Teeth Are Not for Biting
By: Elizabeth Verdick
Reviewed By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.
Teeth Are Not for Biting, by Elizabeth Verdick, is a follow up book to the popular Hands Are Not for Hitting, published by Free Spirit Publishing.
I found this book to be both educational and preventive. It offers young children concrete alternatives to their urges to bite others. It's designed to be read by a parent, guardian, or teacher, and it offers colorful illustrations by Marieka Heinlen.
Teeth Are Not for Biting approaches the issue of biting with great care and understanding. The book talks frankly about why children bite others, and also attempts to instill empathy into children who may be prone to biting. Probably the greatest strength of this book is its practical advice to children. Elizabeth Verdick presents alternatives to biting that are easy to understand, and more importantly, simple enough for most young children to do.
This book is a worthy new entry for preventing and teaching children about the harmful behavior of biting others.