What to Expect When You Use the Potty by Heidi Murkoff, illus. by Laura Rader

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What to Expect When You Use the Potty by Heidi Murkoff, illus. by Laura Rader

Murkoff, Heidi. illus. by Laura Rader. What to Expect When You Use the Potty. Harper 2004, ISBN 978-0060538019 24 pp. $

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This cheerful and matter-of-fact book for preschoolers and their parents serves as an encouraging introduction to the mystery of potty-training. A comforting letter to parents sets the tone for the book. A friendly dog acts as a guide and narrator, offering hints, tips, and activities. The question and answer format is practical and effective. Much of the content will go over the head of two-year olds, but there are other ways than simply reading the text to share this book and generate of discussion of toilet training.

The illustrations are multicultural and non-threatening. The bright colors and fluffy dog have immense appeal, and the childlike font is a well-planned design element.

The book doesn’t address the fears of flushing, and a bibliography for parents who need more how-to information should have been provided. Not quite as effective as Once Upon a Potty, but could be used in conjunction with the classic.

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