Apr 27, 2012

Book Review-Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

I received this book a few months ago from a friend when I mentioned to her that I wanted to introduce the concept of potty training to my then 18 month old son. He wasn't very interested in the potty, or the book, for that matter. Now, at 20 months old, he is used to seeing the potty around the house and he is getting interested in the book.

Once Upon a Potty is a book about a child who receives a big present from his grandmother.  He opens it and finds this strange thing inside. He goes through the motions of trying to determine what this thing is (maybe a flower pot or milk bowl for the cat).

He finally realizes that it is a potty for "making Wee-Wee and Poo-Poo into."

This book was originally written in 1975 for the author's own son who was potty training at the time. It is a bit dated in that the potty illustrations have not been updated. Of course the sound strip was added after the fact but the illustrations and text have not been changed.

In our current generation most parents, including myself, try to teach our children the anatomically correct  words for their body parts, so that is definitely a drawback to this book.

Also, if your children are literal about pictures, they may be a bit confused about their potty. The "potty" in this book is not a potty chair like we use today, but more of a pitcher with a handle.

Overall, the general concept of teaching your child about the purpose of a potty is there and my son enjoys pushing the buttons and hearing the sounds. Because he was already familiar with his potty, this book didn't do too much damage, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to a parent who is new to potty training or a child who has never seen a potty before.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can find it here.

What are your favorite books about potty training? Let me know in the comments.


  1. I LOVE books. I've loved them my entire life and am sharing that love with my toddler. I am proud to be your 2d follower. I'd love it if you'd follow me back at http://chatonsworld.blogspot.com. Good luck building your base!

    1. I HAD to follow you back. I have a feeling that with the potty story and having to get food to go on vacation, your daughter is going to keep me laughing!! I look forward to reading more.

  2. Hi Antonisha!!! I think I've seen this book, We have one that flushes and is really cute, my daughter likes to sit on the potty while reading and flushing her potty book lol! I have really fun pictures! She is 2! Anyways, I came to check out your blog from cyberconnect and think its great, ill definitely be back!!! ps. the book is called 'It's Potty Time (for girls)', by Smart Kids publishing. There is a boys one too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will definitely go check yours out. My son now is at the point that he understands the potty concept, he just uses it when he feels like it. That's the way we are going to keep it for now because he's not even 21 months yet. I don't want to pressure or rush him.


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