Friday, February 22, 2013

WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH? by Sandra Markle - Perfect Picture Book Friday

We've got a front-tooth-less cutie pie in our household, so I ordered up a book that I thought might be fun and educational. Turns out it was even better than I thought!

So, I chose it for today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick:


Title:  What if You Had Animal Teeth?
Author: Sandra Markle
Illustrator: Howard McWilliam
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc., 2013
Ages: 4-8
Genre: Picture Book (nonfiction)
Themes/Topics: Teeth/Losing teeth, Animals, Humor, Nonfiction

Opening Page: (technically the first animal-comparison page)  "If you had beaver teeth, your front teeth would never stop growing. So you could gnaw through all the tough stuff you like, day after day, for all of your life. [The illustration is a kid chewing up his Math book—which my daughter thought was hilarious].

Synopsis: If animal teeth grew in place of the teeth you just lost, which animal's teeth would you choose?

Why I chose this book: My daughter's attention was completely captivated the entire time. It is a great book for reluctant readers. The text is just the right amount, and Sandra Markle has chosen the most interesting facts to include. Howard McWilliam's illustrations are quirky and eye-catching. There are so many little things in each illustration to notice and laugh about! I highly recommend it for anyone with a Kindergarten through second-grader who is going through the tooth-losing process.

Author Sandra Markle's blog:

Illustrator Howard McWilliam's website:

An Animal Teeth ThinkQuest site for kids:

BBC site on Animal Teeth:

All about Human Kids' Teeth at Kids Health:

1. Cut out the shapes of different incisors or front teeth, shaped like those from the book or resources above. Tape them to your top lip (or wherever they should go) and take photos with a digital camera, iPad, or computer. Then go look at them!

2. After reading the book, have each child choose which animal teeth they would want and write one to three sentences explaining why. They can also draw a picture to accompany their writing.

3. Have a taste test! Arrange soft, hard, crunchy, and a variety of textured and shaped foods and then have kids observe which teeth they use to bite, rip, crunch, or chew.

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to see other Perfect Picture Book Friday titles, head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

I, for one, am going outside. It's another SNOW DAY here in Wisconsin!!! YAYAYAYA!


Joanna said...

What a FUN way to learn about animal teeth. I love creative nonfiction like this.

Jarm Del Boccio said...

A very clever book, Miranda...thanks for sharing it!

Wendy said...

Love this! The comparison is a great way to have kids learning without knowing it!

Patricia T. said...

Such a funny book for kids -- and a great one for using one's imagination! Love you activities. Think I'll get this for my granddaughter.

Julie Rowan-Zoch said...

Yikes! I bet kids would love this! Check out this little film too:

Miranda Paul said...

Thank you. We really enjoyed this book at our house. I appreciate you all stopping by. ~Miranda

Stacy S. Jensen said...

What a fun book and a wonderful cover!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a really fun book! Thanks for the review!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

This book sounds delightful and educational - a win win! Great activities too! Thanks so much for sharing, Miranda!

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

This sounds like soooo much fun! I have added it to my reading list! Thanks for the share :-)

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