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Once Upon a Potty -- Boy Hardcover – Mar 30 2007

3.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (March 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554072832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554072835
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your child will be empowered by Joshua as he learns to use his new potty. (us.pampers.com)

My little boy is one of those kids that has to understand the why and how of things. If he doesn't see the point of something, he simply won't do it. Once Upon a Potty-Boy shows him step by step and explains things in a way he seemed to comprehend. At least now he's willing to try the potty. And that's a big step in the right direction. (Tami Brady TCM Reviews 2010-10-01)

From the Author

Dear Fellow-Parents,

Once Upon a Potty is best used as a companion volume to a child's new potty. I wrote this book when my own child was toilet training to help him better understand the process. My son was encouraged and excited by this story. It motivated him to make the developmental leap from diaper to potty.

Learning to use the potty is often a lengthy process, taxing the patience of both parent and child. When success finally comes--and it should come in its own good time, without undue pressure or haste--it enhances the child's confidence and pride. He has taken another step toward independence. He sat on the potty as a little child and got up feeling ten-feet tall.

It's one small step for mankind, but a giant one for your family.

Love,
Alona --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
I hate to be so negative, but I did NOT like this book. Here are my primary criticisms, in no particular order.
1) The tone of the book is strange to me. The author says things like "Ever since Joshua was born, he has been making wee-wee and poo-poo into his diaper, and I, his mother have been changing him." She says things like this over and over again. It seems like she is complaining about all of the diaper changes. And where's dad? Given the wierd tone of the book, you're half expecting her to launch into an attack on the dead-beat dad of this good-for-nothing kid that keeps wee-weeing everywhere and wasting her time. :) OK, I'm exaagerating, but its just a little wierd to me.
2) She actually uses terms like "a pee-pee for making wee-wee". We raised out son to say penis and pee, so this seems absurdly babyish to me. Something more neutral would've been better.
3) As others have noted, the potty is not a standard potty chair, but a pitcher with a handle. I don't get the point of that.
A much cuter book, IMO, is Joanna Cole's My Big Boy Potty. I think its more upbeat, less strange and more useful. And she even includes helpful potty training tips at the end.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my son, and now have it on my wish list for my grandson!
Not only does it facilitate communication between parent and child concerning potty training, it's also a great way to introduce kids to non-fiction books, and books that are otherwise relavent to life skills, allows parents to potty train with some humor, but breaks the ice of embarassment for those who have a bit of reservation about how to potty train.
Not only does this book almost potty train for you, it also sparks interest in other books, and in reading. The copies of the boys' and girls' versions (I have both) were read until they were falling apart (and it wasn't because they weren't made well - we literally wore these books out reading them over and over again!)
This book, and paying attention to the signs of when my son needed to go, along with a potty chair, is all we needed to get him off to potty-training success! He graduated in record time! (He was out of diapers I think by about 20 months!)
This book is a MUST HAVE for any parent potty traning a child (Well, a boy anyhow - there is also a girl's version which I used with my daughter that is just as awesome!)
If I could give this book 100 stars I would! I think it ought to be given to parents in those hospital packs that hospitals send home, or given out at pediatricians' offices when kids are due for immunizations around a year old.
Reading to kids is something that I started before they were even born, and is SO important to their speech development, and to their language development. Having a book toddlers can relate to in real life helps them understand reading is more than just about 'stories' - it can relate to real life experiences as well!
My kids are grown, and I am extatic to see these books (the boys and girls versions) are still available for my grandkids!
Blessings to the author, Alona Frankel Thank you!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I love everything about this tiny book featuring Joshua and his new potty. To begin with, the illustrations are bright and eye catching. But the very best part of the book is the cler and simple language that the author uses to tell the story. As a first-time mom, I had no idea how to speak to my son about using his little potty chair or what to say about the fluids, etc., coming out of his body. I also found myself very frustrated at the end of a long day, cleaning up an unexpected mess or changing yet another pair of training pants. However, by using the language in the book, and repeating Joshua's mother's kind words about "accidents", I was able to keep my cool and not make potty training any harder for my son. It's nice to see a potty book that shows a child having accidents occasionally but still succeeding. It's also nice to have words to explain to a small child what the new potty is and not to be scared of it. I'm actually logged on today to buy another copy for a friend! Love this book!!!
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Format: Hardcover
My 2-year old boy used to refuse to have his diaper taken off and sit on the potty. So I bought this book and showed him the pictures that Joshua sat on his potty and the picture that his Poo-Poo was right inside his potty. Then he was willing to sit on the potty like Joshua but was still nervous to make any bowel movement. So I also bought some cotton training pants since it can be easily pulled on and off and makes him aware of wetness of pants. It made him feel more comfortable than wearing diapers. If he was nervous, just pulled on his pants and tried again later. One day, he sat on the potty while watching Sesame street and made his first bowel movement in the potty. Then I showed him the pictures again and told him he did what Joshua did. He was very encouraged and making progress since then. Young kids like to learn each other, they might not accept what you said no matter what language you use but can understand the pictures.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book way far on the edge of what any parent would really want to teach their child.
The pictures are graphic, which for me is fine as they are nature (but may not be to all.)However he pees in something that looks like a bowl then a toilet. Also they seem to stray from potty training itself a bit. However the biggest part that bothered me was the reference to where you poop from. They refer to it as a "HOLE". Now I find nothing wrong with 'bottom' personally but even if someone was more inclined to use another word I would hear 'tush' or 'rear' but never have I heard hole. Often you here hole used in terminology as rude (ex: "shut your hole") I can't understand why the author chose to use a word that sounds more insulting the realistic or informational. There are many other book out there that teach the poitives and cover the same subjects in a better way.
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