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You Can Go to the Potty (Sears Children Library) Hardcover – September 1, 2002
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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 Cooper
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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.
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The only thing I didn't like was the use of the terms "pee-pee" and "poo-poo" but that's easy enough to change as you read. The message is comforting at the same time the text is informative for kids, discussing the mechanics of the process as well as the benefits.
There is also a pull-out poster that shows the steps involved, and this can be placed on the bathroom wall or maybe in a spot your youngster tends to seek out when s/he feels the need to go potty.
If the toilets in my place weren't overly noisy I think my boy would be making better progress.
The text is very easy to adapt to our family -- we make it personal to our daughter whenever we read it. The tips for parents at the beginning are a great feature that I haven't seen in other books like this, and there are lots of little extras throughout the story for inquisitive kiddos.