- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 180L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic; Revised Edition edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590677314
- ISBN-13: 978-0590677318
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Crocodile and the Dentist Paperback – 1996
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This book, the Crocodile and the Dentist, is also cute but not as much as other books by Gomi. The story is about a crocodile that goes to see the dentist. The crocodile is scared and nervous about the visit. The dentist is scared too, of the crocodile. So, the entire book is basically the crocodile and dentist saying the same things. For example, the crocodile says "I'm scared of this visit" and the dentist says "I'm scared of this visit." The purpose is to teach kids that being afraid at the dentist is normal. However, I don't think it really gets that message across as clearly as it could. There's also a part where the crocodile bites the dentist out of fear/pain, which isn't really the best message for a small child anxious about a dentist visit.
I'm still a Taro Gomi fan, but this book isn't one of our favorites. We'll probably give this one away or donate it to a library.
Great book for preschool and kindergarten.