Don’t Pooh-Pooh This!

My idea of luxury is having a nice clean bathroom readily available when I’m in need of one. This has not always been the case for me. Take our faculty bathroom. It’s in the janitor’s closet! It’s not what I consider the most welcoming facility, but I think it wins the prize for the most innovative use of space. The good thing is you never need to worry about lack of toilet paper or cleaning materials.  I’d say my school is on the cutting edge when it comes to finding space for “the necessary” things. Don’t forget, the school library used to be the girl’s bathroom!

During my travels, I’ve found bathroom facilities come in many shapes and sizes and can be very creative. There are toilets with pull chains, push buttons, handles, and those that magically flush – sometimes sooner than you want them to. There are primitive outhouses and toilets that have a hole in the floor with special footprints on either side to place your feet. It’s a type of squat and go, if you please. There are more luxurious ones that literally look like a throne and those that have cushy seats.  There are even some bathrooms that seem to have two toilets. Warning:  Don’t confuse a bidet for a toilet!

And what about the variety of names assigned to bathrooms? They’ve been called water closets, lavatories, restrooms, powder rooms, facilities, washrooms, and just plain toilets. Oh, yes, they’ve also been called the john, the privy, the can, and many other slang names. Choose your own term. No matter what they’re called, there’s no room to rest when you need a restroom!

I’m flush with excitement to share these titles with you.

Picture Books:

On Top of the Potty:  And Other Get-Up-and-Go Songs by Alan Katz (Margaret K. McElderry, 2008), Who’s in the Bathroom? by Jeanne Willis (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007), I Have to Go! by Robert N. Munsch (Annick Press, 1989),

Nonfiction Books:

Blasts of Gas: The Secrets of Breathing, Burping, and Passing Gas by Melissa Stewart (Benchmark Books, 2009).  The Truth About Poop by Susan E. Goodman (Puffin, 2007), Gee Whiz! It’s all about Pee by Susan E. Goodman (Viking Juvenile, 2006)

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