"Where Did I Come From?": A Guide for Children and Parents

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Lyle Stuart, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
For more than twenty years "Where Did I Come From?" has helped parents explain the facts of life to their curious children. Millions of children have enjoyed the humor and honesty in this book, while learning how babies are really made.

Now this classic has been adapted for African-American parents and children. This text is reader friendly and should appeal to a broad market.


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This had been on my kids bookshelf for almost two years. They are 6 and 4. I bought it for them when my oldest started asking questions. This nook is written for kids. I noticed some reviews calling it borderline pornographic and saying that it made sex seem good. Sex is good and more importantly it is how we all got here thus part of the book. The book clearly states that sex feels like "tickling" and that is done between married people who love each other. As for being borderline pornographic it does have cartoon drawings of naked people and tells human body parts. It also has a picture of two people in bed together, under covers.
The book also covers the developing fetus, showing size and changes over the 9 months.
It is well written and appropriate for children. It has also been around for years, my brother had it 30 years ago when he was 5.
My suggestion to parents who are unsure. Buy it, read it, and if you think it is too much for your child, put it on a shelf until he or she is ready for it after all, wouldn't you prefer your child learns about it from you instead of on the he playground at school, or from television.

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Well, the contents it's kinda bit 'too detailed'...apart from that it's a good read.


Little people are made by bigger people
What the differences are
From a speck to a baby in nine months
The Birth Day
There Now you know where you came from

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About the author (2000)

Peter Mayle was born in Brighton, England on June 14, 1939. He began his career in advertising as a copywriter and rose to the executive ranks, but left advertising in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young adults. His educational books including Where Did I Come From? and What's Happening to Me? His travel memoir, A Year in Provence, received the British Book Awards' Best Travel Book of the Year in 1990 and was adapted into a television mini-series. His other nonfiction books included Toujours Provence, Encore Provence, Provence A-Z, and French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew. His fiction books included The Marseille Caper, The Corsican Caper, and A Good Year, which was adapted into a 2006 film of the same name starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. Mayle died on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78.

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