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Where Did I Come From?

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Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Carol Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1977)
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Petar X
The book purports to be a description of reproduction from childhood through sex to birth for the young ones. A typical excerpt (over a picture of a little boy looking at his teeny little willie), "The important thing to notice is that the man has something hanging between his legs that the woman doesn't have. All you boys have one And yours will grow bigger as you grow bigger..."

However the book really comes into it's own as a revenge book for parents you are friendly with so you go to the sam
Sep 30, 2010 smetchie rated it really liked it
I cannot believe this book is written by the same Peter Mayle who wrote A Year in Provence! HAHAHAHAA!

I like that this book exists. It's written for children and explains where babies come from in a very straightforward way. The illustrations are wonderful, cute and really funny. The whole book is hilariously informative, actually. But I think it explains the sex part a bit too well. Of course, that's the parent talking. That's not at all what I thought when I read it as a kid. When I read it a
Mar 26, 2011 Crystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I bought this because it was recommended by some neighbors and also by authors Ken and Linda Eyre (whose wisdom and parenting advice I find very helpful) but this book is not for us and our children at this time. There are parts that are probably fine to teach children about how babies grow, etc. but the parts specifically related to sex and what function genitalia plays in that doesn't fit with how I envision teaching my children about sex. Something about the way it's worded just feels weird a ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Charlie rated it really liked it
This was the book my parents bought me when I was a kid (5ish, maybe younger) . . . it was really good. It's simple enough that a questioning child can understand the mechanics and avoid myths.

I have NO idea what the fuss with the naked people is about. They're drawn completely unsexually, to illustrate the human body.

And yes, it does mention what sex 'feels like', but that is an INEVITABLE question kids will ask. They'll want to know WHY people have sex, and if you don't tell them, they will w
Apr 12, 2013 Katsumi rated it really liked it
This book is definitely developed with the child in mind. It is easy to read, it provides humor, and definitely gets the point across on a subject which can often be difficult to approach.
I notice that some reviewers worry that the book provides children with too much information or is too graphic. I find that the book would be incomplete if some of the information or the pictures were omitted.

As a child, I found myself really studying the pictures, cartoon images that are presented very taste
Jul 01, 2016 Miri rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book made me laugh out loud more than once. It's another pretty explicit one, but the more I read them (and find myself cringing) the more I think, you know what? It's not that weird to tell kids about sex. We've made it weird because we're an incredibly repressed society, but good grief, it's a bodily function and it's something everyone does and it's how the human race even exists. It just doesn't need to be that big a deal, and if you talk to kids about it as though it isn't, I bet it wo ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Emtiaj marked it as did-not-finish





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Jindejak (elsewhere? how?)
Dec 17, 2013 Jindejak (elsewhere? how?) rated it it was amazing
This book was read to me when I was 4, 5 - at some point I became the reader. I loved this book, my sibs, nieces, & nephews are fans too. My son had it read to him. Showing people not model perfect and parts that the children have already seen and are curious about anyway in a simple straight forward manner is a good thing. Curiosity strikes at an early age and the why does her/his pee pee look different question is at least floating around. A great book for all IMO.
Dec 31, 2009 Christen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seriously can't believe this book was on the shelf. It's flat out breath-taking, some of the information and pictures you're going to find in this book. A must read. Seriously. And yes, it IS the african-american edition. BOOYAH!
I don't know if I'm mature enough to have this conversation. I read this book in preparation for THE TALK.

My first reaction on opening this book was to close it. Holy naked cartoon people. They are chubby and unattractive cartoon people, but they're naked and on every stinking page. And they're anatomically correct. It was a bit much for me.

I finally opened it again and read the text. And closed it. Then opened it again and re-read it. It's good that proper names are used, but I'm not sure I wa
Jan 07, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book to help you with your first talk to teach your kids about sex. I used this along with another great resource at In our family we have the 'big talk' sometime around when our kids turn 8, and then have talks every year after that. (or whenever they need to) I believe that if children trust their parents and feel comfortable talking to them about sexual matters, they will be armed to deal with what they encounter from the rest of the world with confiden ...more
I had this book in hardback when my kids were young. My older child had more experience with the whole idea. I was pregnant when he was 3. He carried that book around a lot. It had a plump cartoonish couple throughout the book. There is a picture (not graphic) of them under the covers with hearts floating up. My son used to say "that is my favorite picture, the one with all of the love feelings"

Very non threatening, non graphic for the modest or squeamish of you. An orgasmism is compared to a sn
Jul 14, 2016 Lanie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Parents
Shelves: kids, picture-books
Found this in a used store & hilarity followed.

I know. It's supposed to be informative. And it is. But mostly, it'd fucking hilarious. Lol. See what I did there?

it's does a decent Job of explaining sex & birth to a child, but it only covers the natural birth. & the drawings of naked people are so funny, it was actually kinda distracting. & the way it trys to describe how it feels? Also super funny.

