The Poo Poo Fairy

The Poo Poo Fairy

The Fun and Magical Way to Potty Train Your Child

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/11/2016
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Author Biography

Mary is the mother of three children and currently lives in Missouri, although her location changes frequently while her husband serves as a pharmacist in the US Air Force. Mary grew up in Utah and received her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Brigham Young University. She loves being a mom and considers it her most important role.

Paulina, the Poo Poo Fairy, first made an appearance at Mary's house many years ago after Mary had embarked on her very first potty-training adventure with her oldest daughter, Jane. With all of the books she read on the subject along with her prior experience with children through her schooling and work as a teacher, Mary felt thoroughly prepared to begin. To her dismay, her first attempt was a DISMAL failure, and Mary ended up having to put Jane back in diapers until she could figure out a way to make potty training a better experience.

For the next attempt, Mary dreamed up Paulina, a magical fairy who would watch over Jane and reward her when she tried hard and give prizes when she succeeded. With just this little bit of magic, the whole process became much more fun, and Jane had great success. Since then, Mary has been awed time and again by the magic of the Poo Poo Fairy.

    Book Review

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.