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The Princess and the Potty [Paperback]

Wendy Cheyette Lewison , Rick Brown
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Jan. 6 2005 Stories to Go!
Vivid watercolors capture the hilarity as a pair of royal parents try everything they can to get a stubborn little princess to renounce diapers and use the potty, efforts that seem hopeless until the princess offers a solution. For children under four.
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Lewison ( Shy Vi ; Going to Sleep on the Farm ) and Brown ( Your Best Friend, Kate ) strike a merry chord in this appealing variation on an oft-played theme. Brown's comic ink-and-watercolor pictures depict a medieval princess who looks to be well past the potty-training stage--and who trots out an engaging range of facial expressions that indicate her stubbornness. It seems she has no interest in trading in the "royal diaper" for a potty--even when tempted with models that are polka-dotted, musical or glow-in-the-dark. Quite simply, they fail to please her. When the princess's desperate parents consult the royal wise man, he answers--again quite simply--that "the princess will use the potty when it pleases her to use the potty." Her incentive proves to be a new acquisition: "the prettiest pair of pantalettes in the land," which, quite simply, cannot be worn with a royal diaper. Art and text convey the tale's message with amusing understatement. Bound to please any princess--and less royal youngsters as well. Ages 2-4.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-"'This potty doesn't please me,'" says the princess. Neither does the next one, nor the next. Her parents are frantic with worry-what will the neighbors in the next-door kingdom think? They try everything they can think of, including consulting a wizard. The princess continues to wear her royal diaper until the day she chooses to wear the prettiest pair of pantalettes in the land. When decision time comes, it's the nearest facility that pleases her. This learning experience will be familiar to anyone who has been toilet trained, and a light encouragement to those who haven't. Cheery, full-color cartoons reveal an imagined medieval world in which the anachronistic appearance of a white porcelain commode will disturb only the humorless. A pleasant, nondogmatic title that will be enjoyed as much as Virginia Miller's On Your Potty! (Greenwillow, 1991).
Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Less Than Fairy Tale Reactions" Sept. 25 2003
While this story happens "once upon a time," it sure sounds like some contemporary families I know. Princess is a royal - um, challenge who refuses to use her potty. King and Queen worry more about what the neighbors will think and about pleasing the princess than finding an effective solution. Even in my own home, we were overindulgent when training our firstborn on her own little throne (Stickers? Silly songs and dances? Nothing but a royal hassle!).
Since then we have read almost every potty book available on the market (over two dozen!). Most fit into two categories: INSTRUCTIONAL books that introduce the skills needed to master the potty; and those that are primarily ENTERTAINING, for children who understand what is supposed to happen on the potty, but need extra time to make it happen.
This text is more detailed than most, the vocabulary more difficult (with words like chambermaids and pantalettes, for example). But I found Wendy Cheyette Lewison's fairy tale ENTERTAINING. Unfortunately my little ones found it a little too lengthy and lost interest before I reached the end. Too bad. The Princess and the Potty is a delightful read from the once upon a time to the happily ever after.
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As I began reading this book about a little girl whose royal parents buy her every color and pattern potty imaginable to get her to potty train, I was a bit worried my child would begin demanding her own 'pink potty'. However, as you read you discover none of these bribes work with the little girl-she simply doesn't want to (sound familiar? It did for me). Anyway, only the thought of soiling the princess' pretty, new undies gives her the desire to run to the potty in the end. And it is then that she discovers she doesn't need any of those fancy potties, the closest potty will do(which is the plain, old potty)! Now, my daughter couldn't care less about pretty panties when we began to suggest potty training. ... This was her favorite book and it is so cute she actually continued choosing it in her nightly read selections for some time after potty training. ... Anyway, would reccomend this Princess and the Potty to keep the task at hand foremost in their little minds and then one other for more specific step-by-step instructional which can tend to be not as attractive for them to want to read. Good luck! If you stick to it and let them feel the few messes and help clean up, you'll succeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Helpful For Toddlers and Parents March 20 2003
What a great "potty-learning" story! I was a little sceptical when I first saw the title - I thought it sounded silly. But after reading more descriptions and reviews I changed my mind. Boy am I glad I did! My 22 month old daughter loves it and so do I.
