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Summary: Little brother needs to go to the bathroom, but he doesn't want to use his diaper. So he asks his big sister for help. She and her friends use a song to give him (and little girls, too) a step-by-step guide on what to do. This is a picture book that combines a story and song about toilet training. It comes with a CD
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: The book reminded our child of when s/he was "little." The CD got played a lot because s/he likes to dance. S/he wasn't interested in the book after the first time we read it.
Adult Reader Reaction: We like the concept of explaining the process through music, but it is about three years too late for us. Although billed for kids reaching 6, it will only be of value if they are not yet potty-trained. We were surprised to see the age listed as suitable for kids 8 years old.
Pros: This music book gives kids simple steps about learning good bathroom habits as they become big kids.
Cons: The medical fact sheet is helpful for parents, but is probably beyond the target audience.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The book is valuable if you are potty training, but will have little value after that. If you are in a Mom's group, you may want to buy a copy and share it.
Educational Themes: Music and pictures drive this book that help parents teach their kids to use the toilet. Although the vocabulary is suitable for 8-year-olds, the substance of the book is not one you would come back to as an "early reader book."