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Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth.

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February 3, 2018

Problematic
My 7-year-old daughter had some questions about bodies and babies, so I bought this book based on it's excellent reviews. I read it alone to review the content, and ultimately decided not too read it to my daughter. I ultimately ended up using her copy of "National Geographic Kids Ultimate Body-Pedia" to show her diagrams of the reproductive system and explained the basics using those (and sonogram pictures from when I was pregnant for her to talk about pregnancy).

"Where Did I Come From" is very cleverly written, and I love it's description of conception and pregnancy. The description of sex was too graphic and lovey-dovey for what I thought was a good explanation for a seven-year-old with divorced parents. It goes into several pages of descriptions of kissing, thrusting, erections, the male orgasm, and ultimately makes sex sound like a very male-centric act (and always, curiously, in missionary position).

On the bright side, it did let me collect MY thoughts and gave me the confidence to explain things to my kid with the level of detail and context that I felt was appropriate. Yes, it was an awkward conversation, but there were lots of laughs and good questions. We focused more on "this is what happens when an egg and sperm get together and this is actually how it got there" and a discussion about making healthy choices and less on schmoopy descriptions of "what happens when mommies and daddies really love each other".

So my recommendation (if you are like me)? Just listen to your kids questions and answer them. Get the Ultimate Body-Pedia or a similar atlas for kids. Pull out some sonograms. If you really feel like the discussion needs more audio-visuals, pull up some nature videos. Talk about experiences with pregnancy and a few memories on the day your kid was born. Just remember, it can, and should be, an evolving conversation. My kid doesn't need overwhelming detail in one go. She needs someone to listen and to provide good information as she grows.
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Aug 29, 2015

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 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 same social occasions but they won't control their kids and they always end up being bratty. You just sort of leave it around for the 6/7 year olds to read for themselves.




Peter Mayle describes sex as being like a long, lovely tickle and an orgasm like a sneeze with lots of sticky stuff. You think the kids would let that go or will start asking questions and perhaps even wanting one of their own :-)

It's great fun to watch customers in the shop pick the book up and realise that rather than answering questions in a very non-confrontational way, this book is going to require major interaction. They mostly put the book back. If they are with children at the time, they always put the book on a higher shelf than the child can reach!

Read years ago. If I haven't remembered it correctly perhaps it's that my own sex education is lacking.

This book comes in two editions, one with black people and one with white. I don't know why the author couldn't just have had one black and one white parent and made life a lot easier for booksellers. It's not as if the book's pc in any other way. ...more
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July 9, 2016

Disappointed with the content
I got this book as a companion book to "How to talk to your child about sex" as they recommend. Mostly I felt the book was appropriate for age 8+ which is what I was hoping for- a book that explains how a baby is made. However, it spends 3 pages describing what sex feels like and it goes into great detail describing an orgasm. Personally I felt that was very unnecessary to include that for the "big talk". I don't think an 8 year old needs that info.
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Mar 26, 2011

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 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 and doesn't sit well with me or my husband.

I read some reviews that criticized this book as being written from the mans point of view and I agree. The part that says, "The man wants to get as close as he can to the woman..." so he goes and does what he does to her. I want my children to see sex as a mutual thing and not as something that one party really wants and the other has done to them. It makes no mention of how the woman feels about any of this, but mentions the man and what he wants a few times. I also don't think children need to have it described in 3 or 4 different ways how sex feels and what it compares to. A straight forward picture or two of the anatomy would be fine, but the full frontal naked people are on every page, sometimes several times. Then they are in the act, in bed. Then there are sperm with top hats on. Ummm? Anyway, I haven't yet found a book for children that explains the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of sex the I'd like it to. I don't want to mess this conversation up. The search goes on. Man, being a parent is hard sometimes!! ...more
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September 7, 2015

I was overall very disappointed. The pictures are overly cartoonish for my liking ...
I'm a nurse and pregnant with our family's third baby and was looking for a book to share with our five year old son about where babies come from so I purchased this book. I was hoping it would be simple, extremely factual yet not overly explicit, and would use correct anatomic terms and explanations. I was overall very disappointed. The pictures are overly cartoonish for my liking (they look more like Homer Simpson than actual people). There are derogatory terms used when explaining breasts, and a silly description of orgasm (I quite frankly don't think that orgasm specifically needs to even be included in a book made for young children like this, but even if you want that included the description in this book is just plain stupid). I can't believe "Where did I come from?" is managing to still be published when there are so many other options out there. A family member ended up giving me the book "It's So Amazing" and it was about a million times better than this book.
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Sep 30, 2010

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 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 as a kid I thought: "JACKPOT! This shit amazing! Wait til I show this book to every kid I know!" I distinctly remember reading it on the front lawn with a crowd of awe-struck neighborhood children. I still have my copy, inscribed to baby-me in 1974, and I'm sure when my kids start asking questions I'll pull it out.

But I think I'm going to skip the chapter on "friction." ...more
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November 11, 2017

Perfect
8-year-old was red-faced enough that I knew he understood, but not embarrassed enough that he didn't want to talk about it.
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May 2, 2017

Poor printing quality.
Some of the printing didn't show up on the pages.
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December 28, 2018

Excellent resource to read WITH your kid! Covers intercourse to birth in a kid-friendly way.
I love this book. It opened the door to an easier-than-I-thought-it'd-be conversation for my husband and I to have with our two daughters. For us, the conversations that have stemmed from this book have ranged from puberty and our changing bodies, to pornography (good pictures, bad pictures), to inappropriate touching/looking, to showing affection in a loving relationship.

