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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Smile (edition 2010)

by Raina Telgemeier

Series: Smile (1)

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Authors:Raina Telgemeier
Info:GRAPHIX (2010), Paperback, 224 pages

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

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Smile is about a girl who lost her front adult teeth. She had to get a plaster seal to help them go back. When they took it off her front teeth were higher up than the others. Raina had to get braces, after that she got a retainer with false teeth, but it all turned out well in the end with almost-normal teeth and new friends. I can totally relate to Raina, a little scared to get braces but happy that my teeth would look straight. I can relate to her too because I also have younger siblings, they are annoying at times but mainly fun. ( )
  MadelynM14 | May 23, 2016 |
Raina Telgemeier's storyline, and illustrations, hit the nail on the head insofar as middle school goes!! I imagine that most of us can vividly recall a variety of "less-than-stellar" junior high moments that still have the power to make our skin crawl! Smile highlights the unforgettable "metalmouth" years to perfection. Well-written, perfectly illustrated and filled to overflowing with "easy-to-identify-with" anecdotes made this a quick read and one that prompted more than one "walk down memory lane" for this ol' grandma! It also brought to mind my seventh-grade homeroom teacher, Bertha Ireland (Lampson Intermediate School, Garden Grove, California - 1961) . . one of the kindest, sweetest, most encouraging women/teachers ever! She single-handedly made junior high bearable for so many of us! Highly recommended! ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
Smile is a book about a little girl who is playing and gets her two front teeth knocked up by hitting the concrete. The little girl has to go to the dentist multiple times for work to be done on her teeth and she even has to get braces. She deals with many people bullying her. Though in the end when she finally gets her teeth all the way fixed she just smiles in confidence and looks back on everything with a smile.

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I really liked this book because I feel like it is something that a lot of children may have to go through a situation like this at some point in their life. When I was in fifth grade I was on crutches and had to wear horrendous looking leg braces and I got made fun of all the time. Though now that I look back on it I just smile because it made me tough and part of who I am today.

Classroom Extensions:

1. The teacher can have the students point out all the times the little girl was getting bullied and then ask them how they thought she felt and do a lesson on how bullying is not nice.

2. The teacher can have tooth brushes and tooth paste and the class can brush their teeth and explain to the children that they want to have pretty teeth like the character in the book did when the dentist was done with her teeth.
  kimberlywatts94 | Apr 21, 2016 |
This is a timely and relatable story for many middle school students I'm sure. As I was reading it I wasn't drawn into the way the way I was Sunny Side Up but I know it's the most popular graphic novel at our middle school and I think it's an important book to have on the shelf. The illustrations mesh seamlessly with the story and the fact that it is autobiographical makes it that much more realistic. The agony of middle school is real is this book but so is the portrayal of figuring out that friends may not always be that friendly and sometimes you have to accept yourself and move on for others to treat you with respect. It doesn't have an "oh so happy ending" but it's a realistic.

Curricular connection - I think it would be great to include this in a girls graphic novels reading/creating club in the library. ( )
  ECrowwwley | Feb 28, 2016 |
Raina 12 year old girl with a normal life until in a running accident she broke her front teeth. Her friends make fun of her and she has to sit through painful teeth surgery everyday. when almost everything Settled into a normal life she has to go to high school were she is teased even more from her teeth eventually she rejects the friends that tease her and meets new friends that care about her and don't judge her by her appearance. In the end Raina will only try to do what makes her happy and not on the judgement from others. PS she gets her teeth fixed in the end.

The book was based on the author herself when she broke her teeth and thought "It could've been worse." She started writing down what she thought and then it became a story. I liked this story because the plot is really simple but goes so much deeper into detail. The story is also relatable to young viewers going through changes like braces and such.
the only thing I didn't like was it seemed the entire world was against her. Even the dentist. In conclusion i think this book was Comedic and realatable . ( )
  JackiF.B4 | Feb 25, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Raina Telgemeierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Falco, PhilDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, JohnDesignersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pelham, CassandraEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yue, StephanieIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.
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