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Going to the Potty [Paperback]

Fred Rogers
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Jan. 11 2002 Mr. Rogers
Parent and child may read together about the way children develop in the experience of eliminating waste products from their body and about the positive aspects of using the toilet.

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Going to the Potty, a title in Rogers's First Experiences series, handles a sensitive subject with the same quiet candor and respect for young audiences that are the hallmark of his Mister Rogers' Neighborhood TV show. Large color photos present children using the toilet, and the straightforward text emphasizes the benefits to the child of mastering this developmental step. Unlike other books on this subject, which can be overly cutesy and condescending, this one offers practical information and gentle encouragement. Children may be disappointed that Mr. Rogers himself appears only on the book's jacket, but parents will find this a valuable resource. (27st
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Producer, magician, writer, puppeteer, minister, husband, father, Fred Rogers started out in children's television thirty years ago. The direction he trailblazed was the "creation of television programming that spoke, with respect, to the concerns of early childhood, not as adults see it but as children feel it."

He has received virtually every major award in the television industry for work in his field, and dozens of others from special-interest groups.

Fred Rogers lives in Pennsylvania.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to the Potty Feb. 26 2000
By Mama T.
Mr. Rogers addresses this milestone so well because he sees things from a child's perspective. He then discusses the topic in a way in which the child can understand and relate. He does not oversimplify and gloss over the child's experience. He addresses the sensations that a child may experience, for example, noting that the potty seat may feel cold and hard at first, but it soon feels better. Or that sometimes the water is noisy when the toilet is flushed. He also addresses what the child may feel emotionally. He alludes to the sense of pride at accomplishing a new skill on the way to growing up. But he also acknowledges that sometimes there are setbacks. This prepares a child not to feel defeated or like a failure if (when) he or she has an accident. I think Fred Rogers must have been practicing emotional intelligence techniques before it became a well known approach. Again, Mr. Rogers was ahead of his time, and is the most relevant source for exploring new experiences on the way to growing up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars MR. ROGERS, HOW COULD YOU? April 21 2000
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Not nearly up to the level we'd expect from Mr. Rogers. The pictures are dated and unattractive and the text is boring and uninformative. Don't be fooled by the September 1997 date--this book is a reprint of a slim volume originally published years ago, and seems old-fashioned to today's children. It looks like a cheap imitation of Alison Mack's delightful and effective TOILET LEARNING: THE PICTURE BOOK TECHNIQUE FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS, using tacky photos instead of Mack's cute drawings, and leaving out the all-important section that gives guidance to parents. Mr. Rogers' book is just the thing for parents who want to save a few dollars at their children's expense.
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This was absolutely the best potty training book we found! Although Alona Frankel's "Once Upon A Potty" also gets high marks in our family, this book by Fred Rogers (of PBS Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood") was much more interesting for my daughter as it shows real children learning to use the potty. The narrative is simple, and all of the books in the Mr. Rogers' series celebrate growing up and the excitement of being a "big kid". Rogers does an excellent job addressing common fears experienced by preschoolers. Speaks directly to children in very much the same way as Rogers' show.
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By Heidi M
I can't understand the criticisms of this book - one criticized it for being basic, but BASIC is exactly what a two year old needs, isn't it? And who cares if the pictures are old - can't our children (and indeed can't we) learn from books published over time, not only brand new books? This book is great - basic, straightforward and very matter-of-fact and friendly, just like Mr Rogers himself. I can't see turning potty time into some kind of big adventure with cutesy characters and teddy bears; it's the potty, for pete's sake - it IS basic and simple! Cheers to Mr Rogers!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the point and well written. March 12 2003
Some have reviewed Going to the Potty by Fred Rogers as outdated.
Yes---the pictures were taken years ago but who cares. The pictures are discrete yet very informative and neither I nor my child cares what clothes the people are wearing. The information is still up to date---going to the potty hasn't changed over the years has it? I highly recommend this book. It does not contain any silly characters or make potty training into a story but a reality of real people using the potty. Good job Mr. Rogers!
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