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The Princess and the Potty (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – December 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689822537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689822537
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lewison ( Shy Vi ; Going to Sleep on the Farm ) and Brown ( Your Best Friend, Kate ) strike a merry chord in this appealing variation on an oft-played theme. Brown's comic ink-and-watercolor pictures depict a medieval princess who looks to be well past the potty-training stage--and who trots out an engaging range of facial expressions that indicate her stubbornness. It seems she has no interest in trading in the "royal diaper" for a potty--even when tempted with models that are polka-dotted, musical or glow-in-the-dark. Quite simply, they fail to please her. When the princess's desperate parents consult the royal wise man, he answers--again quite simply--that "the princess will use the potty when it pleases her to use the potty." Her incentive proves to be a new acquisition: "the prettiest pair of pantalettes in the land," which, quite simply, cannot be worn with a royal diaper. Art and text convey the tale's message with amusing understatement. Bound to please any princess--and less royal youngsters as well. Ages 2-4.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-"'This potty doesn't please me,'" says the princess. Neither does the next one, nor the next. Her parents are frantic with worry-what will the neighbors in the next-door kingdom think? They try everything they can think of, including consulting a wizard. The princess continues to wear her royal diaper until the day she chooses to wear the prettiest pair of pantalettes in the land. When decision time comes, it's the nearest facility that pleases her. This learning experience will be familiar to anyone who has been toilet trained, and a light encouragement to those who haven't. Cheery, full-color cartoons reveal an imagined medieval world in which the anachronistic appearance of a white porcelain commode will disturb only the humorless. A pleasant, nondogmatic title that will be enjoyed as much as Virginia Miller's On Your Potty! (Greenwillow, 1991).
Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It has great illistrations and a cute story line!
J. Stanfield
My daughter loves this book because the story is like the Princess and the Potty segment of the "Potty Power" video, one of the best potty videos around.
MiracleBaby'sMom
This book shows both child and parent that pressure is not an effective way to potty train.
Jill Myers Sapphire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
As a R.N. and mother of two girls ages 6 and 4, I would say I worried like most parents as to why my girls just didn't "Get It" when it came to potty training. People would say they'll get it when they're ready and not before.These words never sat well with me,I was sure I was doing something wrong,(especially when I would hear people brag about how their kids were completely potty tranined by age 2 or less). It isn't until now that I can look back at those stressful potty training attempts and say why did I worry so much? This book pokes fun at the anxiety parents feel during this trying time. I loved the pictures and the humor even better. I have had this book for a year, and my girls (who were both fully trained at 3 1/2) adore it. Out of all the childrens books we have this is the most requested book to have read to them. I think it's because they like to see me laugh. This is parenting with a sense of humor at it's best.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "palarowe" on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This story is good for two reasons.
1. The story is funny and engaging for the average 2-3 year old (the target audience) and relates the story of the princess' potty training in language and a style that the kids can understand.
2. It also reminds parents that potty training is on the child's schedule, and cannot be rushed.
In the tale, the princess is too busy doing other things to be interested in any of the plethora of potties that the king and queen have gotten for her. She continues to wear her diaper through glow in the dark potties and musical potties, etc. Even the efforts of the king and his court cannot change her mind. Finally, the princess decides that she likes the queen's pantalettes and wants a pair for herself. This is the impetus for her to master potty training.
Any parents who have been thru the process realize it is never simple or straightforward regardless of the 24 hour or weekend "solutions". The child will do this on their own schedule, but this book provides humour and a light-hearted look at the challenges.
My only complaint (despite the fact that I have two daughters) is that there isn't a version for boys.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michelle P (smak@erols.com) on November 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
I feel this book is an excellent tool to aid in the toilet training process. I bought character underpants and a neat potty, but it wasn't until my daughter read about someone else getting their panties, did she take an interest in going to the potty. The princess' experiences resembled her own - i.e. preferred going in her diaper, didn't want to have anything to do with the potty, and her OWN panties excited and motivated her. It helped her to have someone to "relate" to. We still have a ways to go, but I believe this book gave her a step up in the process.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific potty book directed at little girls. A princess (don't we all have one?) does not want to use the potty. Then she sees the beautiful pantelettes, and suddenly, the royal diaper will not do. The story -- not too long, not too short -- is just right. The pictures are appropriate and well done. This is an easy potty book, more enticing than some of the other bestsellers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on March 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book many times over at a camp where I worked with children with disabilities. A goal of one child was for them to become independently potty trained and she was my "kid" for the summer. She was struggling a lot with the independence of it and we had just gotten her a new specialized toilet which coincided with the one she now had at home. She would not even sit on it at first. The Princess and the Potty became routine for her to listen to. I think this book models independence, yet also stresses the idea that the child knows when they are ready.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on March 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is not instructional in any way, and it doesn't need to be. It is fun and lighthearted, which is exactly the attitude you must try to maintain while potty training a child. Our daughter loved it. We read it several times a day (along with "The Potty Book For Girls" by A.S. Capucilli --- another book I highly recommend), and I think it helped in a very subliminal way. I can honestly say I didn't get tired of reading it, and I can't say that about many children's books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
As I began reading this book about a little girl whose royal parents buy her every color and pattern potty imaginable to get her to potty train, I was a bit worried my child would begin demanding her own 'pink potty'. However, as you read you discover none of these bribes work with the little girl-she simply doesn't want to (sound familiar? It did for me). Anyway, only the thought of soiling the princess' pretty, new undies gives her the desire to run to the potty in the end. And it is then that she discovers she doesn't need any of those fancy potties, the closest potty will do(which is the plain, old potty)! Now, my daughter couldn't care less about pretty panties when we began to suggest potty training. ... This was her favorite book and it is so cute she actually continued choosing it in her nightly read selections for some time after potty training. ... Anyway, would reccomend this Princess and the Potty to keep the task at hand foremost in their little minds and then one other for more specific step-by-step instructional which can tend to be not as attractive for them to want to read. Good luck! If you stick to it and let them feel the few messes and help clean up, you'll succeed!
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