I am happy to review a wonderful book written in Greek, by Ευαγγελία Κακούρου, under the title “Captain Teridonix and the Knights of the Round Toothbrush”, for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day! #ReadyourWorld #Mcbd I’m reviewing this book as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023 (1/26/23) in its 10th Year Anniversary. This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.
Book title: “Captain Teridonix and the Knights of the Round Toothbrush”
Writer: Evangelia Kakourou
Illustrator: Vasilis Selimas www.selimas.com/
“Captain Teridonix with his Pirates tooth Decay and tooth Tartar travels undisturbed in the children’s mouths who eat sweets, and forget to brush their teeth, so he steals their teeth and adds them to his collection! But what happens, when a group of Knights decides to take action, having, as its only weapon, large round brushes?
Will the Knights of the Round Toothbrush, manage to defeat Captain Teridonix’s crew with the children’s help?
The book’s illustrations by Vassilis Selimas, accompany the text in a unique way. Beautiful sketches, with funny and entertaining pictures, enliven the story in the young readers’ eyes while promoting imagination, creativity, and emotion!
There are surprises included for the young readers, with stickers and activities that come with the book, such as paintings, a word wall, a labyrinth, and a crossword are some of them!
The second surprise is “The song of the Teeth” with the lyrics written by the author while the song’s orchestration-interpretation is by Costas Parisis. At the end of the book, moms can find the experts’ advice and comments on oral hygiene and children’s eating habits.
I suggest this book to young readers aged from 6 to 10 years old, since the funny way the writer used to awaken us for teeth protection, stays imprinted in kids’ minds. The catchy narration along with the wonderful illustrations help young readers to wonder about their teeth protection and the clever allusion to the Pirates “thieves” that Evangelia Kakourou invented, helps kids to relate to the issue of dental hygiene in the most educational way.
As far as the educator in class is concerned, the book and the song are a great way for activities to be done in class as well as to make kids adopt the habit of brushing their teeth, more often. Another fantastic idea is to have charts with the food that cause decay. In that way, kids learn to get used to adopting good eating habits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4RG1YEV0JA
Educators can choose activities like the ones presented in this fantastic site to urge kids to pay attention to their teeth hygiene
The activity I like the most is the one with the Marshmallow
Mouth! I suggest you use it in your class as a part of knowing our teeth!
For girls in class teachers can download printable activities that help them to follow the rules of dental hygiene, and have fun while getting to know the Tooth Fairy activities! https://www.3dinosaurs.com/printables/packs/toothfairy.php
Here is the writer’s Bio, the song on Youtube, and I urge you to visit her site and find more info about her books.
Evangelia Kakourou was born in 1983 and she lives in Athens. She is a lawyer and has her office in the center of Athens, specializing in Civil Law and the Law of Social Security. She likes reading poetry and literature, and since her childhood, she used to write poems and fairy tales.
She has published the following books: “The strangest Christmas of my life», “Captain Teridonix and the Knights of the Round Toothbrush”, and “ The strangest Christmas of my life II”. For more details, you could visit the sites:
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