The pictures are fantastic and the story is done very well. I like how tactfully it is told. It feels like you are reading just any other fairy tale about a princess but it is nicely wrapped around the potty :-) Great reminders for parents too.
My daughter really gets into this book. She really likes the part where the princess says "This potty doesn't please me, take it away!" And always grins and nods her head sharply. (Maybe it's just the way I read it, but it's cute anyway.)
She loves to sit on the potty with this book and has me read it to her several times a day (esp. at bedtime) and also "reads" it to herself during the day. Unfortunately, though, it is soft cover with paper pages (most of her books are board books) she is pretty good with it but it still gets slightly damaged. I have to be careful to put it away when she is done with it so that it doesn't get trampled or lost under her toys and therefore crumpled.
Definitely a keeper, get it for you and your princess. Great to have in the library. (We also have "The Potty Book for Girls" and "My Potty Book for Girls")
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This story is good for two reasons.
1. The story is funny and engaging for the average 2-3 year old (the target audience) and relates the story of the princess' potty training in language and a style that the kids can understand.
2. It also reminds parents that potty training is on the child's schedule, and cannot be rushed.
In the tale, the princess is too busy doing other things to be interested in any of the plethora of potties that the king and queen have gotten for her. She continues to wear her diaper through glow in the dark potties and musical potties, etc. Even the efforts of the king and his court cannot change her mind. Finally, the princess decides that she likes the queen's pantalettes and wants a pair for herself. This is the impetus for her to master potty training.
Any parents who have been thru the process realize it is never simple or straightforward regardless of the 24 hour or weekend "solutions". The child will do this on their own schedule, but this book provides humour and a light-hearted look at the challenges.
My only complaint (despite the fact that I have two daughters) is that there isn't a version for boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book For Parents Of Little Girls Dec 21 2000
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Format:School & Library Binding
As a R.N. and mother of two girls ages 6 and 4, I would say I worried like most parents as to why my girls just didn't "Get It" when it came to potty training. People would say they'll get it when they're ready and not before.These words never sat well with me,I was sure I was doing something wrong,(especially when I would hear people brag about how their kids were completely potty tranined by age 2 or less). It isn't until now that I can look back at those stressful potty training attempts and say why did I worry so much? This book pokes fun at the anxiety parents feel during this trying time. I loved the pictures and the humor even better. I have had this book for a year, and my girls (who were both fully trained at 3 1/2) adore it. Out of all the childrens books we have this is the most requested book to have read to them. I think it's because they like to see me laugh. This is parenting with a sense of humor at it's best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Our little girl was really reluctant to use the toilet. I found this book really helpful because it showed a little girl having issues using the toilet. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Anna Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars We loved it!
This book is not instructional in any way, and it doesn't need to be. It is fun and lighthearted, which is exactly the attitude you must try to maintain while potty training a... Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
My 2 year old daughter loves this book. It is not just a great book about using the potty but it is a very cute story, that really doesn't need to get into all the nitty gritty... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Consider this a regular story, not a potty training helper
As a story, this is cute and enjoyable. As a potty-training helper, not very effective.
The princess won't use any of the special royal potties until she is tempted by a pair... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002 by G. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Potty Book Ever
My daughter absolutely loves this book! It is such a cute story and it really did help us in the potty training area. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A very cute little book
If you have a little girl who is potty training, I highly suggest you get this for her. It's a really cute little book. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2002 by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my kid!
If your kid is like mine about the whole potty thing, then you'll love this book. We used this book to tell our daughter that we were going to take a break from the potty for a... Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by Christine Prado
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved it
This was a favorite book of my son's when he was at the potty-training age. Thumbs up!
Published on June 3 2002 by Jennie Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Speeding the training process
I read this book many times over at a camp where I worked with children with disabilities. A goal of one child was for them to become independently potty trained and she was my... Read more
Published on March 15 2001 by Kate
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