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The Tooth Book (Bright and Early Board Books)

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A classic work by Dr. Seuss writing as Theo. LeSieg, with new illustrations by Joe Mathieu, about who has teeth, who doesn't, and how to keep the ones you have!


From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 26th 2000 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1981)
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midnightfaerie
Looks like a Dr. Seuss book, but really isn't. Not the same style or fun. It wasn't just me that noticed it, but my 5 yr old, while reading it himself this morning, noticed it too. Just not one of our favorites, although some of the pictures were pretty silly and made him laugh, like the jellyfish trying to play the trombone. A cute book, but don't be expecting the originality that is Dr. Seuss in this one.
Mimi
This is currently Jill's favorite book. My sister gave it to her less than two weeks ago, and Jill already walks around the house reciting it at random moments. I wish he used a different word than "dumb" near the end, but it honestly is dumb to break your teeth untying knots and removing bottle tops, so I guess it's not that bad. I just don't want Jill to start calling people dumb. She hasn't yet though! And the book does have some really good information about teeth. Mostly though, Jill just t ...more
Lindsay Garber
1. Personal Reaction: This book made me laugh all the way through, like most Dr. Seuss books do! I loved the bright illustrations that covered each page. Beginning readers will love reading this lighthearted book because of it’s goofy tone and intriguing illustrations.
2. Purposes/use in the classroom:
-Read aloud to make a curricular connection: Teachers can use this fun book to entertain their students and to teach them about an important part of our mouth-teeth! This would be a fun book to inco
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Sarah
This is a fun and informational book for kids! It tells them why they have teeth, other people who have teeth, the different types of animals that have teeth, and what is the difference between big kids and little kids teeth. It is fun to read a book that is dedicated entirely to teeth!

This book isn't your typical Dr. Seuss book because it was illustrated by Joe Mathieu, however it still has the typical Dr. Seuss style with its rhyming words on each page! Every reader big or small, short or tall
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Angie
Synopsis: "A classic work by Dr. Seuss writing as Theo. LeSieg, with new illustrations by Joe Mathieu, about who has teeth, who doesn't, and how to keep the ones you have!"

My Review: It looks like a Dr. Seuss book but it doesn't feel or sound like a Dr. Seuss book. For some reason this didn't have the same flow as I am used to from his books. It didn't capture Munchkin's attention like they usually do either (he actually picked up another book to pretend to read instead). I was really looking fo
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Meg McGregor
I had ever read this book before, and I didn't know that Dr. Seuss wrote under the name of Theo. LeSieg, so I will definitely be looking for more books under that pseudonym.

This book explores the world of teeth.

Seuss explains why teeth are so important to both humans and animals.

He shows the many ways teeth can be lost or damaged. He also has creatures, like a clam, describe in detail, why not having teeth can be a real problem.

I love the bright and zany illustrations and know I will be reading
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Joy
This book came in a set of beginner books that my stepson bought for my daughter when she was a baby and it has recently become a favorite nighttime read. It is a Dr. Seuss book written under "Theo Lesig" with illustrations that are completely different than regular Seuss. As evidenced by the title, the book talks about teeth: Who has teeth, how you get two sets and what to do and not do with teeth. Like his other books, it rhymes but it is not nearly as silly. My five year old likes it and it i ...more
Kaleb
The book is all about a young boy who is learning about teeth. Through out the book he is told all the different types of people and creature that have teeth. Also the boy is told the importance of them once you get your permanent teeth.

The main character is a young boy whose name is not mentioned throughout the book. He is young and does not know a lot about teeth. He learns all about them throughout the book. There are also a bunch of random not important characters. Some of them being a polic
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Hayle Lincoln
I LOVE the illustrations in this children's book! They come to life and jump right off of the page. I have always been a big fan of Dr. Seuss, so I really enjoyed this book too. This book reminds me of my childhood, when I was a little girl. I would use this in my classroom by reading it to my students and then having a discussion about teeth. ALL about teeth! I would also want to make a main emphasis of how to properly take care of our teeth, so they can grow up and have healthy teeth! Lets hav ...more
Tiana
This book written by Dr.Seuss is about different types of teeth and who has teeth and where to find teeth. This book wasn't really to interesting to me because I don't really care to much for teeth but I did not totally dislike the book. To be honest this book did not teach me anything because I already knew that people have teeth and what type of animals have teeth. I know this sounds weird but I think all people that are into teeth are should read this book.
Salima Sikandar
This book is about the Teeth. This book is good for the toddlers and the preschoolers. It gives the information about teeth. The pictures are so bright and colorful but it does not have enough information about teeth cleaning, flossing and brushing.

