Article published in:Emergent Literacy: Children's books from 0 to 3
Edited by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
[Studies in Written Language and Literacy 13] 2011
► pp. 175–190
10. Linking behavioral training and scientific thinking
Toilet training picturebooks in Japan
This study demonstrates the continuity between Japanese picturebooks about toilet training for very young children (0-3) and the use of subjects related to toilet training and bodily functions to introduce scientific concepts and ways of thinking about the body and the world to readers of elementary-school age. The authors suggest that knowledge about bodily functions may be used to increase control over those functions in an effort to encourage uniform behavior in young children.
Published online: 26 October 2011