Jenny's 2009 Picks
No More Diapers for Ducky!
by Bernette Ford, illus. by Sam Williams
Peer modeling may well be the best way to inspire kids to learn – even for toddlers. In this delightful board book, one of the best I’ve seen on the topic of potty training, Ducky’s wish to be like Piggy helps her give up diapers for good. “Come out, Piggy,” Ducky says. “Come out and play with me.” Ducky, outlined in bold black strokes, with a gentle golden watercolor wash, looks fuzzy enough to touch. Even her diapers look soft and cottony (and, on the cover, toddlers can touch the cloth diapers). On the next double-page spread, youngsters see only Piggy’s back side (plus his curly tail). He sits on a comfortable-looking blue seat, looking at a book. “Piggy is busy. ‘I can’t come out now,’ he calls. ‘I am sitting on the potty!’” While she waits, Ducky plays with Piggy’s toys and books. She also becomes very aware of her diaper: “It feels cold. It feels wet.” She takes off her diaper and tells Piggy she wants to use the bathroom. “You wear diapers!” he calls through the door. “Not anymore…. No more diapers for Ducky!” she says. The closing scene shows Ducky taking her turn on the blue potty seat (also looking at a book). The simple, clear illustrations model the steps of potty training, while the text gives youngest children the language to state their needs. With gentle humor and encouragement, one friend helps another become liberated from diapers.