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Once Upon a Potty -- Boy Board book – February 13, 2014
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[Review for previous edition:] My little boy is one of those kids that has to understand the why and how of things. If he doesn't see the point of something, he simply won't do it. Once Upon a Potty-Boy shows him step by step and explains things in a way he seemed to comprehend. At least now he's willing to try the potty. And that's a big step in the right direction. Once Upon a Potty-Boy shows...step by step and explains things in a way [my boy] seemed to comprehend. (Tami Brady TCM Reviews 2010-10-01)
About the Author
Alona Frankel is the author and illustrator of over 40 books for children. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and her books and art are seen all around the world. Her work has earned her a place on the Honor List of the International Board on Books for Young Children and several Parents Choice awards.
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1. Toddler bodies have many nice and useful parts (head, hands, feet, etc.) and several of these parts are used for making pee and poop (the book uses "wee-wee" and "poo-poo"). Very matter-of-fact.
2. Making pee and poop into diapers is part of life from birth through toddler, and diaper changing is how we deal with it.
3. Even after starting potty training, there will be accidents, and yes, you'll continue to use a diaper.
4. Sometimes a LOT of sitting on the potty is required, and sometimes nothing comes out.
5. Success will be celebrated!
6. Eventually you'll use it every time!
I have no problem substituting "pee and poop" when I read the book to my boy (the fourth child I've used this book with) and my son requests the story every time we have potty time. EVERY TIME. :-) I recommend this book highly.
And for extra fun, try reading this book to your kid while visitors are in the house. They will feel sooooo uncomfortable.
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There are a few bits of unnecessary info that could have been left out. Also things like, “...I, Joshua’s mother...” could’ve been changed to “mommy” or some similar variation.
Overall, I think it gives a clear message.
I do point to baby, myself or the potty, as required, while reading the book in the hope that he associates the story with reality.
Wish me luck!
And the babyish language - wee-wee for penis being the worst - is not helpful.
The illustrations are adorable though, and the point is made. I would love to see an updated version of these books. You can find lots of potty training books that are more up to date.
The book is explicit (for once): you see wee and poo. This was great for my boy because you keep saying it in other books or when pointing at the potty but it always has to be imagined... and I wasn't sure my boy was getting it. It was also good to have all the anatomy as my boy was confused thinking everything came out of his willy (I hadn't thought of making sure he understood it didn't, but there you go, live and learn!)
The pictures aren't "pretty" in my opinion but they are functional and that's all you need.
The wording is sometimes surprising "pee pee" for a willy and "poo poo" for plain old poo but you can easily replace them with words you feel happier with, in fact someting similar is said on the first page in the note to the parents.
All in all, I strongly recommend this book!
Our 20 month old loves sitting on his potty and reading the book.
He seems to be able to relate to the pictures and the text and is excited for potty time.