- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin (Jan. 6 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689878389
- ISBN-13: 978-0689878381
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 81.6 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,698,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Princess and the Potty Paperback – Jan 6 2005
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About the Author
Wendy Cheyette Lewison has written many books for children, including a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year, Going to Sleep on the Farm. She lives in Westchester County, New York.
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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.
The princess won't use any of the special royal potties until she is tempted by a pair of pantalettes. Maybe that's a good reminder to us parents to be patient, but it doesn't encourage potty usage for my child.
The book discusses using the potty in very generic terms, nothing specific. No potty words (like pee or poop) are used. I view it as another book in the bookcase, which is OK.
My daughter likes for me to read this book to her, and enjoys calling her diaper "the royal diaper". Sometimes she likes to discuss pantalettes, but she has not expressed any interest in using the "royal potty".
I prefer "The Potty Book For Girls" as a potty-learning tool.
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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