Author Helps Children Answer Questions About Their Changing Bodies

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‘Benny’s Amazing Shark Teeth’ is Kay Simone’s delightful and witty new picture book that is possibly the start of a series for helping children understand their rapidly growing bodies.

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Using a boy’s natural and profound curiosity about his growing teeth, author Kay Simone gives young readers some much needed support. Her friendly characters effectively show children practical knowledge about themselves. She helps young readers understand the rapidly changing elements in their physical make-up, with her clever and fascinating new picture book, “Benny’s Amazing Shark Teeth.”

Benny, Simone’s lead character, is very anxious about changing his teeth. In fact, he can hardly wait for the new ones to grow. Without mentioning the Tooth Fairy, he has an intense need to have questions about his teeth answered immediately. His mother reassures him that it will happen before long. Benny carefully brushes his teeth, while noticing the slightest change. It is obvious that he is excited to become gap toothed, like many other kids he knows.

One day, Benny sees that his old teeth have not fallen out and are now in front of the ones that are growing. Benny’s mother comforts him, but his friend Jayden helps him realize that he is special. In the playground, Benny compares Jayden’s teeth to a Jack-o’-lantern’s teeth. Jayden then compares Benny’s teeth to shark’s teeth and explains why they are great.

Kay Simone can make her very helpful, well-illustrated new picture book the start of a series that helps answer children’s questions about their growing bodies. “Benny’s Amazing Shark Teeth” will be featured at the 2013 New York State Reading Association Book Exhibit in Albany, New York, on October 27 - 29, 2013.

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About the Author
Kay Simone was raised in New York City and moved to New Jersey, where she graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English. She has a six year old and works in an elementary school.

Benny’s Amazing Shark Teeth * by Kay Simone
Publication Date: August 30, 2013
Picture Book Softcover; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4836-9222-7
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-9223-4

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