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"The classic books on a timeless subject -- for a new generation."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 Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training and have sold more than four million copies worldwide. These children's"The classic books on a timeless subject -- for a new generation."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 Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are the classic books on potty training and have sold more than four million copies worldwide. These children's books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family.Thanks to their timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty -- Boy and Once Upon a Potty -- Girl are being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. These two books, with their phenomenal staying power, target and meet the needs of an obviously perpetual market....

Title : Once Upon a Potty: Girl
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ISBN : 9781554072842
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Once Upon a Potty: Girl Reviews

  • A.
    2019-01-20 08:59

    I get that this is a potty-training "classic" but I'm really not okay with telling my daughter that she has a "wee-wee for pee-pee." I know she can't pronounce the word "urethra" right now, but I'm way more comfortable using the actual terms rather than the cutesy ones. The first person with the mom telling the story also felt strange because it didn't give the little girl very much agency within the story that's supposed to be about her.

  • Shianan
    2019-01-15 06:45

    My daughter loves to read this book when she's on the potty. We'll take turns. My husband or I start and that's usually when she goes potty. Then when we've finished reading it, she'll take the book and "read" back to us. We've read this book so many times that she's got it memorized.The only things that I don't like about this book is that it says "Wee-wee" and "Poo-poo." That may be fine for some families, but I don't like making cutesy of a body function. So when we read the book, we just say Pee and Poop instead. There's also a part in the book where the grammar, although correct, is really hard to read and understand even for an adult. Why make something harder to read and understand when a book is meant for a toddler? It's not about style. It's about a fun story for kids to read while learning to use the potty. This section of the book actually irritates me so much, that when I read, I skip it entirely.Aside from those two issues, it's a good book that does the job that it's meant to do: make going on the potty more fun than just sitting there and waiting for something to happen.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-06 08:02

    When Joss realized where the action in this book was headed, she had a tantrum, grabbed the book and threw it. I'm hoping we'll get there soon. :(

  • Sarahlynn Lester
    2019-01-18 08:58

    There are different versions of this classic tome, and I'll be talking about the one we have, the Girl version, complete with matching Prudence doll, her plastic potty, and an accompanying DVD.When Ellie was about 18 months old, she developed a great interest in the potty and her developmental therapist recommended this book. Ellie loved the book from our first read through, and still requests it regularly nearly 4 years later. She was, however, completely creeped out by the weird-looking Prudence doll for quite a while so we substituted a beanie Dora the Explorer on the plastic potty. She loved that, and the DVD was an even greater hit.But this is supposed to be a book review, right? Ellie immediately "got" this book, and wanted to keep it right next to her potty chair to read every time we were in the bathroom. Which, as you might imagine, was frequently. Her favorite part was the page where Prudence sat on the potty. "And sat and sat and sat and sat." 77 times. Even now, as a five-year-old, she's happy to sit on the toilet as long as it would take her to sound out the words "and sat" 77 times. I'm not kidding; I counted. 77. I've certainly had ample opportunity to do the math.Now Ellie has a little sister who just turned two and is very interested in all things potty-related, including this book. Fortunately, Ada prefers me to truncate the "and sat and sat and sat" page. She likes the next page more, where Prudence stands up and sees what's inside the potty. Both "Wee-Wee and Poo-Poo!"As we all know, a good picture book tells a story in both words and pictures, where the illustrations work as hard as the text to convey meaning. This book is no exception. It's just that I'm not quite clever enough to have figured out what Frankel was trying to illustrate with her drawing of "poo-poo."Ada gets the whole potty concept, in theory and in practice (if somewhat inconsistently). But she studies this one illustration with her head cocked to the side, then looks up at me. "Ice cream?" she says. Now that she draws (hah hah) this to my attention, I see that she does have a valid point. (Ah-hem) It's just that now whenever we read this book - a mere 2-3 times a day - I sort of want to vomit 2/3 of the way through.The whole time I've been writing this - and for entire months of the last few years - I've had the fabulous little jingle from the DVD stuck in my head.

  • Gail
    2019-01-02 03:41

    Cover all the basics, and I, her mother, enjoyed it.

  • Nicola
    2018-12-27 07:43

    Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.This was one of many. many picture books we got out from the library to do with toilet training. It was okay. I think Miss 3 might have liked it better if the graphics looked more like the kind of potty she recognises (rather than a chamber pot). The book didn't seem to interest her.

  • A Allen
    2019-01-02 08:54

    Children ask me to read this book again and again. For that reason, I will say it is an "okay" book, but I think there are better potty training books available. When I read this book aloud, I change several words. First, I exclude the "she is a girl" part because not everyone with a vagina is a girl. Speaking of which, I also call the body parts by their real names because it is important for the children to learn them. Lastly, I change "wee-wee" and "poo-poo" to simply "pee" and "poop" when I read it.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-27 04:05

    I got this book from the library because I was looking for books to read to my clients as we teach them toilet training. The language and visuals in this book are horrible. I would not recommend this to anyone teaching their child to toilet train.

