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Once Upon a Potty -- Boy Hardcover – March 30, 2007
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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. (Tami Brady TCM Reviews 2010-10-01)
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Once Upon a Potty is best used as a companion volume to a child's new potty. I wrote this book when my own child was toilet training to help him better understand the process. My son was encouraged and excited by this story. It motivated him to make the developmental leap from diaper to potty.
Learning to use the potty is often a lengthy process, taxing the patience of both parent and child. When success finally comes--and it should come in its own good time, without undue pressure or haste--it enhances the child's confidence and pride. He has taken another step toward independence. He sat on the potty as a little child and got up feeling ten-feet tall.
It's one small step for mankind, but a giant one for your family.
Alona --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In answer to some other criticisms:
* "wee wee" language: The author suggests customizing the language of the book to suit your own family preferences. I always use "penis", "pee" and "poop" when reading the book. nbd.
* Repetition afa "I, Joshua's Mother..." seemed quite comforting to my toddler in the same way endless singing of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" appeals to him. I have edited a bit in my reading to remove some repetition, mostly for my own comfort.
* The potty....well, there's potties on the market that look exactly like the one "Once Upon a Potty." Search for Hoppop here on Amazon. My son seems to have zero trouble differentiating a flower pot from a toilet...
Anyway, just wanted to add my complete seal of approval to this book. I've recommended it to all my friends. Happy Peeing & Pooping!
1) The tone of the book is strange to me. The author says things like "Ever since Joshua was born, he has been making wee-wee and poo-poo into his diaper, and I, his mother have been changing him." She says things like this over and over again. It seems like she is complaining about all of the diaper changes. And where's dad? Given the wierd tone of the book, you're half expecting her to launch into an attack on the dead-beat dad of this good-for-nothing kid that keeps wee-weeing everywhere and wasting her time. :) OK, I'm exaagerating, but its just a little wierd to me.
2) She actually uses terms like "a pee-pee for making wee-wee". We raised out son to say penis and pee, so this seems absurdly babyish to me. Something more neutral would've been better.
3) As others have noted, the potty is not a standard potty chair, but a pitcher with a handle. I don't get the point of that.
A much cuter book, IMO, is Joanna Cole's My Big Boy Potty. I think its more upbeat, less strange and more useful. And she even includes helpful potty training tips at the end.
Um, no, honey.
I also have started from a very young age with my boys teaching them anatomically correct words for their body parts. We use "stomach", "penis", and "buttocks" or "bottom". I really dislike the usage of the words "pee pee", "poo poo" and "wee wee".
I understand this is personal preference, but if your preferences are like mine, you should know.
Again, the book is well written and easy to understand but I think, from personal experience, it doesn't promote enthusiasm in the child.
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A classic book for potty training! Great photos that will make the parents laugh with their children!Published 1 month ago by Telling It Like It Is
My kids had this book as children, and I love that it is still available for my grandson.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Do you ever have the feeling that the author is over-complicating things?
Also, where is Joshua's father in all this? Read more
Kids ask for this again and again, even way after the age for potty training. Great fun to read expressively and show a grownup can talk about this stuff seriously.Published 5 months ago by Noumenon
I had this book as a child when I was being potty trained. I found out that it comes with a gender choice and I bought it for my son when he was learning to potty train as well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by laurencaldwell_
Very good at explaining how to go to the bathroom and body parts.Published 5 months ago by MoonlitWanderer
My kids both loved these books for potty training. It's a classic, and hasn't been changed that I can tell from when I was a kid. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Heimsoth