PreS. Here's an offering from the group that produced 11 books on parenting and child care for adults. This one is directed to potty trainees, though the subtext and the sidebars are for adults. The book begins with a several-page note advising parents that the training can last anywhere from two days to two years and pointing out how to tell when children are ready to begin the process. The text generally hits the mark in terms of packaging its information, but the tone veers between an almost cloying babyishness ("poo-poo goes bye-bye in the toilet") to more sophisticated sidebars for the "very curious" ("Why do boys have a penis and girls a vulva and vagina?"). The cartoon-style artwork is child-friendly, but it may not suit adults who are faint of heart. "Poo-poo" is tossed in the toilet, and "pee-pee" puddles on the floor. The back matter includes a list of parenting resources in books and on the Web. This is almost two books in one, and there's plenty of encouragement for both children and parents. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
William Sears received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He has practiced pediatrics for nearly thirty years and is associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California School of Medicine, Irvine.
Martha Sears is a registered nurse and a parenting and breastfeeding consultant. Together the Searses have authored eleven books on parenting, childcare, and nutrition.
Christie Watts Kelly has a degree in elementary education from the University of Memphis. Now a freelance writer and editor, she teaches prenatal yoga and is cofounder of the Memphis chapter of Attachment Parenting International.
Renee Andriani is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to illustrating the Sears Children's Library series and other books for children, she illustrates magazines and greeting cards.