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Teeth Are Not for Biting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) Board book – April 15, 2003

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"It's not always an easy feat to teach little ones about morals and the difference between right and wrong. But great news for you author Elizabeth Verdick is her to help you...”—Baby Let's Shop blog



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Teeth Are Not for Biting is the winner of the 2004 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, Dr. Toy's 100 Best Products for 2003 and one of Dr. Toy's 10 Best Socially Responsible Products for 2003.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD210L (What's this?)
  • Series: Best Behavior Series
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Board Book edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421285
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. West on July 30, 2013
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I'll admit I had nothing to lose here. My 3 year old son was coming home from daycare with 2-3 "Incident Reports" per day. 95% were for biting. I even had to suffer the indignity of a school meeting to discuss his behavior and if "there were any changes in his home life?". No. There weren't. His biggest life change was moving from the 2 year old classroom (no biting) to the 3 year old classroom (raving, biting lunatic). I'll also add that he has some mild speech and motor delays. Oh, and at the ripe age of 3 years and 2 months finally started to cut his 2 year molars. It really was the Perfect Storm for biting. And bite he did. He was biting teachers, his friends, his enemies. They even once told me he was sitting in a circle perfectly calm and literally just leaned over to bite the kid next to him. He'd also bite to protect his territory or when feeling crowded. This went on for about 6 weeks and I was at my wits end. Found this book somehow and thought I'd give it a try. The day after I started reading it he bit ONE TIME. I was thrilled. Not a single incident the next 2 days and now I'm a believer.
I was worried that it would be too "babyish" for him. It sort of is but somehow still captures his attention. He almost fixates on the page where the girl his holding her arm and crying. He keeps repeating "he bit her?" out loud as if the boy in the book committed such a shameful act. Not sure what he thinks HE'S been doing for the past 6 weeks but whatever works. I was about to start sending him to school in one of those Hannibal masks...but this was SOOOO much easier.
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I found this book to be both educational and preventive. It offers young children concrete alternatives to their urges to bite others. It's designed to be read by a parent, guardian, or teacher, and it offers colorful illustrations by Marieka Heinlen.
Teeth Are Not for Biting approaches the issue of biting with great care and understanding. The book talks frankly about why children bite others, and also attempts to instill empathy into children who may be prone to biting. Probably the greatest strength of this book is its practical advice to children. Elizabeth Verdick presents alternatives to biting that are easy to understand, and more importantly, simple enough for most young children to do.
This book is a worthy new entry for preventing and teaching children about the harmful behavior of biting others.
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Life saving book!! My son has been biting other kids a school and I was told that he might not be able to come back if the biting didn't stop. I was at my ends with the biting and started to look around for books and other methods of teaching him to communicate. This book has been a life saver. My son (2 1/2) has memorized this book (even reading it to himself in bed) and is using examples (i.e. alternatives to biting) learned from this book at school. The director of the school and all the teachers are just in shock with the 180 my son has done.

I would recommend this book to any person who has a child who bits!
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I bought this book because we've had a run of biting at the daycare center I work at. I was hoping for more of a story for the kids to relate to, but I think it's helping. We try to read it every single day, but 9-12 two year olds are more interested in the doggie in the book then hearing the story. Everytime I read the line "teeth are not for biting" I have the kids say "No bite!" just to push the point. It's a good sized, sturdy book with large and simple pictures the kids enjoy.
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We recently stumbled upon a biting issue with my tiny monster. She picked it up at daycare and has taken a liking to try to bite her older sister for whatever reason she sees fit. While searching I came across this book and figured why not give it a go.

This book is vibrant and she loves it! We read it every night. I waited to write this review to see how long it took her or if this book had an effect at all on her. I'm happy and astonished to report that she has significantly reduced her biting. Between the book and us reinforcing that teeth are not for biting and biting hurts, she has nearly stopped!

I'm glad I bought this one. Price is great for it too. I'm hoping they have a "no more pacifiers" type of book too haha. Going to look through their entire line when the kiddos go down for naps later.
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cute book. I will warn that i purchased this book for my 2.5 year old son who was biting. After reading it over and over and few more incidents he did stop biting. But as soon as we got this book my 1.5 year old starting biting, as though he didn't know what biting was before this book. For him it seemed to explain what biting was he started biting. Thankful to say neither are biting at the moment.
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Although the title is not exactly true, teeth are for biting, this is a great behavior modification book for little ones that like to bite people. My son was going through a biting phase and this book was suggested by another mom. The book offers alternatives to biting and is written in a way that little people understand. Although we also had to get him a biting toy for a short period to accompany the book, we kicked the biting problem and were able to donate this book to another little one struggling with biting. The book is catchy, colorful and they quickly memorize the phrases that help with the behavior modification. Teeth are not for biting people and my little one learned that with the help of this book.
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