Lexile Measure: AD 310L (What's this?)
Series: Hello Genius
Board book: 20 pages
Publisher: Picture Window Books (February 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #99,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #61 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Toilet Training #101 in Books > Children's Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl
Age Range: 2 - 4 years
Grade Level: 1 - 2
I really like the mIchael Dahl series of books for my toddler. He learned many words from these books (penguin says please, bear says thank you, hippo says excuse me), but this book is inappropriate and not helpful for learning. The duck misses the potty a lot and goes pee and poop on the floor, which is not realistic and I'm afraid it teaches that we are supposed to miss the potty and say uh oh. I stopped reading it to my kid.
This set us back months in our potty training. My daughter saw the duck pee on the floor and now that's all she will do. It doesn't matter that he gets it in the potty at the end, after we read that book she won't even sit on the potty. She even said 'Can I pee pee on the floor like the duck?" I said no but of course she does it anyway.
I have several Hello Genius books by Michael Dahl so I thought this would be another wonderful addition to my collection. The pictures are beautifully illustrated and board book part is nice. However the story stinks! Why does the duck have to miss the potty? Seriously I don't want my kid thinking that is acceptable or funny.In my opinion skip this one!
Any book that my kid loves and that I don't get sick of reading is good for me. Dahl does a great job on all of his books. This one is short and sweet. And my kid loves to see the rouge poop on one of the pages.
This book is cute. I had no idea what to expect when I ordered it. I think it would pair well if you were using a little kid potty and your child was having trouble with accidents. It doesn't really help with learning the basics of potty training but it is cute and helps you stay on task while using the potty. I'd get it again I love the illustrations!
I LOVE several of the other books by this author in this series (Pony, Tiger) but this one has too negative of a feel to it. Might be more appropriate for an older child when the parent is fed up and means business about potty training but not appropriate for a little one first expressing interest in toilet training.
My son totally loves this book, he thinks it's hilarious. They do joke about missing the toilet and peeing on the floor, just FYI in case you want only serious potty learning material. (But maybe we are just too silly when we read it...) It begins with "no more diapers duck" and ends with him successfully peeing like a "big duck now". Cute story, we like it.
Cute illustrations, and this is not a knock on the book per se, but a caveat (especially for those who do Elimination Communication).I thought it might be good for my EC'ed toddler (17 months at the time), because it didn't seem to have that running "big kid"/"I did everything potty-related all by myself" theme that most have (obviously at 17 months you have to help with clothes, hand washing, etc.) Unfortunately almost the entire book is about Duck MISSING the potty, though, and while I that might help a kid who is struggling with shame over accidents, I felt like it would only put ideas in my daughter's head, since she has known since birth that pee/poop goes in the potty (she just "misses" by going in her training pants once a week or whatever-- but peeing near the potty instead of in it is not an issue).I'd just rather a book focus on what TO do instead of what NOT to do. Our favorite and still champion is Potty by Leslie Patricelli.
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