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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Price World Publishing; Paperback/DVD edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932549641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932549645
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This cheerful 'cartoon musical' presents the toilet as a 'warm, loving, friendly, motherly, protective figure,' putting a positive spin on potty training. A girl shows her playmates her newly acquired toilet skills, and the bathroom contents (toothbrushes, soap, toilet paper, and the friendly toilet bowl) burst out in song. While visiting the zoo with his dad, a boy 'wants to go pee in the toilet' because his diaper is wet and his dad did not bring any replacements. His father sings a song to help the youngster 'spray at the target.' A young girl wants 'beautiful panties' so she gives up her bulky diapers. This film promotes good toilet habits (flushing and washing hands). The cartoonlike animation, sprightly songs, warm mood, and fast pacing will appeal to the target audience of toddlers reluctant to use the bathroom. --Booklist, Abby Alpert

Based on the expertise of child psychologist Dr. Baruch Kushnir, this cheery program combines colorful animation with catch tunes to guide parents and toddlers through the transition from diapers to toilet - without using a potty seat. The Magic Bowl begins with the introduction of cartoon characters Jennifer, Cindy, and Sammy Joe, three good buddies from Crabapple Road. One day while playing together, the kids notice that Jennifer's not wearing a diaper anymore - she has bright-colored, big-kid underpants and a medal declaring her to be a bathroom champ. Naturally, the other two are intrigued, and with the help of their patient moms and dads - as well as a friendly singing toilet - both learn how to correctly use the titular magic bowl. Depending on a child's attention span, the film can be watched in one session or in 3- to 4-minute segments. The visuals are tasteful but also realistic and practical, and the songs help little ones remember what to do in the bathroom, while also addressing common fears and concerns (one ditty titled Poopy Drop! focuses on constipation, and there's a rap intended to calm anxieties about accidents). Engaging for tots and helpful for adults, this affordable and well-produced how-to is highly recommended. --Video Librarian, E. Gieschen

Created by Dr. Baruch Kushnir, an expert in sphincter control with an M. Sc. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology, and years of practical experience working with children in his 17 clinics throughout Israel. The Magic Bowl: Potty Training Made Easy is a toilet-training instructional DVD for children. Gentle, friendly animation encourages young viewers to potty train themselves and soothes common anxieties. A helpful, fun and friendly way to introduce young people to the subject of toilet training, The Magic Bowl is highly recommended as an invaluable aid for parents and families preparing to meet this challenge in a child's natural development. --The Midwest Book Review, August 2010

About the Author

Dr. Baruch Kushnir is a world renowned expert on bed wetting, bladder control, and child development with an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph. D. in Medical Psychology. Since 1982 Dr. Kushnir has helped more than 24,000 children in his 17 clinics throughout Israel.

Customer Reviews

Well, parents...this dvd is what you're looking for!
Elissa Lurie
They watched it over and over and it made potty training fun and easy for her!
P. Kralik
They sat right with my youngest, watching the dvd and singing the songs!!
Lisa Moore Gee

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CheKer on January 21, 2010
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I'm not sure if I should rate this based on how much I like it or how much my children do. It's regularly requested, but it hasn't motivated them to use the potty. After watching Go Potty Go or Potty Power they'll try to use the potty chair, and talk about being big kids. After watching this one, all they can say is that diapers are icky. Which, while true, doesn't make enduring the weirdness of this movie seem worthwhile.

It's probably just me, but this entire movie could honestly be a South Park parody, without the profanity and vulgarity. The anthropomorphic toilet and diaper are strange, but the parts that really struck me as odd were the toilet smiling after being shot in the eye with Sammy Jo's urine, and the song "Poopy Drop."

It does approach potty training in an interesting way. It teaches things the kids should know, and it talks about issues kids really do have (like constipation, or boys learning how to aim) and it tries really hard to touch on all of the things that could come up with potty training, like accidents and practicing. I like that it doesn't show a potty chair, but a regular toilet instead.

But all of these pluses can't make me like the movie. It really is strange, at least in my opinion. I could overlook that if it made my twins want to use the toilet, but they just seem mesmerized by the sideshow when it's on!

Three stars, because it really does teach some useful things even if I don't care for the method. The kids do ask to watch it once in a while, so they must not be as disturbed as I am when I watch.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary Pettersen on November 2, 2009
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We love The Magic Bowl! This was the only DVD that got through to my child. As a working mom, I had to quickly work with my daughter to get her trained before her daycare would let her move up to the next classroom, when she turned three years old. Even though she was not fully trained yet, they let her move into the new room with her friends. But, she had a ways to go, so the pressure was on. I was on a mission to help her get to that level and comfortably. That's when I was introduced to this DVD. Wow!! It took only a week and my daughter had a new outlook on going to the toilet. She absolutely loves the music and songs, and the characters express emotion and struggles that kids can personally relate to. The songs are so contagious that my husband literally would call me from work saying, "I can't get Jennifer, Cindy and Sammy Jo out of my head!" LOL. We both enjoyed many laughs with it.

My daughter Cassie also liked when I'd call her a "Bathroom Champ" just like in the DVD. In the evening, she'd ask me if she could watch the "movie with Jennifer and her friends going potty?" I'd jump up and say, Of course!" The part of the DVD when the boy and his dad need to leave the zoo before seeing the hippo because he wet his diaper and they didn't bring any extras was particularly interesting to her. She was able to see a direct correlation to cause and effect and the consequences, which was great. I'm recommending The Magic Bowl to my friends going through this process with their kids because it truly helps in a quick and fun way. I just had my second child and, while she's just three months old.... I can't wait for her to get to this phase because I'll be armed and ready to start her off right, from the beginning. I highly recommend this product!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John P on September 1, 2009
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My wife and I have three beautiful children. Potty training with the first two was easy peasy. However, with our third one - a 3 year old boy - TROUBLE! He's a rebelious, stubborn (and charming, of course) little kid, and he did not want to even talk about potty training. Finding this DVD was such a blessing... the boy started singing and asked to go potty almost that same day. It has been three weeks since we purchased this and it's been working great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. F. Steinberg on February 27, 2010
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I have never written a comment about any product purchased anywhere, but this time the words have made their own way to the keyboard. This DVD is amazing. It does the potty training job on its own. It is smart, entertaining, delivers a positive message, and teaches children about rewards and cause and effect. It is clever and the songs are wonderful and catchy. It covers all sorts of ethnic backgrounds and therefore anybody can relate to it. It shows the children in various , everyday type, situations that we as parents regularly find ourselves in. As we all know, raising children is a "team sport"; this DVD makes it easy for parents and children to work together as a team. I would highly recommend it.
Thank you Steve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kmjs on February 17, 2010
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This is by far one of the strangest dvd's. I feel as thought the makers were on heavy drugs when they thought of it, but my son loves it! It has a talking toilet and diapers and follows three children in their journey through toilet training. There are a few things I like, it shows different ways to use the toilet - one girl sits on the seat, one girl uses a ladder and seat thing (which is what we own) and the boy stands to pee. It's cute and my son will watch it 5 times in a row. We have been training him for some time and he pees fine, but the poop is another issue. I was hooping this might help given all of the reviews, but it has not. And my son actually doesn't like the idea of a potty champion or bathroom champion (whichever it is). He gets mad about it. I give it three stars because he likes to watch the dvd and he hasn't regressed. So, I am back to the drawing board on ideas!
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Dr. Baruch Kushnir, a worldwide expert of sphincter control, graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and possesses an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph. D. in Medical Psychology from Leeds and Hull Universities in the UK. Since 1982, he has devoted his life to the treatment and research of problems with sphincter control in children.


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