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PreSchool-K—"Most critters are quite tidy:/a clean and pleasant lot./But now and then you'll meet a few/young beasties who are not." So begins this humorous guide that addresses checking one's zipper, washing hands with soap, lifting the toilet seat, and remembering to flush. All of these rules are taught in a preschool setting, with animal characters. The rhyming text is humorous without being silly, and gives some important instruction. At the end of each description of a given problem, there is a reminder of the correct behavior in a larger font ("Stanley, use the toilet!"). There isn't really a gross-out factor with this book—all of the behaviors and descriptions are appropriate for the audience. The funny situations will make for uproarious reading. The animal characters are endearing and friendly, with slightly exaggerated tails, ears, and noses. Potty Animals is a practical yet fun addition.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Kids will learn the rules of toilet training in this cheerful, rhyming picture book that introduces a cast of “young beasties” who make mistakes in their preschool’s potty until they realize how to handle all the aspects of hygiene, cleanliness, privacy, and finishing up (“flush and zip”).Wilma tends to wait too long before she goes to the potty, and sometimes she is too late. Freddie is afraid to flush, so he acts like he forgets. Helga reads and dreams on the toilet while a line of kids wait to use it. In the schoolyard, Arnold is great at shooting the ball in the net, but when it is time to go to the bathroom, he isn’t always accurate; he hits the lid, then the floor: “Yuck! Lift the seat.” Benji, who tends to barge in on others, learns his lesson when someone does the same to him: “Knock first!” Never intimidating, this informative, fun title, illustrated in smooth, candy-colored artwork, shows that everyone can mess up, get over it, and learn to change. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402759967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402759963
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a kid, I was a book fiend. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, including encyclopedias, cereal boxes, and "grown-up" books. I lived at the library, checking out the maximum number of books allowed each week and blasting through the summer reading programs. When I exhausted the youth and young adult departments at the library, I walked to the flagship Borders store and read new books, cover-to-cover, in one sitting. (I was gentle, I promise. And all the books I buy now more than make up for my childhood borrowing!)

When I was eight or nine, I wrote this sentence in my journal: When I read a good book I feel like I'm hiding inside it, watching the story happen around me. This is still true today. When I read a great book, I fall right in and I'm oblivious to everything else.

When I was in college, Jane Yolen, Patricia MacLachlan and Jane Dyer visited my Children's Lit class. I distinctly remember thinking, "That's a cool job!" But it didn't occur to me that it could be my job. I was planning to be a psychologist or teacher. I taught in early childhood programs for many years before I considered writing my own stories. After reading hundreds of books to young kids, I was fascinated by their responses to different books. Why did they love books I hated? Why didn't they love books I loved? What made a good book good? Eventually I started putting my own words to paper, and later, that led me here.

It's actually a little odd writing this biography. As a writer, I'm always looking for ways to improve my craft and better understand the writing process, so I'm intrigued by the personal backgrounds of my favorite authors. But as a reader, I prefer not to be aware of the writer at all. I just want to fall into books, and I don't blame anyone else who feels the same way. I hope readers fall into mine.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on March 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Congratulations, you've successfully potty-trained your child! They can run to the potty, pull down their pants and do their thing. However, just maybe, there is some fine-tuning that needs to take place. Maybe your child is afraid to flush, doesn't wipe or wash heir hands, leaves the door open, or a multitude of other pottying misdemeanors. What to do? Your shelves hold the standard potty-training books, but where's the sequel; the follow-up title that leads to mastering all the finer points of using the toilet? Welcome to Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!

Written in rhyme punctuated by emphatic statements, author Hope Vestergaard sneakily invites young children to correct the potty mistakes that a group of preschool or early elementary aged animals make in their toileting habits. Freddie the rabbit is afraid to flush, Helga the duck lallygags, Georgie won't wipe, and Farley won't close the door! Not only that, but there's an entire crew of tiny critters who exhibit a wide range of potentially embarrassing and unhealthy habits that must be curbed!

Illustrator Valeria Petrone's comical, clothed critters are caught in the act - barging Benji is suddenly surprised when someone barges in on him for a change, Stanley is spotted tinkling on his shoe as he pees outside behind a tree, and Ziggy's zipper is left embarrassingly open. There's no doubt what these critters are up to, with pants pulled down and perched on the potty, however Petrone does use tactful positioning of books and other elements to avoid embarrassment for young readers and their parents.

When I flipped open Potty Animals with my children I wasn't really sure what to expect. I hadn't pre-read this title, and just dove in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Speck's mom on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have checked out nearly every potty-training and potty-related book from the public library lately. There are stacks of them. We are just beginning training and I am getting my son more familiar with the concept, etc. This book is aimed at children who are already a bit more accomplished at the task, but it works well for those just starting out as well. My son loves the story (silly and simple, but well-written) and the illustrations (they are really wonderful). Out of this large group of potty books, this is the one my son wants to read again and again. He knows all of the characters' names.

This is a good choice for a potty book because the child can observe the basics of the characters using the potty. Then later, once they are potty trained, this book is still fun and useful as a reminder of "potty manners". I will be buying this one to keep. Highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yvonne raffini on December 8, 2013
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Graphics and the story characters were easy for my 2 year granddaughter to relate to. She memorized the names of each character so when she was late to get to the Potty she named the character. She learned what lolly gagging really meant and really enjoyed this book. We will be passing the book on to her new brother about to be born.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Funmom on February 13, 2011
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Both of my kids, ages 3 and 7, love this book. We have all of the characters memorized, and we make jokes to each other about different issues that come up in the book. For example, if someone in the family leaves their zipper down, someone will shout, "Ziggy, check your zipper!" and everyone laughs. The illustrations are adorable!
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All the boys and girls at Sycamore Preschool really were quite neat and clean, except perhaps for Wilbur who wouldn't wash his hands, but some of them need to learn a few lessons. Wilma loved to play hopscotch with Freddie and toss around a ball with Farley and Ziggy. She played so long and hard she sometimes didn't make it to the bathroom. Oops! Arnold had a keen eye and had a great aim, but there was one place he wasn't. "He hits the floor, he hits the lid, he hits the toilet seat. / Not much goes in the toilet bowl, which isn't very neat." There were lots of lessons that Sycamore's potty animals had to learn.

Benji was a barger,
to everyone's chagrin.
He never knocked,
he didn't tap,
he marched straight in.
He had to pee
and didn't see
the critters waiting there.
One day Freddie barged in, took
and Benji got a scare.
Knock first, Benji!

Any potty time woes your preschool youngster may have are dealt in a humorous, but very tactful manner in this book. There is everything in this book from the "potty animal" who forgets to flush to the one who forgets to zip up. Your school or preschool could easily be substituted for Sycamore Preschool and the lessons outlined in this book will be much appreciated and come in handy when you try to teach appropriate toilet manners. The artwork is simply charming and each situation is fully expressed in the eyes of the animals. For example, when Benji forgot to knock on the bathroom door before entering, the wide-eyed look on Freddie raccoon's face was priceless. If you could use a perfect potty manners book, this is one you need to consider!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on October 23, 2013
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I initially discovered this book when we were having issues with our firstborn, she was regressing and when she was about 4 we checked this book out from the library and it really helped remind her of all of the things that needed to be done, in a fun way! My daughters issue was not wanting to stop what she was doing to go potty, so we really put emphasis on the page about "Wilma" who "waits too long."

I bought this book for my 2 year old who has just started potty training. She doesn't really care much for it, but I know she'll grow into it.

Over all it's a fun, colorful book full of cute animals with little rhymes to help kids remember all of the steps to going potty and proper potty etiquette.
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