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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Going to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned can be scary for some children, especially if it is their first time. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Abby Patterson shares a story that will teach little ones how much fun this procedure can be. Miles Smiles is a story that takes place on a special day because Julia, an adorable girl, is going to the dentist for teeth cleaning. It is her second visit of the year. However, her little brother is going for the first time and he is nervous. Julia reassures him, showing him that there is nothing to fear. She even agreed to be treated first to allow her little brother to observe the whole process. After reading this book young readers will feel comfortable during their visits to the dentist.
I enjoyed Miles Smiles because it explains what the teeth cleaning procedure involves. I found it an excellent way to approach the topic with children because it will help them overcome their concerns. Abby Patterson uses melodious sentences with basic ideas. Young readers can practice reading at the same time that they learn about visiting the dentist. The illustrations are beautiful, with soft colors, conveying a congenial mood. The relationship between the siblings is also a positive aspect because it shows supportive interaction. At the end of the book, there is a Tooth Loss Chart with a diagram. It mentions the approximate age at which each baby tooth falls out so that readers can keep track. The book is perfect for demonstrating that going to the dentist can be a painless experience.