Of all the child-rearing challenges that parents face, toilet training is among the more formidable. That this task often carries with it issues relating to the parent's sense of cleanliness and privacy, in addition to the usual obstacles of the child's contrariness, irrational fears, and/or simple communication difficulties, doesn't make it any easier, as this book points out. Wolraich (director, Child Study Ctr., Univ. of Oklahoma Health Science Ctr.) tackles those issues and answers common questions and concerns associated with helping children negotiate this important milestone toward self-sufficiency. In addition, he addresses the vital questions of parents of children with special needs. An annotated bibliography of resources completes this frank and sensible guide. With more contemporary illustrations (though fewer in number) than Alison Mack's standard Toilet Learning: The Picture Book Technique for Children and Parents (1983), this is a strong addition for child development collections.-Kay Hogan Smith, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.