Potty Animals

Deep in the midst of potty training? Does your kid have most of the steps mastered but keep forgetting to lift the seat, flush the toilet, or wash his hands?

Potty Animals: What to Know When You’ve Gotta Go, by Hope Vestergaard and Valeria Petrone, is a new book from Sterling Press that is great to read in the end stages of potty training. It might be too confusing for a two-year-old new to the process, but it’s just perfect for those threes, fours, and fives who keep forgetting a step.

Potty Animals takes a lighthearted approach to potty training, introducing preschoolers to twelve well-meaning but forgetful preschool animals who know what to do, but have bad habits like forgetting to close the door, wipe, or zip. The animals are introduced in rhyme, praised for what they do well, and then the preschooler is led to identify what step they forgot. In big letters at the end of each two-page spread, the child learns to say, “Close the door, Farley!” and then, hopefully, they’ll remember to do that too.

We’ve been reading this book twice a day for a week, and I have to say, my kids love to read it — and I’m hoping that one day, they’ll remember to close the door too.

Disclosure: Sterling Press sent me this book and several others to review. I was not compensated for this post.

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