5th May '17
Bobby is now coming up to two years old and is at the stage where we are starting his potty training journey. That being said, this book has been invaluable in helping us to make real progress with this process. I read the book to Bobby as he is too young to read yet, however he absolutely loves the story, he is already aware of the tale of the Three Bears which this book models itself on, so this being based loosely on a story he knows well, as well as a character he knows, Goldilocks, definitely made him more interested and invested in this book from the get-go.
The book is absolutely beautiful, the illustrations are wonderfully gorgeous and there is lots going on on every page so there is plenty to look at and talk about with your child. Bobby and I loved looking through the books pictures and discussing what else was happening - we counted animals and picked out shapes for example. The book is quick and easy to read, there are not a lot of words, but I particularly love how the author and illustrator use different fonts, as it keeps things interesting and adds to the lovely imagery in the book.
Even though the main character is a girl, Bobby still enjoyed the story and I feel that he still managed to relate to her, partly because as I mentioned, he knows of her character, but also because he can identify similarities in their journey of learning how to use the potty. The book is funny in parts, it is useful resource and tool in the potty training journey and I feel the fact that it is based on a well known fairy tale and character makes it more enjoyable for children - they can join in with the 'too small, too big and just right' wording that is taken and adapted from the traditional Goldilocks story. This was something Bobby really enjoyed and it made the book more interactive and immersive for him. The book made excellent use of colour and is bright, engaging and a work of art.
All in all, this book is the perfect resource for any parent currently taking their child through the tricky stage of potty training, it allows children to relate to the character, to learn and to see the benefits of no longer wearing a nappy. It allows for discussion between you and your child which is wonderful and it has really helped us in our personal journey!