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The Potty Book: For Boys Hardcover – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; English Language edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764152327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764152320
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-New entries in an already crowded field of books. These two are almost exact duplicates, both in text and illustration. The only differences are the names, Henry/Hannah; the addition or subtraction of a ponytail on the child's head; and the colors used-blue or pink, of course. A cutesy, rhymed text in the child's voice tells toddlers how Henry/Hannah receives his/her very own potty "to use when I am ready." Then the narrator goes on to relate how he/she sits on it, has success, and is rewarded with new underwear, not to mention the praise and applause of Mommy and Daddy. This is virtually the same plot as any other potty-training book aimed at this audience and their parents. Some have a tad more humor and imagination, like Wendy Lewison's The Princess & the Potty (S & S, 1994). Others are a bit more straightforward, such as Alona Frankel's Once Upon a Potty (Barron's, 1980). These two add nothing new or noteworthy or imaginative. Serviceable additions to satisfy demand.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Great book to introduce potty training.
Mountaineer
My son loves this book, even after he has been potty trained we read it.
Heidi J Thompson
My son loves this book and asks me to read it to him every night.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Reader on March 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son loves this book, so I can't really give it a "bad" review. He loves the illustrations (especially the one where Henry has had an accident on the floor). But I wish that it was a little more 'instructional' for him. The book never discusses some really important elements of potty training, like wiping afterwards or washing hands. The cover of the book shows Henry playing with the toilet paper roll, but never shows toilet paper inside the book and never once mentions what toilet paper is actually for. I guess this is a good book for very beginning children who just need to be introduced to the very basic elements of just sitting on the potty.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Our son just turned 2 but has been showing signs of being ready to potty train for some time. We haven't pushed it at all, but after ordering this book for him, he's decided to start using his potty. At first he'd only sit on it with the lid down and his clothes on. Then with the potty lid up, and last night, he actually used his potty!
While reading the book: We have developed a little game of looking for Henry's (the character in the book) diaper on each page of the book, which he really enjoys. We also laugh and clap for Henry when Henry uses his potty. This books is very cute, and the rhyming text grasped our sons attention from the very beginning
Beware though, if you get to read it as often as we do... you may find yourself repeating it throughout the day!
Considering my sons complete defiance against the potty before we got this book and a potty seat for him (we originally had bought a toddler size toilet seat which he hated), and his total acceptance and excitment about using the potty now, I would be inclined to say that this book will help nearly ANY little boy with potty training!
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103 of 121 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 20, 2002
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This is a cheery poem about a boy named Henry who is learning to use the toilet. He uses a separate potty seat rather than a toilet insert, and the book uses the terms pee and poop. There were a couple of things I didn't like about the book -- in one picture Henry is brushing his teeth and has toothpaste squirted all over and a bowl of oatmeal on his head! This is distracting. In another picture urine is in a big puddle on the floor when Henry's had an accident. In yet another, Henry's pants are wet after he had another accident. I guess I feel I can reassure our toddler if there are accidents; I'd like the book to stay on message and show a positive and successful experience. Also, as in most other books of this genre, there is little show-or-tell about the actual anatomy or mechanics. This book isn't terrible and our son likes it, I just don't think it has helped much.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Poole on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My kid likes this book a lot, and we also have the Potty Book for Girls. They are fun and popular. However my complaint is the grammar the books (and associated DVDs) use, including saying things like "Teddy and me go off to the potty..." I don't want my child learning to speak incorrectly -- why on earth should a kids' book or DVD use incorrect grammar?
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Foote on June 3, 2000
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Was so surprised and pleased at the cute pictures in this book and the diversity it covers compared to other potty books. Very pleased with the heavy weight pages, close to board book durability. It does not heavily focus on boys except you follow a boy throughout.. there are no standing pictures if that is what you are looking for. Still it held my son's attention and made him laugh. Great size to hold on a potty too!Highly recommend!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2002
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We got this book for my son, who is starting to potty train. He is 2-1/2. He enjoys the story, talks about the little boy, Henry, and likes comparing his potty to the Henry's. He still doesn't want 'big boy underpants', but he thinks that it is cute that Henry has them now. They don't name body parts, which is fine because some books make up silly names instead. The book refers to 'pee and poop' which is also fine, because we do too. The book is a great quality, and durable. The pictures are cute and fun without too much going on in them. My son loves for us to read it to him!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lighten_up_already2 VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
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I gave this book three stars because it does develop in the child an "if at first you don't succeed, try try again" attitude, and the text is written as a cute poem, which is more that can be said about most potty training books.

However, the weakness of this book to me is that it presents in it's story line every parent's fantasy about what potty training is and not the reality. In this book, the littly boy's parents buy him a child potty, and then the child teaches himself to use it through trial-and-error, and when the child gets it right he announced to his parents, who apparently have been reading the paper all this time, that he has succeeded in mastering the potty. A cute story, but not reality.

Also, like most potty books, the book doesn't get into the essential mechanics of managing bodily functions. You still have to train the child in those things yourself. Don't wait for you child to figure everything out and then announce to you that they've done it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "amazoncomwoman" on July 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I must have bought no fewer than a half dozen toilet training books and videos, but this one hands down made the biggest impression. Once my son was ready to train, he constantly compared his success to that of the book's hero, Henry, and we when too had success, you can bet we went out and bought that very special first pair of underwear, just like You Know Who. Even now, 6 mos. after successful completion of training, I still get requests for Henry. For technique, I recommend Dr John Rosemond; for mentoring, Henry.
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