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Review of "Once Upon a Potty" by Alona Frankel

Updated on October 24, 2008

Potty training can be a daunting task for parents. Because of this there are many tools to aid the frazzled parent. One such tool is the book "Once Upon a Potty" written by Alona Frankel and published by HarperFestival.

The book comes in two gender specific editions and begins with a basic anatomy lesson. My daughter enjoys pointing out her own eyes and ears and hands as we read that part of the story. However, while the boys' edition uses the term penis, the girls' edition is less anatomically correct in its terminology using the word "pee-pee".

The book is very straight forward about the process of going to the bathroom, even showing pictures of the "wee-wee" and "poo-poo". It also emphasizes the fact that it takes time to go potty. Encouraging a child to sit and wait for it to happen.

The book is thirty-two pages long and includes many simple illustrations well suited for young toddlers. The anatomy page shows a simplified drawing of a little girl or boy that still allows toddlers to easily identify the various parts.

The book can be helpful for explaining the potty process as well as encouraging a child to remain on the potty. My daughter and I read the book together when she is using the potty. Her favorite part is suggesting various objects that the potty might be. Over all I would say it is a good potty training tool.

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