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Once Upon a Potty: Boy
Once Upon a Potty: Boy
by Alona Frankel

In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and its companion Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training. These children's books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family.

Thanks to its timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy is being discovered and used by a new generation of parents.

Age: 2 Year-olds | Title: Once Upon a Potty: Boy  |  Author: Alona Frankel  |  Publisher: Firefly Books

In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and its companion Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training. These children's books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family.

Thanks to its timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy is being discovered and used by a new generation of parents.

Alona Frankel's Once Upon a Potty specifically focuses on boys who are learning to use the potty by themselves. It contains vibrant illustrations and vital information necessary to teach potty training. The story also is very straightforward, which will limit any feelings of confusion or uneasiness.

You will relate to this story as you and your child struggle to learn this new skill and become more independent. As you read through the story together, it will open up a dialogue about the subject, and you'll be able to answer questions that he may have is sure to have about this new experience. The encouraging end to the story will also motivate the little boy in your life to follow the lead of the boy in the story.

I remember reading this story with my little brother Thomas as he was growing up. The book has such sweet, inviting illustrations that it made him extremely curious about the process of potty training. As he was learning, this was a great resource for my parents because it clearly showed him what they were trying to encourage him to do. This book was extremely helpful for my family, and I'm certain that you will find it valuable as well.

--Eve

Honestly, we've been getting hints and well-meaning advice from people around us that Ben should be potty trained already at this age (he's 19 months old)! I don't know how others did it but hubby and I felt that we should let nature takes its course, I mean, Ben will be ready when he's ready. But that doesn't mean that I can't read any information pertaining to potty training right?

So, I requested this particular book the moment I saw the cute illustrations on the cover of this book. I've always been very much geared to separated gender books, meaning if there are books that are generalised for both boys and girls, and books that are for boys only, I'll definitely go for the boys books. I find it easier for my son to relate himself to the story when it's illustrated and told from their point of view.

One thing I don't like about this book is how the potty is being potrayed. Honestly, it looks like a vase (with a handle) to me. I find myself subtly covering the handles when I go through the book with Ben, maybe it's just me, but I don't want him to go around seeing anything (such as a vase with handle) and think that's a potty! I also flipped through the pages where the little boy initially wonders what is the object (potty) given to him by his grandma. For example, he wears it on his head wondering whether it's a hat (no, I don't want Ben doing that!).

As for illustrations wise, I totally love it! It's cute and doesn't seem gross at all! The paper quality of the book is good as well, thick enough for easy handling. I don't mind the terms used to represent peeing ('Wee-Wee' in the book, I used 'Pee-Pee') and pooping (both the book and I used 'Poo-Poo').

Now, I just want to highlight that the moment I received the book, I went through 1 round with Ben (just make up my own story as we go along) and I can immediately see some results, albeit a small one, but it is very exciting to see my boy approaching the potty and trying to sit on it (of course, he's still wearing his diapers and pants), but the point is he approached the potty without us coaxing him into doing that! It happened so fast that I don't have enough time to grab my camera to snap this memorable moment!

Please note that prior to this book, Ben never approach nor even touch the potty at all (it's in our bathroom to get him to familiar himself with) and now, he's sitting on it! Amazing milestones I would say! It'll definitely be used again and again until Ben is potty trained successfully. In the meantime, I'm already a very happy mummy seeing the mini milestones achieved by my boy within such a short span of time!

--Jenny Yuen, I'm a Full Time Mummy

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