  • Olivia Ruth
    2019-01-22 10:49

    Why can't we use real names for real body parts?

  • kim
    2019-01-12 06:03

    vintage throwback from my youth! love the classic illustrations, it is a smidge dated though, and a little long for a 17mo

  • Yasmine Yang
    2019-01-20 11:03

    Useful book for who have little baby.

  • Avonlea Rose
    2019-01-10 03:48

    There's little I like about this book. Using "baby-talk" instead of calling things by their correct names is the main turn-off for me, such as the book's way of saying "wee wee for pee pee." The anatomical incorrectness goes beyond this in suggesting that "wee wees" make pee and your bum hole makes poo. Of course, this is not true. Your urethra and anus help to eject urine and feces; but they do not create it. Your kidneys and intestines are rather more responsible. I also didn't care much for the rather dull illustrations either; and felt this book overall just had a very poor approach towards explaining its topic. I couldn't be bothered to read this to my daughter and know it would not hold her attention. I myself couldn't sit through all the "and sat and sats" there are.This one is definitely not worth the time.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-19 08:45

    Pretty popular potty training book. I like that there's a boy version and a girl version, so your child can relate to the child pictured. My older kids read this to my youngest the other day and they came up to me afterwards and said, "Mom, that book is weird." ha ha I think because it specifically talks about the body parts, which is kinda odd and uncomfortable, but I think it probably does help the little ones trying to understand what the heck is going on with their bodies and why they're supposed to sit on this weird thing to do it! Anyway, I don't know that it helps kids become potty trained, but it helps keep them entertained while they sit on the potty and helps mom and dad try to explain their bodily functions to them.

  • Meagan Martin
    2019-01-01 04:58

    This story is about a little girl named Prudence who gets a new potty and is learning how to use it. She doesn’t like it at first and she has a few accidents, but after she sits and sits and sits, she finally goes in the potty! This is the book my mother used with me when I was learning how to use the toilet and I loved it. I think it’s a great book to read with your toddler because it is basic yet very informational. I also loved how there was a note in the front of the book from the author encouraging parents to use their own words for “pee-pee” and “poo-poo” if they didn’t feel comfortable saying those words.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-12 08:41

    I had my doubts about this, as I was still hanging on to some sort of misguided notion that we wouldn't need any books or songs to get through this particular phase of my daughter's toddlerhood.Well, we've been struggling, and I took this book out from the library to see what would come of it. So far, it's had a positive effect. I feel silly having rejected using tools like this up until now, and I would recommend this or a similar book to parents who are also struggling with this with their kids.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-11 06:39

    I wasn't too keen on the terminology used in this book - but it's easy to substitute for terms that we actually use in our house - and we don't have a separate little potty like the girl in the book does. Other than that, though, I thought this was an excellent book for introducing the potty concept to a little kid. Some books out there are vague and elusive about what's actually happening when you use the toilet - this one is detailed enough for a toddler to understand, without being too technical or gross.

  • The Library Lady
    2018-12-27 05:04

    The ugliest, nastiest potty book ever written. What moronic parent would actually WANT to read this one to a kid. "Wee-Wee" and "Poo-Poo"? FEH!(And please don't tell me it trained your kid, or that the video did. Your kid trained because they were READY!)There are TONS of good potty books if you insist on reading them to your kids. But don't expect them to magically train your child--it ain't gonna happen. Better still, relax and stop obsessing over potty training. Is it going to get them into college someday?

  • Rhonda
    2019-01-04 03:49

    My husband and I bought this book for our daughter, adding to the collection of potty training books (Everyone Poops was purchased for our son). I guess we wanted something a little less cerebral this time around, regarding pooping, (see odd, overt angry criticism below!), so this book was just right. I really liked the role of the grandmother mother character in Once Upon a Potty! Everyone Poops was more an anthropological/zoological account of pooping -- a little dry. ;)

  • Lauren
    2018-12-31 06:04

    This is the quintessential potty book for girls - discusses body parts and a child's view on how to use the potty. My daughter can pretty much recite parts of the book while she sits on the potty, so it's totally relatable while trying to potty train. The companion dvd is outstanding too. I was told that this is the most checked out movie/book for potty training at our library and many patrons say it was the secret to success - I agree!

  • Erma Talamante
    2019-01-18 07:46

    Part of my attempt to encourage proper use of the "bathroom toybox" (better known as the potty). This is a sweet story told from the point of view of Prudence's mom about Prudence's potty training and use of the potty. Much of this story made me and my partner laugh out loud because these were events that we have already encountered. This will be a book we borrow from the library time and again before the big potty training step is over!

