The Crocodile and the Dentist

The Crocodile and the Dentist

It's time...the day has come..and he's got to face it and buck up and show up.  We know it will be scary.  We know it will be dangerous.  We know it will be filled with teeth.  But, well there is nothing more to be said.... the dentist is going to have to go to work.  Yep...the dentist is afraid of showing up today because he knows the crocodile is coming.  Yikes!

In a simply brilliant story children have the chance to see what it's like to stand in someone else's shoes.   With a turn of the page the dentist and his patient-to-be, the crocodile, take turns expressing their fears about the upcoming dental visit.  Children will be fascinated to see that the words the crocodile uses to explain how scared he is are EXACTLY the same words the dentist uses to explain how scared he is.

Hmmmm.......could it be that children in the classroom, on the playground, on the walk home even, might feel just the way you feel about something?

Empathy comes alive on the page as the two characters separately share their terror and we are the lucky ones who hear them both and understand them both and perhaps, look around the world a little bit differently as we turn the last page.

40 pages          978-1452170282           Ages 4-8

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


Oh, it's time to go to the dentist! Crocodile has a toothache, but he's afraid of the dentist. The dentist wants to help, but he's afraid of Crocodile. Never fear! Bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi cleverly and humorously presents both sides of the story, as the crocodile and the dentist learn to be brave and face their fears—of what might happen in that dentist's chair and of each other!--from the publisher

40 pages          978-1452170282           Ages 4-8

Other books about going to the dentist:  Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer; Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan Berenstain

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