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My Big Boy Potty Hardcover – December 28, 2004
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PreSchool-This set of gender-specific potty-training books is a cut above the rest in an already crowded field. Like Alyssa Satin Capucilli's The Potty Book for Boys and The Potty Book for Girls (both Barron's, 2000), their texts are identical, except for the gender references. "Michael is a boy just your age." "Ashley is a girl just your age." However, the direct, engaging language and questions aimed at young listeners make these titles far superior to Capucilli's singsong offerings. In both of Cole's titles, the parents buy a potty, encourage their child to use it, and eventually success is achieved. While the watercolor illustrations are not identical in the two books, they are very similar and add a cheerful, perky touch, portraying a boy/girl well into the toddler stage, surrounded by loving, smiling parents (no stress here). Cole's Your New Potty (Morrow, 1989) traces the progress of both a girl and boy, with alternating looks at each child, using photographs that, like Fred Rogers's Going to the Potty (PaperStar, 1997), give young listeners a look at other "real" children learning this momentous skill. Both Cole's older book and the newer pair include useful, clearly stated tips for parents.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Reviewed with Joanna Cole's My Big Girl Potty.
Ages 1-3. This book is very reassuring, leaving the impression that little Michael or Ashley (or any child) will be able to succeed at potty training. Cole's matter-of-fact text points out that practice makes perfect, while Chambliss' watercolor illustrations show smiles all around--on Mommy and Daddy's faces, on the kids' faces, and even on the stuffed animals' faces. There is no yelling, no scariness, and no one gets in trouble for having an accident. Michael, with his stuffed bear, and Ashley, with her stuffed bunny, easily transition from diapers to big-kid pants, and their satisfaction at accomplishing this feat is very apparent. The text is the same in both volumes except for one added line in the boys' book: "Daddy showed Michael how to stand up when he made pee-pee." The last page includes "Tips for Successful Potty Teaching," which is directed at parents. Kathy Broderick
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Michael receives a potty. His parents set it up and start having him sit on it regularly. At first, nothing comes out. Eventually, he is successful. The next day, his dad teaches him to pee standing up. He switches to underwear (is still wearing diapers at night) and is determined to stay clean and dry. He has an accident one day, but is reassured by his mother that this is normal and happens to all children.
This book depicts the main events that most kids will recognize, such as getting a new potty, being taken to the potty by their parents, washing hands after using the potty, coping with accidents, and transitioning to underwear. It also explains some of the logistics, such as dumping pee from the potty chair into the big toilet, then flushing it down into pipes under the house. Michael's parents are firm but are also loving, warm, and supportive.
Potty-training seems to be something that happens TO Michael, rather than something he chooses for himself. The potty arrives in the mail. His parents set it up. His parents bring him to sit on it. And so on. This is realistic, of course. But given the fierce desire of many toddlers to strive towards independence and making their own decisions, I think this book would have been better if it depicted potty training as something a child chooses to do, rather than a policy that is laid down by the parents. We just started at a new daycare/preschool, which uses the term "potty learning" instead of "potty training." I hadn't heard that phrase before, but I think it's a good one as it places the child in an active rather than a passive role. Whereas this book addresses the process more from the top-down perspective of "potty training."
GOOD FOR AGES: 2-3 years.
Younger kids might find this book a little too complex and hard to relate to, as Michael seems to be maybe 2-3 years old and potty-trains really fast (e.g., learns to pee standing up the day after using the potty for the first time). There is also a companion book for girls.
Joanna Cole is a wonderful author. We have many of her books (Big Sister, Big Girl Potty, Sharing is Fun), and they really do help my kids relate to the characters in the book. My kids would rename the characters after themselves, our family, and their friends, and I think that was a great idea, as my kids are very book-oriented. Would definitely recommend for any boys learning how to potty train. I do wish there were also books featuring single parents or parents of the same gender since I'd love to give them to some of my friends for when their kids reach potty training age.