Plus, it really only covers the tip of the iceberg on all the things you'll have t
Lisa E.
May 25, 2014 Lisa E. rated it it was amazing
This was the book I checked out from my local library when I was 6 years old and trying to figure out what was going on with my mother's belly...where did my LITTLE BROTHER come from? And then I shared it with my own children when they started asking questions too. Amusing and educational, with child friendly drawings, it is a gem.

It explains the biological aspects of how sex works, and how conception occurs. The cellular level details are charming - smiling sperm, anyone? And I like that it us
My boys are ages 4 and 6 and we've been having a lot of discussions about sex lately, especially since I'm expecting another baby. I didn't really think I needed a book but thought that pictures might be helpful, so I decided to check out a few books that have high recommendations. I'm really not a fan.

Page after page show fully nude men and women, usually just standing but also in a bathtub and in bed. I don't think picturing other people in the act is appropriate for kids or adults, even if th
May 13, 2011 Alisa rated it really liked it
We have "the talk" with our kids when they turn eight. Since that momentous birthday just came for our twins we got to rediscover this little treasure :) This has great illustrations that really get down to the details in a very appropriate way. I recommend you read "How to Talk to Children About Sex" by Linda and Richard Eyer first and then use this book to help you with "the talk." (thank you Sarah for that recommendation years ago!) Three very successful discussions down, two to go!
DeeDee Merrill
Jul 11, 2016 DeeDee Merrill rated it really liked it
If you are looking for an easy way to discuss where babies come from with your child, well, there isn't one. But, this book does make it a lot easier.

I've always been very honest with my children, so when the questions came about I searched for a good way to give them the most honest and straight forward answers without either of us feeling too awkward. This book does the job. At least as much as possible when talking about this subject.

It explains body parts, differences, and gives proper name
Apr 06, 2011 Jenalyn rated it liked it
Good book to explain things in a nonsensical way. I paper-clipped some of the middle pages together and we skipped over those. The cartoon pictures are funny, but respectful. I'll probably use it for my other children as well.
Feb 05, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
I would highly recommend this book for when you are ready to talk about the birds and the bees with your youngster. We just had the talk with my 8 year old and it went very well because of this awesome book!
Aug 05, 2011 Rm added it
How I learned about sex. =) My mom showed me the video when I was 4 or 5. I love the sperm in the top hat!
May 03, 2012 Thoraiya rated it really liked it
Really,a book published in 1973 is still the best book out there for explaining this to little kids?

Kim Hufford
Jan 07, 2015 Kim Hufford rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, banned
I'm honestly not sure how to rate this. I'm not the least bit surprised this was banned. Wow.
Jun 05, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
This is where I learned about sex and was my only source of info until Haley's family got HBO.
Jan 19, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: children
A great book to start the sex talk with younger children. I read this when I was about 6-7 and throughout the rest of my life, I was more knowledgeable and mature about sex and different sex organs than other children. It helped me to not be one of those kids kept in the dark. The illustrations are a bit graphic as well as some of the text, but you will be red-faced before the end of the book many times.
Oct 25, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
If you need a great simple book about sex/where babies come from, this is a great book! It explains it all in simple but correct language, is respectful about the process. Read it first, to gage what age level you want to read it to. It goes into the WHOLE process, so if you have a young child who just has basic questions, this will be too much. I even let my older boys read it (who we have already talked to about sex) and I think it cleared up some of the questions they were afraid to ask. It o ...more
May 30, 2012 Janene rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-book
Heard about this as a recommendation from the Eyres on a good jumping off place for the TALK with your kids. I've loved lots of their parenting advice and books, so I was expecting just the book I would want. Ummmmm. Not even close. I returned it to the library the very next day. There must be a better way to talk to my children about sex without a picture book with alarming naked cartoon parents. And not just on one page. I am hoping for open conversations and want to be ready when my child has ...more
Ellen Allerton
Nov 09, 2014 Ellen Allerton rated it it was amazing
Excellent book to help you explain the "facts of life" to your children. You will need to read this book before you read it with your child. It does explain everything, and answers almost every question you could get in an honest factual and kid friendly way. Lots of humor and honesty. Very well done.
Oct 30, 2008 Liane rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-library
Genre: Factual non-fiction picture book

Reading Level: Transitional

Topics & Themes: Gives a very straightforward description of sex and pregnancy.

Curricular Use: Not recommended for classroom use. Suggest for parents to confront the topic

Social: How sex happens and who between: mom and dad.

Text & Pictures: Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures are graphic and extremely detailed. If give this book to a child be prepared to face questions and embarrassment.

Additional Notes: I am on the
Alicia Thomas-Woolf
Speaking of children's books, my parents did me the very great favour of ensuring that I knew the facts of life at an early age. This book is a superb introduction, and the knowledge contained therein saved me from great misery later in life.
Hmm ... I am just not sure what to think of this book. It is the book that the "How to talk to your kids about sex" book recommends reading with your kids (at age 8) for the actual details of the "big talk." The information is straight forward and completely factual, of course, but the illustrations are a little too much, and cartoonish, which makes everything seem a little ridiculous (like the sperm with top hats - do we need to confuse kids even more?)
I can't decide if I'll actually read this
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Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939 in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, A Year in Provence was published and became an international bestseller. His books have be ...more
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