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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Poo Poo Fairy is a children’s book written by Mary Harper Dick and illustrated by Joseph Cowman. Paulina is a fairy who dreams of attending Helper’s Hollow Academy. Graduates of Helper’s Hollow go on to become distinguished fairies with very important jobs, such as lulling children to sleep at night or giving pocket money when a child loses a tooth. Paulina wants nothing more than to see a child’s face light up before they smile and laugh when she helps them with something important. On her first day at the academy, Paulina discovers she lacks the required skills to become a good Tooth Fairy, Sugar Plum Fairy, or even a Fairy Godmother. Whilst on a field trip, Paulina discovers a small child crying because he cannot figure out how to use the potty properly. Determined to see him smile, Paulina teaches the correct usage of a potty, even offering tricks and rewards when the little boy gets it right. Before long, the little boy is a potty training success story and affectionately calls Paulina his Poo Poo Fairy, making them both laugh. Paulina has found her calling and is celebrated at her school for being Paulina the Poo Poo Fairy – a title which makes her joyful.
This potty training book for young children is not only useful for adults in helping to toilet train their child, but also creates fun and laughter, lifting a young child’s hopes and making sure they do not feel like a failure if they get things wrong sometimes while practicing to use the potty. Showing that even Paulina herself is not great at some things, it teaches children that if you do not succeed in one skill, you keep trying until you find a skill that you not only can manage, but which brings you joy. I loved both the beautifully eye-catching, colorful illustrations and the skillful imagination shown by Mary Harper Dick in bringing such a wonderful story to life. The Poo Poo Fairy should be stocked in child-care centers and kindergartens as well as in any home with young children. I applaud this valuable educational tool at such an important time in a child's life.