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Vera Goes to the Dentist Hardcover – May 1, 2002

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From 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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 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, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Vera
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805066683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805066685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this at the bookstore, paying full price, hoping to familiarize my three-year-old daughter with the dentist prior to her first visit. Unfortunately, the plot line which has Vera jumping from the dentist chair and running around the block when faced with the whirring tooth polishing machine frightened her, rather than bolstering her courage. She got the idea that the dentist was someone to fear, rather than someone to care for you and your teeth. Our visit to the dentist a week after reading the book every night (her choice) was filled with tears and her crying "I want to go home!" And, yes, for those of you who think we just read the book with no discussion -- please! We had long talks about the dentist, how she counts, cleans and checks your teeth, how the chair is big and she uses various instruments and the room might smell funny and you might hear unusual sounds . . . The only thing my daughter DIDN'T do was leap out of the chair and run around the block. But only because I stationed myself at the door to catch her if she tried. I'd recommend for older readers who have been to the dentist before!
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Format: Hardcover
To begin, this book is NOT meant for 3 year olds. It states clearly from the publisher that this is for the 4-8 crowd, though I think by 8 the kids know what they are getting into at the dentist and don't really find this that entertaining. But I digress. This book is a wonderful book if read in the right context. Yes, the little girl ends up being scared of the electric toothbrush and bites the dentist's finger. But the dentist is not mad. In fact, he realizes that HE made the mistake by not telling Vera what to expect. And that's what kids want: to know what is about to happen to them. So I think this book is a good jumping-off point to open the discussion of going to the dentist and what it will be like. For many it's NOT just about counting teeth - it's actually cleaning and it's sometimes loud.

When my kids were 3 I was not reading this to them, 4 is really the earliest. And even then, I had to keep my reading "tone" upbeat and fun. Vera books are generally wonderful, the illustrations are wonderfully quirky, though often words need to be changed or omitted (as with many children's books).
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I got this book for my three year-old son before his first dentist visit, to try to familiarize him with what would happen there. What a mistake! The picture of the tooth cleaner, which is illustrated as huge and scary, troubled him deeply, and my son continuted to talk about that image with fear for days after reading the book. Why would a book about a child's first visit to the dentist show the child running away, with the dentist chasing her around the block??? This book may be fine for older kids, but please do NOT purchase it for the first-time patient!
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