- Age Range: 2 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Series: Hannah & Henry Series
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; English Language edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764152319
- ISBN-13: 978-0764152313
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 982 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hardcover – May 1, 2000
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Once my daughter graduated to underwear during the daytime, we moved the Potty Book into the bathroom and we would read it to her while she did her business. Then something happened that got this book (and all other potty books) pulled from the rotation and sent to Goodwill. There is a section in the book where the main character has an accident and the parents insist calmly that its OK. Seemed harmless.
For whatever reason, my daughter repeated this part of the book to me one day while we were in the bathroom. Later that day, she had an accident in her underwear for the first time in months. I didn't think too much about it until that night, when she refused to use the potty before bed because she could just pee in her pull-up and it would be OK. The similarity of her statement to the Potty Book struck me as I explained to my daughter that the pull up was "just-in-case" and that she should always try to use the potty if she feels the urge. For several nights in a row, my daughter fought using the potty saying that she could use her night time pullup. A few days later, my wife called me at work to say that my daughter deliberately peed her pants and that afterwards, she explained to my wife that it was OK. I asked whether she had read the Potty Book to her that day; she had. After our third "accident" followed by my daughter's insistence that it was OK, I decided that coincidence or not, the Potty Book for Girls was fired.
In hindsight, although my daughter quoted it during her accidents, this specific book is not really to blame, but rather our continued use of it well after my daughter was potty trained. My daughter's regression was influenced by a sentiment found in many potty training books; it's OK if you have an accident and try next time. I would offer that once my daughter had started to ask for the potty on her own without any prompting, we should have removed ALL potty training books from her collection to eliminate the potential of giving her a mixed message. Many potty training books explain that accidents will happen and unfortunately for us, my daughter became focused on this idea over the course of a few weeks.
With that small anecdotal story as a warning, I would recommend this book.
The Potty Book for Girls is a cute book that tells the story of Hannah, a little girl and her teddy bear, Teddy. Hannah describes how she gets ready in the morning, which includes getting her diaper changed, but she starts to wonder if she should use the potty instead. The story continues on to describe her learning about the potty, with the occasional and expected accident and is told in a sing-song rhyming manner by Hannah herself. The book is 32 pages long and is printed on thick, glossy paper. It's a hardcover book with cute, colorful pictures and measures 6 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
Out of the five books we purchased, I'd say this one and The Potty Book for Boys were the two books my twins asked for the most. The books are cute but I had a few issues with them. As a former English major, I noticed a couple spots where there was poor grammar, in particular towards the end when Hannah says "like me and Teddy do." Perhaps it's just me and that won't bother most people but that bugged me a bit. There is a point where Hannah says she can "run and jump and play" right after her first time going potty. Correct me if I'm wrong but I know my kids did those things when they were in diapers. Again, maybe I'm being too picky but those two things bothered me a little.
Overall, I'm glad I found a book my daughter could enjoy while she was learning how to go on the potty. I gave this book four stars because even though I think it helped a little bit, my daughter hardly used it after a few months. My kids started potty training a little later so, by the time they started using the potty, they weren't interested in this book. Still, it was my daughter's favorite out of the several we bought and I think it helped a little bit. It's cute, has fun pictures and it gives the basics about potty training. If you are looking for a potty training book for your little girl, my daughter asked for this one more than the others and I feel it's decent but we never found one that we loved.