Once Upon a Potty -- Boy Hardcover – Mar 30 2007
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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)
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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.
Alona --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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!!!
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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Our two and a half year old son loves the book and I think it has helped speed up potty training. I highly recommend it. It would make a great gift.Published 5 months ago by Cathrine Vedeler
Such a cute potty training book! I think this book really helped it click for my little guy. I love how you can purchase the book specific for a boy or specific for a girl so the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brenda C
Really helpful at getting kids to understand. I have both the girl and boy versions.Published 15 months ago by MJ Fenton
Very weird book. The child poops in a vase. The pictures are over the top. We laughed at this book more than my son would have learned anything from it.Published 22 months ago by Kevan Yuck
I read the book and will be giving in to my sister in law for her baby shower.i had the girls version in 1984.we never knew they made a boys version. So happy i found one. Read morePublished on May 14 2014 by Mel
I bought this book for a friend of mine who's having a little boy. I had to buy it as I had the girl one when I was learning how to use the potty. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2011 by mrswardo
Potty training can be a very stressful time for both child and parent. Some children seem to take to the potty naturally. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2010 by Tami Brady
I agree with most of the other reviews that it's a little babyish, but we have to remember how long ago it was written and that times have changed. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2008 by Jana Banana
after looking at the first few pages of this book through the online system, I wil NOT be purchasing this book to help my son learn to potty train. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2006 by A. J. Tisseur