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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
School Stories


Going Potty by Eoin Colfer
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 1999
ISBN 0-86278-602-9

Ed Cooper is a big boy now and has gone into first class. He has to use the “big boys” toilets now, but he can’t. He’s afraid of the big toilet. He’s also afraid that the big boys might come in because there isn’t a lock on the door.

Ed doesn’t like to talk about the toilet to anyone, but he writes a letter to his Gran outlining his worries. With the help of Gran’s extraordinary potty they find a solution to his problems.

Going Potty by Eoin Colfer

Going Potty deals with a young child’s fears and anxieties in school; fear of change, fear of being bullied or laughed at, and anxiety about new teachers. The story is from the Flyers series promoted by O’Brien Press as “the second step in reading.

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