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The Little Puddle (Pip and Posy) - Axel Scheffler

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Author: Axel Scheffler / 32 pages / Publisher: Nosy Crow / Released: April 1, 2011

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      10.07.2012 20:33
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      a great little book to help with your childs potty training

      I came across this book, after my mother in law bought it for my son when we were starting to potty train him. My son wasn't taking to potty training very easily and my mother in law thought this book might come in handy. It worked wonders.

      Pip and Posy The Little Puddle, is one of a few in the Pip and Posy series of books, by Axel Scheffler, published by Nosy Crow. This book was published in 2011. This book is a good size at 220mm squared. It is aimed at young children, from 2 +. It is a padded hardback and has quite thick paper pages. The pages are just the right thickness, so not to rip and are also thick enough for a young child to turn themselves.

      The story follows friends Pip (a rabbit) and Posy (a mouse). Pip comes to play at Posy's house, but they are having so much fun, that Pip forgets to use the potty and leaves a puddle on the floor. They have to stop playing, clean up and find Pip some of Posy's clothes to wear. They can then carry on playing, and the next time Pip needs to wee he remembers to use the potty.
      The back of the book states,
      'Pip and Posy are having such fun playing that Pip forgets he needs to wee. Soon there is a little puddle on the floor. Oh dear! Find out how the two friends overcome Pip's embarrassment in this gentle story about the trials and tribulations of potty training'
      The story is fairly short, and there is only one or two sentences per two pages/illustration, so the story holds a young childs attention.

      You may recognize the illustration style, as Axel Scheffler has illustrated lots of Julia Donaldson books including The Gruffalo. The illustrations in this book have lots of detail, and are bright and colourful. There are lots of little details that make the surroundings seem more real, and there are plenty of things children will be able to point out and relate to, wheter its a toy, piece of fruit, bath or the potty!!

      There is also a poster that comes with this book, that slips in the back of the book. The picture is from one of the illustrations taking straight from the book, where Pip and Posy are playing with a big train track.

      I found this book to be a little treasure, it really helped me with my son's potty training. It allowed me to tackle it in a more fun relaxed way. The poster was a nice idea, and became a constant reminder of the story for my son, seeing it up on the wall everyday. The book helped my son understand that it was ok to have accidents, and that they happpen to everyone, but that when you wet yourself although its ok, it spoils the fun. He learned that by having an accident it meant that like Pip and Posy he would have to stop playing as he would need to clean up, and get changed. However if he remembered to use the potty, its much quicker and less mess meaning he can go back to playing quicker. Although I did have some sucess with reward charts I felt this book helped me talk to my son in a different more positive way. I found with reward charts that he would get very upset and stressed out if he had had an accident and didn't receive a sticker. This book allowed me to talk to him about potty training without the upset, and I found this generally got a more positive reaction. I did however end up reading this book everyday sereval times a day. The book is also just a nice little story, for before or after potty training.

      The book has an RRP of £7.99, which although seems a little steep for a childs book, its well worth it. I have however seen it for less than £5 online.

      Overall a great little book to help with your childs potty training.

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