It can be keep on book shelf in the class so the children can see the pictures during reading time.
Columbus
I've been reading the Dr Suess and Theo. LeSieg (Dr. Suess pen name) to an 18 month old and I'm falling in love with this author all over again. I think I'll purchase his catalog (for myself)!
Sarah Derosier
Sat in dentist office read this book while there I loved the colorful pics and how the book encourages good oral health but also encourages acceptance of different types of people and animals that user their teeth different the our own, and there are reasons for that




Jessie
Disappointing. For a book about teeth, it didn't mention brushing or flossing, just a general "take care of your teeth" with creepy large-toothed characters.

My biggest complaint about the book was that I didn't appreciate the name-calling examples "don't be stupid like..."
I also didn't like the suggestion to "don't bite your dentist... bite someone else instead"
Ummmm... how about don't bite people! For a book intended to be enjoyed by toddlers/preschoolers, the biting suggestion is ill-placed.
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Nick
There are some good facts about tooth care, but there are also some fallacies--"All Ruths are toothy"?

To be honest, my biggest problem with this book is the illustrations--some of which are down-right horrifying.

Not my favorite Dr. Seuss book.
Cara
Another unknown book before I read it.
I really like this one because of the theme that it represents to children: that taking care of your teeth is important. Everyone has teeth, but we only have two sets so we need to take care of the teeth we have.
Austin Wright
The "My Big Book of Beginner Books About Me" is the most embarrassing section of Dr Seuss' bibliography, where he was just putting out books for the dolla' dolla'. Two-stared everything.
June
Jul 01, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning chapter requests and teeth requests
Read this after the Kidsmiles person did their stick. One older boy was really excited because he had the book at home and this is the story that got an older girl to move up front.
Kristi
got the board book for baby girl. she loves reading this one, but she loves be read to! i like this one because i work in the dental field so i'm all about teeth! and you gotta love Dr. Seuss!
Sabrina Henry
This book is about teeth. It shares information about various teeth and who and what has teeth. I like the rhymes and the repetition as they can be good in helping children to stay focused and also in enjoying the story. There are some interesting words in this story which can be used to improve children's vocabulary. For example, broadcaster, clam, roast, etc.
The book is very funny and can be used to teach children about rhymes. Great book to use comfort or calm a child on his or her dentist
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Lynn
My 5 yr old son read this book out loud to me. Although it is an "I-Can-Read" type of book, it is a more advanced version of this type of book. There were a number of words that my son needed assistance with. That being said though, he really enjoyed this story about how to take care of your teeth. He especially enjoyed the page with the "big boy" who ate too much junk food & sweets and was getting cavities. He said that he did not want to be like that boy. This is a very enjoyable book for ...more
Asher Skelton
I liked it because I learned about clams don't have teeth and you try to eat off stuff that is really hard then you lose your teeth.
Elizabeth
Started out okay, then got weird, then got gross. Also, biting non-dentists is still generally impermissible.
Stephanie
One of my daughter's "Go-To" books. She's been very interested in it ever since she grew her first teeth.
Rebecca
Not my favorite Seuss. Not the best storyline. The over-dramatized teeth are a little creepy, though my children love them. Good for an early reader with illustrations to keep them interested.
Rachel Beeler
Read it with aubz xmas morning. I got it for her future dental office
Tzippy
I think you can probably eat huckleberry jam without teeth. Just saying.
Phoenix
Not sure why she didn't like it and wanted to stop after a couple of pages.
Mona
5yo is losing his milk teeth so he really enjoyed this one!
Shanna Gonzalez
This book is a brief and playful introduction to the different kinds of teeth that are found in the world -- reminiscent of The Foot Book but not as good. The text is by Dr. Seuss and illustrations by Joe Mathieu; while children might enjoy it, it's not nearly in the leage of some of Seuss's best work, although it does include wordplay and the wonderful rhythmic text he is known for. It is disconcerting to hear Seussical rhyme with illustrations that are so different from his, and the effect is ...more
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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