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Once Upon a Potty: Boy

June 18, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Joshua is ready to learn about his new potty!

Once Upon a Potty, for Boys is based on the print title by Alona Frankel, published in 1975 in Hebrew in an edition she wrote for her son. It has been updated and translated, becoming a timeless classic for potty-training both genders. According to Wikipedia:

The book contains a story, told from the point of view of a mother of a toddler who tries to potty train. This toddler has a different name on different versions of the book (Joshua, Prudence, Naftaly, Ziona…). The story first describes that toddler’s body; He or she has hands to play with, legs to walk with…and in their buttocks they have “a hole to woo-woo from”. The rest of story tells about the child’s potty training process.

The digital version includes sing-along versions of the Potty Song. Like other omBooks by Oceanhouse Media, this app is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of the potty, diaper and images around the house), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch the potty and the word "potty" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. If the word is also present in the text on that page, it highlights as spoken, providing nice auditory/visual word-reinforcement for young learners.

The "potty" pictured looks like an old-fashioned chamber pot, but other than that, this is a modern classic perfect for a digital make-over. For early readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. Overall, this is a great title for young children learning toileting.

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Once Upon a Potty: Boy

June 18, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Alona Frankel

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5 +

English •

Length (pages):
24 Pages


Story Synopsis - Once Upon a Potty: Boy

If it's time to potty train, "Once Upon a Potty: Boy" (Girl edition also available), is your new best friend. For decades, Alona Frankel’s toilet learning classics have been helping parents and children conquer the developmental leap from diaper to potty. Narrated by his mother's voice, Joshua learns about different body parts and functions, and figures out what the potty is (and isn't) used for. This patient, loving and humorous Boy edition encourages children to learn through play and empowers parents and caregivers of all ages. Follow Joshua through his stages of discovery, and enjoy the many delightful hidden audio surprises throughout the story. Discover what millions of book and video lovers already know: "Once Upon a Potty" is "...one small step for mankind, but a giant one for your family."

Special features only available in this omBook include vibrant original artwork, picture/word association, text and song lyric highlighting, professional audio narration, fun sound effects, and a scene-by-scene original music score. Three reading modes include Read It Myself, Read To Me, and Auto Play. Plus, two fun new music modes, The Potty Song and Sing-Along, allow young children and their caregivers to sing the jazzy tune themselves or follow the recorded performers.

Companion "Once Upon a Potty: Girl" application is also available!

Recommended Ages: 1 - 4 [Source: iTunes Description]


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


The Potty Song, Sing Along, Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound on/off, PageGuide, Recording, Sound Effects On/Off, Interactivity On/Off, Alerts On/Off, Links (under parental gate): Web, AppStore, Facebook, Twitter, eMail

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Size: 24.06 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No



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