Author : Jay Tucker
Illustrations: D.E. West
First of all, I must say I love the shiny, vibrant colours and lovely illustrations used on the cover of book. This is a definite plus if you’re trying to attract a toddler’s attention. Ferdinand Uses The Potty tells the story of Ferdinand The Frog, who suddenly awakens one night to find that his bed is wet. He is confused about the situation but fortunately, help is on hand. Ferdinand has a friend who had gone through the same experience and he encourages him to use the toilet. The big hurdle for Ferdinand was to overcome his fear of hearing the noise from the toilet flush. And this he ultimately did with much bravery.
Ferdinand Uses The Potty is a great book which encourages children to confront and overcome their fears about using the toilet. I like that the pictures are big and vivid and the amount of wordings are also just perfect for a toddler’s attention. The story is short, easy to understand and though not perfect, the rhyming prose used by the author Jay Tucker, added some fun when you’re reading to a toddler.
And here’s a peek at what our panel of reviewers had to say about Ferdinand Uses The Potty:
Contests and Giveaways – All in all, it is a story worth reading to kids. I liked it, and more importantly, my daughter liked it. Ferdinand faced and conquered one of his fears – a very important lesson for kids! It is available for purchase at bookstores and at Amazon.com. Be sure to check it out!
Connie’s View – The rhyming, adorable character, Ferdinand and the bright, cherry illustrations make this a book that your child will want you to read again and again. My daughter had major fears of potty training and I wish that I had this for her. Seeing a frog go through it with the help of a child is a creative move. I recommend this to parents who are in the throes of potty training of going to give it a start.
Happy Healthy Families – The story is humorous, gentle and fun. The dialogue between Ferdinand and his friend is written in a rhyming fashion, which made my boys enjoy the story even more. It will,I believe, help kids feel more reassured when it comes to their own thoughts and challenges with potty training.The only thing my 5 year old wondered about is whether or not Ferdinand continued to have any more “accidents” at night. Maybe we need a “Ferdinand Sequel??”
Quiverfull Family – Written in rhyming prose, Ferdinand is a bold, enthusiastic exploration of overcoming bed-wetting and the commonly held fear about using the potty that can arise after children understand the basic concepts of potty-training. Ferdinand and his young friend don’t attempt to explain the basics of going to the potty, or even describe the event in much detail -– they rather focus in on being afraid of the toilet, and to some extent on wetting the bed.
Moomette’s Magnificents – Put this delightful, humorous book on your list of “must reads” or as a gift for any mom-to-be, daughter, daughter-in-law, daycare provider, homeschooling mom or friend who will be going through the challenge of potty training in the future!
As They Grow Up – My son has been potty trained since he was 18 months old, but still has night time accidents. Deciding when and how to completely night potty train has been an issue that my husband and I are currently dealing with. Ferdinand The Frog Uses The Potty actually talks about one night when Ferdinand the Frog wakes up and realizes that he is all wet. The problem is, Ferdinand just can’t figure out why he is all wet. Luckily though he has a friend that explains to him to him what happened during the night and also there is nothing to be scared of when it comes to using the potty (Ferdinand the Frog was scared of the sound the toilet makes when it flushes). Finally at the end of the day Ferdinand realizes that using the potty isn’t so bad after all!
Rambling Moo – Generally, this book is a good start for those who wants to try to potty train their little kids. The story which is short and filled with colorful illustrations is perfect to hold a toddler’s short attention span.
Right Reads – Since the boy is toilet trained for the day, he can identify with the toilet, the word “pee pee” and having a tummy ache. However, the language used was slightly above his age level and also, the lack of descriptive words had him slightly puzzled…
Nevertheless, the storyline kept him hooked to the book from start to the end. For this, I think the author and illustator have down an excellent job.
Our Makiko – He loves the book so much -so much that after that first time, he asked for me to read it twice to him! And everytime, he never fails to laugh aloud on those parts I mentioned. And actually, the Ferdinand Uses the Potty book is on the table beside our bed as I type this post. So if my son’s reactions were bases to this review, then I would give a two-thumbs up for this book.