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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688170412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688170417
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-This set of gender-specific potty-training books is a cut above the rest in an already crowded field. Like Alyssa Satin Capucilli's The Potty Book for Boys and The Potty Book for Girls (both Barron's, 2000), their texts are identical, except for the gender references. "Michael is a boy just your age." "Ashley is a girl just your age." However, the direct, engaging language and questions aimed at young listeners make these titles far superior to Capucilli's singsong offerings. In both of Cole's titles, the parents buy a potty, encourage their child to use it, and eventually success is achieved. While the watercolor illustrations are not identical in the two books, they are very similar and add a cheerful, perky touch, portraying a boy/girl well into the toddler stage, surrounded by loving, smiling parents (no stress here). Cole's Your New Potty (Morrow, 1989) traces the progress of both a girl and boy, with alternating looks at each child, using photographs that, like Fred Rogers's Going to the Potty (PaperStar, 1997), give young listeners a look at other "real" children learning this momentous skill. Both Cole's older book and the newer pair include useful, clearly stated tips for parents.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Reviewed with Joanna Cole's My Big Boy Potty.

Ages 1-3. This book is very reassuring, leaving the impression that little Michael or Ashley (or any child) will be able to succeed at potty training. Cole's matter-of-fact text points out that practice makes perfect, while Chambliss' watercolor illustrations show smiles all around--on Mommy and Daddy's faces, on the kids' faces, and even on the stuffed animals' faces. There is no yelling, no scariness, and no one gets in trouble for having an accident. Michael, with his stuffed bear, and Ashley, with her stuffed bunny, easily transition from diapers to big-kid pants, and their satisfaction at accomplishing this feat is very apparent. The text is the same in both volumes except for one added line in the boys' book: "Daddy showed Michael how to stand up when he made pee-pee." The last page includes "Tips for Successful Potty Teaching," which is directed at parents. Kathy Broderick
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More About the Author

Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

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It's simple and easy to understand without being condescending or cutesy.
"stacyone"
All in all the book teaches important aspects of potty training and it was great to have a book to help prepare her for the change.
LGF
I think this book is well-written and has helped my daughter with her potty training.
MyKidsFault

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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on September 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Both Mommy and Daddy actively participating in Ashley's potty training process. Ashley realistic transitions from diapers to "special big-girl underpants" over time, not instantly. Author Joanna Cole uses questions to draw the child into the story ("Do you wear diapers, too?") as an encouraging parent would. The story concludes with ten common sense tips, such as "Don't rush!" and "Never scold or punish." and "Use a diaper at nap time..."
We have read almost every potty book available on the market as of 9/2003 (over two dozen!). Most fit into two categories: INSTRUCTIONAL books that introduce the skills needed to master the potty; and those that are primarily ENTERTAINING, for children who understand what is supposed to happen on the potty, but need extra time to make it happen.
I think My Big Girl Potty fits more in the INSTRUCTIONAL category for the following reasons:
1) It identifies the purpose of the potty.
2) It specifies bodily functions such as "poop" and "pee."
3) Shows the transition from diapers to big kid underwear.
4) Includes the hand washing step.
For other potty books that are instructional, check out What to Expect When You Use the Potty by Heidi Murkoff or You Can Go to the Potty by Martha Sears.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Greenhouse VINE VOICE on March 27, 2005
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This is one of many books I bought about potty training. I have to say I like this book. Ashley is just adorable. Both parents are involved in the training process (I'm the one who did the training in our family but I like the fact that it says to kids that dads can do it too). I also like that it wasn't instant success for Ashley. She tries twice to sit on the potty with no sucess and does have an accident. When she finally gets the hang of pottying, as a reward, she goes out with her parents and gets to pick out her own big girl underwear. I think this helped my daughter because I told her if potty training went well, I would buy her special underwear too, and not just any underwear--DORA underwear. I think that was a huge incentive for her and this book planted the seed.

This is not my daughter's favorite book, but she likes listening to it and I like reading it. I recommend it to any young trainee and their parents.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Monk on October 10, 2000
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I wanted to update my review from September 14,2000 to let everyone know that I read this book to my daughter - at her request! - every afternoon at naptime and every night at bedtime. Last week, October 4, 2000 she was officially "trained" - consistently using the potty. She's had two accidents, but loves her "big girl" underpants. She still asks me to read "My Big Girl Potty" every night, but now she interjects - "I do that" or "I'm a big girl" - throughout. As I said before this is a gentle introduction to potty training that really worked for us. Thank you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Horn on December 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from the library when I began potty-training my 27-month old. She loved it from the start and asked for it every day for weeks. I love the layout of the book from mommy & daddy bringing home the new potty and setting it up, to showing her that she's too big for diapers and that "big girls" use the potty. The artwork is well done and captures both our attention. Well done!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. NyBlom on September 21, 2002
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This book is more comprehensive than some in that it not only covers the little girl in diapers and her potty training, but also her big girl panties and "accidents". My 19 month old daughter likes this book, but sometimes she can't sit still through the whole thing because it has more words and is a little longer (since it has more subject matter than our other potty book).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "stacyone" on February 19, 2004
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I think we've purchased every potty book there is to have and this one is my daughter's FAVORITE! She calls it the RED potty book and we lost our first copy and had to replace it quickly. It's simple and easy to understand without being condescending or cutesy. When my daughter has an accident, I always say, "That's okay, honey -- children have accidents when they're learning. Remember Ashley in your red potty book?" Then we go read it again. And again. Any of you with toddlers know their fourth most favorite word: 'Gain!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori's Mommy on May 22, 2003
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I purchased this book for my daughter to help in potty training her. Even though she likes 'The Potty Book - For Girls' by Alyssa Satin Capucilli better, she enjoys this book as well. Showing all the stages of potty training including showing Ashley sitting on the potty w/ her clothes on, then removing her diaper, accidents and finally, 'big girl' underwear, it helps little ones to understand the concept of 'going' on the potty. I gave this book 4 stars only in that it's a little more 'wordy' than 'The Potty Book - For Girls' and isn't as colorful but I do recommend it to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By meggie's momma on July 5, 2006
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My 20m old daughter LOVES this book. It has very simple wording and concepts, and has really helped her understand potty training. She also loves the drawings, which are very cute. There is even a little section of helpful hints at the end.
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