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'Where Did I Come From?': The Facts of Life Without Any Nonsense and With Illustrations

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  852 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Covers the basic facts from love-making, orgasm, conception and growth inside the womb, through to the actual birth day. This book names all the names and shows all the important parts of the body.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Carol Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1977)
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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
Mar 26, 2011 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
Sep 30, 2010 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
Jul 31, 2012 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 11, 2013 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
Oct 18, 2012 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
Kay Baird
May 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago when I bought this book for my daughters, I was so proud of myself. Now I realize that although it has a happy, positive attitude toward sex, it also perpetrates oppressive expectations like male initiation of sexplay, female frigidity, and the superiority of the missionary position. See "Sex, Sex Education and the Paradoxes of Liberalism," by Kathryn Pauly Morgan. ...more
Jindejak (elsewhere? how?)
Dec 17, 2013 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 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!
Sep 20, 2019 added it
My eldest two are now 9 and 8 years old. They heard something funny on the bus this week and want to talk about it.

Excuse me while I go have the most awkward book club discussion of my entire life.
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
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really,a book published in 1973 is still the best book out there for explaining this to little kids?

Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strong message, great ending.
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
Radiolab asked listeners for their sex ed recommendations.

Erica, a Radiolab listener, says this book was a "gateway to understanding... when I was about 10 I think. Just this winter I bought new copies of each [Peter Mayle] book and gave them to my 9 year old son. Even though I have a PhD in Human Development and taught Human Sexuality as a graduate student at Virginia Tech, I wanted tools that I knew I could rely on to help me explain to my boys how we grow and change and begin to feel attract
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never understood the argument for keeping the"facts of life" from children until a certain age and making such a drama of it. I bought this book before my children were born on the recommendation of my aunt who was a health visitor. Started reading it to my eldest when she was about three years old as a bedtime story but would often find her pulling it off the bookshelf and turning to the drawings of the baby developing which fascinated her. They all grew up gradually understanding more o ...more
Jan 07, 2010 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
May 13, 2011 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!
Apr 06, 2011 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 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!
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read it to my 5 year old today. He was quite impressed with the technicalities of making a baby but the description of a one month old baby in the womb being about the size of a tooth blew him away: "oh my god, wait 'til i tell dad, dad...".
Aug 05, 2011 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!
Kim Grandizio
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: banned, children-s
I'm honestly not sure how to rate this. I'm not the least bit surprised this was banned. Wow.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, health
I got this for my kids to read and my young daughter found it hilarious. She was probably 9 years old and loved it.
Jun 05, 2008 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.
Cassandra Gelvin
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
California. You came from California.

It's okay. I wouldn't say there's any misinformation in this book. This is actually the book I remember being given by my parents when I was in 3rd grade or so. It's not bad. I don't care for the unrealistic illustrations, although that might be part of the attraction for some people. The book is about babies and just talking about sex to children. It starts out with some superfluous stuff about why the book was written (taking up a few of the precious 43 pag
Jun 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Looked over as a possibility for sharing with the kids, if/when deeper questions come up about baby. (Found suggestion from ProtestYoungMinds page.) NOT what we're looking for with their ages, and possibly not for quite some time. Some things were really good information and I liked much better in presentation and explanation than other books I've been reading. But some I think completely unnecessary--especially in the way they tried to describe it and in some of those illustrations. I found mys ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, health
My rating is a difficult one. I like how this book keeps things simple, but still answers some basic questions children have. My children enjy this bok and will go through spells of asking for it multiple days in a row for bedtime.

What I don't like is that it uses a few similes and comparisons that children don't really understand. Relating an orgasm to a sneeze, or the pleasure of sex like being tickled (with a picture of someone laughing while being tickled with a feather), for instance. My c
I feel like I need a copy of this book on my shelves! The descriptions coupled with the illustrations makes this a timeless classic in my book. Is it a bit outdated for the present time? Yes, but at the same time, it's a pretty honest depiction of how the whole baby making thing works. Well, mostly, sort of, kind of, especially when considering the time period it was written in. The copy I read was a 1999 edition, so I'm not sure if it was updated from the original 1977 edition but boy would it ...more
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Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939, in Brighton) was 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 ...more

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