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Brush Your Teeth Please (Pop-Up) Hardcover – April 1, 1993
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"The fun side of good oral health habits." -- American Dental Association News
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Quick defense of the book and its construction: Though this is not a board book, the paper is thick and double layered so my child's experience/motor skill difficulities may be irrelevant to yours. Also, the pop-ups are adorably illustrated and do "grab" a little one's attention.
I bought this book because I wanted my daughter to have some additional and consistent outside reinforcement showing that brushing teeth is something we all do, but after witnessing the last 48 hours of her interactions with the book, it seems that unless I take control of the book and am the one to toggle the pull tabs that the book is doomed to destruction--and my daughter has been taught to respect books and really tries to be gentle with them, but she's not yet three, so she does pull too hard on things at times. But to utilize this kind of tactic deprives her of the fun of interacting with the book, and of taking control of brushing "someone else's teeth".
One possible solution: use the book in the bathroom as your little one is brushing her/his teeth, so she/he gets some entertainment and a step-by-step guide through the brushing process. Just an idea!
In terms of the book's format, it seems most appropriate for children who are nearing three and a half years, though the actual writing that accompanies the illustrations may be too simplistic for older toddlers: "Bears brush their teeth up and down. Brush, brush, brush. Shouldn't you? Brush Brush." But the interactions with the book would probably make up for it (flossing a shark's teeth; maneuvering a toothbrush all around a lion's mouth, etc.). Great fun there!
I really love the concept of the book, just wish the materials were more durable for the needs and motor skill level of most two-year-olds. Hence the 4 star rating. Still, I would buy this book for children who are slightly older than mine.
I purchased this for my grandson 3rd birthday, and he loved it. He enjoyed "brushing and "flossing" each large animal.
I would highly recommend this book.
I can't say enough good things about this little book - SOOO cute, and both babies love it. (A boy & a girl, so rest assured it appeals to either gender.)
We brush teeth with it every day.
I hold the book facing them & manipulate the pages because I don't want them to tear it. Lately however, they gently brush the shark's teeth with their own little toothbrushes... (This page doesn't really "apply" because we're too young to floss, so it is our "you try it!" page.)
FABULOUS book. Go ahead, stop fretting & just order it!!!