As a former volunteer Beanstalk reading helper, I understand how important it is to encourage young kids to read and enjoy reading. According to Beanstalk’s statistics, 63,000 of primary school children are unable to read at the expected level by the time they leave school – this is frightening.
LO loves to read and I think this is due to me reading to him since he was born. I read him a bedtime story every night and we still enjoy a story every night now. We also incorporate in a few bedtime songs to help him wind down better and he loves it.
We are currently in the middle of rearranging his room to put up his reading corner. This mini library area will be at the end of his room and store all of his beloved books. The image below is exactly how I want his corner to be laid out but instead of that uncomfortable looking chair, LO will have a lovely rug and beanbag instead.
This week we had a lovely book sent to us called The Lost Smile by Joseph Coelho. It was published by Wrigley… Yes, Wrigley the chewing gum company!
It’s a fantastic children’s picture book all about a little boy called Kyle who wakes up to discover that his whole family have lost their smiles. He decides to go on a search hunt for his family’s lost smiles using his special smile-hunting tools. He puts up posters in his house as well as out in the streets to ask for help. Kyle’s family stumble across one of his posters at home and found it so amusing that they started smiling… their smiles had returned!
According to Wrigley Extra, children smile up to 400 times a day!
Wow, that is a lot – even though that is surprising to hear, when you think about it it does seem about right. What child do you know is rarely happy and smiling? Certainly not LO that’s for sure! Wrigley also states that around 34% of 12-year olds have tooth decay which is not a surprise especially with the amount of sweets and sugary foods they are likely to consume at that age.
What I liked about the book
The book has some funny bits that made me giggle and the text is easy to read making it great for both adults and children. The short sentences makes it easy for children to read as they can pause after each sentence and not feel overwhelmed. As LO is only two, he can’t read by himself yet so I read to him however I think this book will make a great starter book for him when he is old enough to read alone.
What LO liked about the book
LO mostly liked looking at the pictures and listening to me read to him. We also played ‘smile detectives’ together alongside reading the story. LO liked being a detective and helping Kyle find the lost smiles. He even started to make up his own story lines along the way. 🙂
The book has 8 double-sided pages with plenty of text to make it a good read and a wonderful bedtime story.
I love the fact that The Lost Smile book is all about being happy with an underlying message about oral hygiene – not something you would commonly find in books. According to Wrigley Extra, children smile up to 400 times a day! As crazy as it sounds, I am surprised it’s not more than that. Come on, what child do you know that’s rarely smiling? (Certainly not LO that’s for sure – even after a full-blown tantrum he’s smiling.)
Wrigley states that around 34% of 12-year olds have tooth decay hence why proper oral hygiene should be carried out as early on as possible to prevent such teeth problems. This book could come in handy for bigger kids. It may help encourage them to brush their teeth properly and regularly.
About the Smile Back Project
The book was published by chewing gum company Wrigley to donate to The Wrigley Smile Back Project. Action for Children and the Oral Health Foundation have joined forces on this project to promote healthy teeth. All profits from sales goes to the charities with an even split for both. The book also states that a minimum of £1 per book is donated, not bad considering that the book itself is only £4.99 – that should put a little smile on your face. 🙂
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*NB. We were kindly sent three of these books by Wrigley; one to keep as a PR sample and two to give away. All words, opinions and photos taken by me are my own. The featured images used in this post are credited to the original source respectively.