class will then discuss it and answer any questions they may have about the dentist. We will also talk about why dental hygiene is important and why we should brush our teeth. After the discussion, each student will be given a piece of a ceramic tile and have mustard squirted onto the tile. The next day, students will visit the tile again to see what it looks like. The teacher will explain that this is what happens to our teeth when we do not brush our teeth at night and food sits on them all night. Students will then be given a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush their “tooth” to see what it looks like when they brush their teeth.
I grew up reading and listening to the Little Critter books so when I wanted to get a present for one of the children I work with, this was the series I went for (and of course I had to read it before I gave it to him. That's just responsible gift-giving.)
This was a very good book, especially to read before taking a child to the dentist for the first time. The story goes through some of the things to expect when going to the dentist and doesn't sugar-coat things. It recognizes that some things are kind of scary, but there are cool things too like spitting and x-rays, and that it really isn't a bad experience.
Great illustrations, as usual for Little Critter books. A very good read.