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Teeth are Not for Biting (Best Behavior) [Board book]

Elizabeth Verdick
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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1 Jun 2003 Best Behavior
"Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch Biting hurts." Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone--a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives. The companion to our best-selling "Hands Are Not for Hitting" Board Book, "Teeth Are Not for Biting" gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when theyre hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. Author Elizabeth Verdick suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.

Product details

  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.,U.S.; Brdbk edition (1 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421285
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Elizabeth Verdick is a children's book writer and editor. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children. Marieka Heinlen launched her career as a children's book illustrator with the award-winning "Hands Are Not for Hitting." As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and son.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good! 9 Feb 2009
Format:Board book
We bought this book for our 18 month old son who can be a little over-zealous with his nashers and fists! So far, so good.

He has immediately taken to the book and often pulls it out of his book shelf for us to read together. It is colourful, clearly illustrated and robustly made. It shows that biting is not nice and gives altenatives for him to do - such as chew on a toy, have a drink, have a hug, or simply smile.

This morning he even showed the book to his grandma, bit his own finger and then shook his head.

We have ordered 'hands are not for hiting' so let's hope we get some success with that too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 12 Feb 2011
By Beck
Format:Board book
I struggled with my son for a year (from 18 months to 2 1/2 years) with a biting problem - it was so bad that going near children in a supermarket was anxious.

I had a friend who had discovered this book and bought it for me. I have to say, it has helped immensely! It took a while to engage him in it, but after a few weeks of pulling it out every day, he got it! He's been over the problem for 6 months now, and still wants to read it before bed. He loves to state the phrase, 'Teeth are not for biting, they are SMILING!'

I am now smiling and attending playgroup again!

I even went on to buy the other books in the range for hands and feet. For a 3 year old, he is very aware that any negative contact with other children, all thanks to this book. I feel it's the best way to help our little ones find their feet :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is there a Uruguayan version???? 25 Jun 2014
By Dan
Format:Board book
I bought this for my friend luis but it's absolutely useless!! I read it to him every night before bed but it just doesn't seem to go in. I'm at a loss as I've tried all sorts of things and this was my last option. I think I'll have to ship him off to Spain
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you have a toddler who bites others... 6 Sep 2006
Format:Board book
then i highly recommend this book. All the advice for parents suggests there are lots of reasons that kids bite and i'm not sure whether my son just had a sore mouth or was frustrated, all i know was how embarrassed i was when he bit his friends and how painful it was when he bit me. i used this book as part of his time out 'punishment' and the advice at the back at the book was brief and to the point. i think other mums also appreciated that we were clearly doing all we could to resolve the problem. so far, so good, although he's now 2 and half and the last of the back molars are now through. it's certainly worth giving it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 30 April 2012
By ali
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Briliant book. Have used it with an autistic child with excellent results. So good am buying more from the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures, bit boring... 18 Jun 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Good pictures and clear words to try to teach your toddler not to bite. "Story" is a bit rubbish though, I felt it could rhyme or have more interest in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 16 May 2014
By jules
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Bought this book to use at the nursery Iwork in to promote good behaviour and hopefully this will be helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stopped my sons undesirable behaviour. 3 Nov 2013
By Kat
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
My son went through an awful biting phase when he was 2. I followed various advice for parents but this book really changed his desirable behaviour. Every time he bit we had to read the book. He got the message pretty quickly. Amazing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful!
Good book to help explain to kids why they should not bite others. It helped me and my son when he was going through a biting phase.
Published 9 months ago by Mk
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bright pictures
I bought this for my 3 year old who started biting when he went to nursery I read it to him every time he bit within a Few days he new most of the words and could read along nice... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bertha
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad not understandable pictures, thats book for children who is verbal...
Biting problems is usual with younger children and special needs. My child non-verbal special needs child, he doesn't care what are you writing, he needs to see a clear pictures... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maria Brehhov
5.0 out of 5 stars My child is going through a biting phase....a good way to talk about...
My 2.5 year old child is going through an extended phase of biting. She is upset as soon as she has bitten and says sorry so she does understand. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for explanations
Really good book as my little boy has decided that biting is a good way to express his emotions. Simply put and easy to understand, would definitely recommend.
Published 12 months ago by Wilson1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for really small kids...
I bought this book to use in the baby room at the nursery as we were starting the biting phase. The children who were on average 12 months old loved the book at the illustrations. Read more
Published 12 months ago by cheryl marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked a treat
Same as used at our nursery, and seemed to really help my son stop biting others. He could recite the book quite quickly and did take it to heart.
Published 13 months ago by dreaming_spires
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
This book was of no use whatsoever and didn't engage my son in any way. Perhaps it's meant for children over 2??
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly it does work!
When I received the book i was a bit skeptical, as it doesn't read in a rhyme at all, I though my 2 year old son wouldn't be interested. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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