A friend recommended this to me as I was struggling with a very curious 3rd grade daughter and an extremely modest 5th grade daughter. The two of them knew some general information already, it takes a man and a woman and they need to be naked, but I didn't know how to explain more of the details of intercourse in a way they would understand but wouldn't shock them either. I felt like my girls were ready (and needed) to know.

My husband and I read it together with our daughters and it created an important level of confidence and comfort and trust in our relationship and for this topic. It opened the door to NOT EMBARRASSING conversations and further questions my girls had. I think this is an excellent resource to begin the conversation of sex and understanding that intercourse is for a loving relationship and for creating life.

This book explains intercourse in a kid-friendly, yet still accurate way...from an erect penis entering the vagina to ejaculation...then onto fertilization and progression of a fetus to birth. **I especially liked the explanation that when two people love each other they want to be as close to one another as possible, and the man's penis in the woman's vagina is as close as you can be.**
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October 27, 2018

... opened the book to a picture and was immediately disgusted. This is not something I would ever want ...
I was going to give my 10 year old daughter the birds and the bees talk and I opened the book to a picture and was immediately disgusted. This is not something I would ever want my daughter to envision that kind of initimate stuff to look like.
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July 9, 2017

Exactly what's needed to explain to kids ages 5+.
Answers the questions! And, it goes beyond sex into baby development. It recognizes that the parent isn't necessarily comfortable having the conversation, too!

Our kids were 5 & 6 when we read this to them. Both found it enlightening without being weird or uncomfortable. We bring this out for an introductory reading or two, then it gets hidden away until there are future questions.
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December 28, 2016

Where Did I Come From-Greatest Parents Aid
I bought this book in hardback about 20 years ago when my daughter started asking the question 'how are babies made'. This book tells the correct story, using correct terms, but in a more understanding way for young minds to comprehend. I am now purchasing another copy to give to my daughter for her children.
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January 1, 2018

Way too many pictures of naked old people in this ...
Way too many pictures of naked old people in this book. I would never show this to a child. Maybe this book was written with the intent of being a gag gift?
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Jul 31, 2012

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 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 want to find out when older. (I was always informed on sex and told that it was enjoyable when I asked why people do it, while being taught about contraception and such, and I waited longer than many of my friends, and had safe sex while sober.) There is nothing wrong with a child knowing what the big deal is!

Yes, I do agree that it does neglect the emotional side of sex, but I think that's something that YOU talk to your children about. The book just makes explaining the mechanics easier.

And in terms of 'too much information', I totally disagree. I would much rather show a young child this than wait 5 years and have them googling things because I, as a parent, failed to explain the facts of life. Which is what this book does. It doesn't talk about kinky sex or oral or anything, just the process . . . of which genitalia, orgasm, etc are a part of.

I think some people really need to be less uptight about this book, compared to the material your kid can pretty easily get from the internet/tv/friends/magazines, this is tame. And, at least, educational. ...more
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December 7, 2018

So inappropriate and not ok for kids!
SO inappropriate and far too many details to be a children’s book! They don’t need a “how to” guide to sex with gross details. Never ever read this to your kids.
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September 26, 2017

One Star
A lot of pages came misprinted.
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May 20, 2017

Great book - except for the printing Issue
I got this book because my 5 year old has been asking questions, and this is the book my mother read to me as a kid. There seems to be a printing issue. On the 2nd to last and 4th to last pages the ink is faded for about 1/3 of the page.
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Apr 11, 2013

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 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 tastefully and are actually sort of cute. The pictures do show the male and female anatomy, which is important information if a child is to understand how babies are made. They show a man and woman who love each other and are happy, things that would allow a child to have a positive and healthy perspective about sex and making a baby.

As a person who has had personal experience with this book as a child, I highly recommend it. I plan to use it with my own son in a few years.
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Oct 18, 2012

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 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 won't be. The illustrations in this book are ugly but it's a great explanation of the process. ...more
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December 7, 2016

We found another book at our library to use until we feel more comfortable with this one
I bought this after my brother used it to talk to his kids. It is a bit awkward with all the pictures and subjects covered. We decided not to share it with our son yet he is 8 yrs old. We found another book at our library to use until we feel more comfortable with this one.
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Dec 17, 2013

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.
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Dec 31, 2009

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!
5

June 12, 2018

Good starter for the birds and the bees convo with kids
I had this book as a child and it did cause lots of giggles and jokes for us kids, but I had to get it when I had a baby. While not 100% accurate and definitely not commiserate with today’s types of families, there is some great information about the “birds and the bees.” At the very least, it will stimulate the conversation. And even after all of these years, I remembered the pictures and saw the correlation when I got pregnant.
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July 8, 2018

My parents read this to me as a kid.
I remember my parents reading this book to me when I was around 7 or 8. I’m 33 now and I can tell you this book was disturbing to me as a little kid. Naming women’s breasts terms like “titties” even as a kid I knew was kind of offensive to women. I remember thinking why would my parents read me this crap? Plus then there’s a whole bunch of naked cartoon pictures of a man and woman making love in a bubble bath which is just weird for a kid. I personally would have appreciated a book a little less graphic as a kid, but hey mom and dad did their best.
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Sep 20, 2019

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.

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