Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet: A Story About Trouble with Toilet Training

Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet: A Story About Trouble with Toilet Training

Book rating: 05 Hardback Liam Books

By (author) Jane Whelen Banks


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  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 180mm x 8mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184310900X
  • ISBN 13: 9781843109006
  • Sales rank: 7,473

Product description

"This is Liam. Every day Liam eats lots of good food. Each time Liam eats, his tummy gets fuller and fuller...and fuller...until Liam's tummy starts to stretch" Successful toilet training is a time of celebration for both parents and child. It marks the end of dirty diapers and a forward step in the development of a child. Fraught with both stress and triumph, the period of toilet training can take from days to months. For a typical child, learning to gain control over the body's internal stimuli can be at best challenging. For many children, however, these internal cues can be overwhelming and confusing, leading to both a frustrating and traumatic toileting experience. Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet illustrates the relationship between eating and excreting. It provides visual instructions on how to "relax and push". After much fanfare, Liam finally masters going 'poo' in the toilet, and both he and Mum bask in the glory of a job well done.

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Author information

Jane Whelen Banks was born and educated in Canada and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her family. She holds a masters degree in Health Studies and Advanced Practice Nursing, and is currently working with homeless mothers and children. She has three children of her own, Morgon, Jamie and Liam, all of whom present with their own set of joys and challenges. The Lovable Liam series was created for her youngest son, to help teach some of the social and verbal skills that so often eluded him.

Customer reviews

By Susan OLeary 12 May 2014 5

I ordered this in anticipation of potty training my son. When it arrived I thought it looked too boring and basic but I was wrong. It is very simple but that is the genius of it. No bells and whistles. It just explains what happens when you eat food, where it goes, how it makes your tummy feel and that when your tummy aches a bit that means it is time to sit on the toilet and try to do a poo. It seems so obvious but to a child the process and connection between it all isn't obvious so this really helps them to understand.

Neither of my kids ever had a problem with learning to poo on the toilet/potty immediately after reading this a few times and my daughter (2.5) still asks me to read it numerous times whenever she goes for a poo. She always shouts "Good job, Liam!" at the end of the book after he does his poo.

Also a friend of mine was having terrible trouble potty training her son and after weeks he was still refusing to poo in a toilet or potty. By chance I looked after him for a few hours one day and read him the book and he actually went into the toilet 5 minutes later and did his first poo on the toilet - my friend was amazed and thrilled! So this book is highly recommended!!!! You may think it looks too basic initially but that's what works with young kids learning how to poo!

By Rachael Blomeley 31 Jan 2013 5

Simple, easy to follow diaglogue for my 3 year old who has been "holding in his poo". He loved this book so much that we read it 5 times on the first night.

I highly recommend this for parents who want to reinforce toilet training in a positive, no stress, light by using a picture book.