3 out of 4 stars
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Potty training can be demanding and tasking for both parent and child. Therefore, turning it into a comical experience can make it a semi-enjoyable milestone. The author and illustrator, Rachael Tarfman-Perez, attempts to lighten that load in her book, 3 P's for Potty.
The story is about a mother teaching her little girl, Gia, about what belongs in the potty. Little Gia wants to figure it out by herself, without her mom's help. Now, the hunt begins for flushable versus non-flushable items. Can petunias go into the potty? Understandably, Gia's mother gets exhausted by the wrong answers.
This 30-page book contains vocabulary perfect for an easy-reader level. The plot is straight to the point and humorous. It is wonderfully set up for the intended audience to engage in role-playing or take turns to read-aloud. This type of participation is an important positive aspect. It brings positive reinforcement to a difficult task.
Nonetheless, my favorite part was the humor in Gia’s guess. I can’t imagine the answers children readers will think up. Also, the author’s directness in addressing the topic was refreshing (no pun intended here). It doesn’t matter how icky potty training can be.
The illustrations are full-page with the text on the opposite page. I liked the characters’ purple hair and eyebrows—it gave them a stylish look. Also, Gia’s body position is interesting and reminds me of Egyptian hieroglyphic art. Some texture is added to the images, such as the scrubby carpet. As a bonus, there is a coloring page of the main character, Gia, at the end of the book.
Sadly, this book is not without its limitations. Unfortunately, Gia only had three guesses which made the plot very brief. Her muses were funny enough to excite me for more; but, it did not happen. Another issue is the repeated use of an illustration; specifically, the image showing Gia running in the bathroom. In all fairness, this is a potty-training book.
Though the bold font was not my favorite aspect, anyone with difficulty reading small prints may appreciate it. As a note, I did not count it as a negative—it is simply a personal observation.
As a result, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book could benefit from another round of proofreading; the dialogue tags were awkward but workable. On the other hand, Tarfman-Perez created a lovable character, Gia. Her enthusiasm to learn about the potty made me chuckle; though, I wished for a lengthier story.
I recommend this story to caregivers who are potty training toddlers. I also recommend it as an education tool about which items not to put into the toilet.
3 P's for Potty
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