  • Shan
    2019-01-12 11:57

    I would give 5 stars but the book is wordy in the sense that the author keeps readdressing points that are not confusing to begin with, such as that the story is written as if Prudence's mother is telling it so when the word "I" shows up we don't need to be repeatedly told that "I" is Prudence's mother.

  • Megan
    2018-12-30 08:46

    Piper is fascinated by this book--a good sign since we are planning to start potty training soon. I think it is time for this book to have an update; the potty that Prudence gets looks an awful lot like an old pitcher to me. Makes me think of a chamber pot. I think most kids anymore get colorful, plastic potties from Walmart or Target.

  • Josiah
    2019-01-07 11:02

    I can see how this book might prove effective in its designated purpose. It might not have a lot of readability for most people beyond that, but books have the capacity to be surprising in the tenure of their appeal to individuals.

  • Jen
    2019-01-23 10:42

    Elouise thought the drawings of poo-poo were hilarious, and the potty training adventures of Prudence and Prudence's mother were enjoyed more by her than me. She especially enjoyed the view of Prudence's "little hole for making Poo-Poo." I hope you can sense my giant eye-roll.

  • Erin
    2018-12-30 11:56

    We got this book, along with a potty chair, for Christmas. It is a delightful little story about a girl who learns to use a potty, and our daughter enjoys listening to it. I would highly recommend it - and there is also a boy's version!

  • Alexis
    2018-12-31 09:03

    Sure this is a "classic," but it needs updating. Kids need to learn about their bodies and have agency over them. We should be teaching our children the names of their body parts, for starters, not that "pee-pee" comes from their "wee-wee."

  • Magdalena
    2019-01-06 04:57

    Książeczka za długa i zbyt monotonna jak na dodatek do pierwszego nocnika. Niechlubną wisienką na torcie jest polskie tłumaczenie "Nocnika nad nocnikami" dla dziewczynki - z określeniem żeńskich narządów płciowych jako "pipcia".

  • Troy
    2018-12-25 10:53

    A little too graphic and doesn't apply to my daughter's issue. She just can't hold it but she can go on the potty. Not my choice of a book to motivate and a little more in the illustrations than I like.

  • Rhonda
    2019-01-19 03:46

    This is a potty training classic, following Prudence as she learns to use the potty. I know some people love it, but I found it strange. The potty terms are weird. The actual potty doesn't look like one today. It has a lot of words and my daughter rarely made it through.

  • Pamela Hubbard
    2019-01-20 06:07

    I remember reading this book as a kid and apparently it still has a draw. My toddler loved this one, despite it's length and details, and wanted to read it over and over. I liked that it included "accidents" and focused on patience and not giving up.

  • Athena
    2018-12-25 03:41

    The words in this book are sort of dumb but it is funny when Prudence tries to use her baby toilet for all kinds of other things besides a toilet.

  • Jessica Thurlow
    2018-12-26 11:42

    I like that this book is visually accurate (well, closer than usual) but am frustrated it doesn’t have anatomical names for body parts.

  • Nadia
    2018-12-25 05:06

    I like the honesty of this book, but dislike strongly the use of 'cutesy' words for body parts and body waste.

  • Katie Casey
    2018-12-28 08:53

    A classic from my childhood now being shared with my little girl. hope it works! :-)

  • Alainee Calo
    2019-01-22 05:01

    Rating this 5 stars based on the memories involving me, my family, and this book! :D

  • Kristyn
    2019-01-23 11:04

    Too strange for me.

  • jacky
    2019-01-24 06:54

    We got a copy of this from a box a woman in my book club brought to share. Natalie loved it right away. Well, at least she liked the little girl. She made concerned faces about the parts of the body.

  • Kristyn
    2018-12-30 10:37

    This is a good book to help kids understand about "going" on the potty. My oldest loved it and had it memorized. It's nice because it shows that accidents happen, and that's ok.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-18 10:00

    My adult daughter was in the hospital and we had great fun together as I read this book to her as though she were still a little girl. And sat and sat and sat and sat.

  • Kim
    2019-01-22 08:57

    As a nanny, I have used this book more years than I can count as one of many tools to teach potty training. This is still one of the best books for teaching basics.

  • Maren Prestegaard
    2018-12-27 11:04

    Maren gives this 5 stars. I give it 2.I hate the potty terms in this book and wish the pictures were a bit more realistic. There has got to be a better way.

  • Mosley Allen
    2019-01-03 09:43

    My daughter likes the sounds the books makes but as far as the story I think it doesn't really grab her attention and I've seen better art work.

  • Dorothy
    2019-01-18 08:05

    I am currently reading this book, and I read it almost every day! Someday soon, maybe Lulu will get the point, and I won't have to read it anymore!

  • Katherine
    2019-01-14 11:47

    The pictures were great, realistic and comprehensive. Any 21-year-old should be able to become potty trained in no time.

  • Desiree
    2019-01-10 05:55

    Hmmm... it works for potty training!! I would give it five stars because of that, but the pictures really are a little awkward!