Prince and the Potty

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The prince will not use his potty, and the king and queen are quite perplexed! They are even more confused when they consult the Royal Wise Man, who tells them to get the prince a puppy. But the wisdom of his words becomes perfectly plain as the prince learns all about using a proper potty from his new pet.

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The prince will not use his potty, and the king and queen are quite perplexed! They are even more confused when they consult the Royal Wise Man, who tells them to get the prince a puppy. But the wisdom of his words becomes perfectly plain as the prince learns all about using a proper potty from his new pet.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
Parents, don't despair. This little tale provides the perfect solution to those potty training woes. The king and queen are at their wit's end because the young heir apparent refuses to use his potty. They worriedly envision the future mustachioed monarch on his throne clad in diapers. The Royal Wise Man advises getting the prince a puppy, and when the prince sees potty training from the puppy's point of view, he "gets it" and all live happily ever after. The charm of the book is in the delightfully whimsical illustrations. Richly colorful medieval details provide a wonderful setting. There is plenty of humor in the facial expressions, from the stubbornly independent toddler to the helplessly befuddled king and queen. Children will love the crowd of hopeful puppy candidates for the prince's attention. On the last page, a satisfied Wise Man peaks from behind a curtain at a happy prince holding his beloved puppy. Cleverly placed angles shift the focus from adult to child/puppy point of view. Certainly a light-hearted approach to a subject of great interest to the preschool set.
School Library Journal
PreS-A young prince insists that his potty "doesn't please" him, leading his poor parents to envision him as a diapered king. At the advice of the Royal Wise Man, they get the boy a puppy, and seeing how the animal learns to do its business on a cloth inspires the prince to use his potty after all. The book ends with a grand celebration of his accomplishment. Motoyama's colorful cartoon illustrations lend life to this shallow tale, but the facile solution is likely to frustrate parents and youngsters alike.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Boys had to wait 12 years, but their potty book has finally arrived, and it was well worth the wait. This time, Lewison uses the housebreaking of a puppy to draw a parallel to the Prince's own potty-training. When the Prince turns up his nose at his potty, his parents consult the Royal Wise Man. He proposes the unorthodox solution of getting the Prince a puppy. The Prince is closely involved in teaching the puppy to use his cloth rather than leave puddles throughout the castle. When he finally goes where a puppy should, the Queen and Prince cheer him. Needless to say, the Prince makes the connection and gets cheers of his own. The illustrator change will be a seamless transition for children familiar with both books-Motoyama's illustrations mirror Brown's, with brightly colored depictions of castle life and wide-eyed characters. A must for every library and toddler boy. (Picture book. 1-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878084
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/20/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 792,799
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Cheyette Lewison has written many books for children, including a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year, Going to Sleep on the Farm. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    Very Cute Story

    When we started potty training, we took our son to B&N and let him pick out a book. This was the one he decided it. We read it to him that night and he walked around with it for days after wards making us read it over and over again. It is a very cute story, that we all now know by heart. I wouldn't say that it helps with potty training, but now my son has someone to relate to. When he first started using the potty he would tell us that the went just like the prince did. I am not sure that you child is going to learn potty training from a book anyway, so why not just have another really cute story with very nice pictures. And this one starts 'once upon a time', which is pretty hard to find these days!

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