Where Did I Come From?: The Facts of Life without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations

Where Did I Come From?: The Facts of Life without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations

by Peter Mayle

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Overview

Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780818402531
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 93,275
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Peter Mayle spent fifteen years in the advertising business before escaping in 1975 to write books, including his bestselling "A Year in Provence "and "Toujours Provence". His work has been translated into seventeen languages and he has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines. He lives with his wife in Provence.

Robbins is Professor of Art Therapy at the Pratt Institute and a Founding Director of the Institute of Expressive Analysis. He is on the board of directors of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and has been on the faculty for over thirty years. He is also a New York State licensed psychologist and a graduate certified psychoanalyst.

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Where Did I Come From?: The Facts of Life without Any Nonsense and with Illustrations 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book back in the 80s and used it to tell my two young children the facts of life before it became an issue of embarrassment. They were asking questions... and to tell the older 8 year old, I needed to tell the 5 year old too to prevent misinformation. Since they were of different genders, I read it to them separately. It went over great, no problems, clearly and thoughtfully given. And most of all... they UNDERSTOOD it! They even asked me questions. My daughter said, 'You had to do it twice?' So, my response... 'I had to do it a little more than twice to make sure the two of you would get here.' They never had an issue and it left our line of communication totally open for the future. Today, they are ages 25 and 28. Wow, did this book make my 'talk' easy, acceptable, and totally unfrightening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was 5 my mother read this book to me and I feel that it opened the door for an great mother-daughter relationship. Since then I have never had trouble coming to her for help or questions involving sex or puberty. I STRONGLY recommend this book and also urge parents to teach your children YOUNG because thats when your children are learning about it through friends and rumors. If you teach your children FIRST then when they hear the wrong information, they will know it is wrong. ALSO I want to point out that this book clearly presents sex as being for ADULTS ONLY and not for children. Which in this day means a lot. And as for me, because of that book I was always under the impression that sex is for adults only and for a man and woman who love eachother. I am 23 and married and my husband is the only one i have ever been with due to what I was taught at a very young age. PLEASE tell your children young so that they hear it from YOU FIRST! It will make a difference in their lives!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother read this book to me when I was a child. I never had to go through the akward stage of wondering about my body or have to put my parents in the akward place of asking where babies came from. When my best friends 5 year old starting asking questions about babies, I told her about this book. My own son is almost 4 and I think it's time I broke out this book for him! It's a wonderful thing to do for your child. Sex is a huge part of an adult life. We all need to remember that how we teach our children about sex, molds them for later in life. Don't mess up your child's chance for a happy adult sex life just because you're messed up with yours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can remember finding this book in the library... I don't even remember what I was looking for.. but I read it and it helped me to understand why babies were such an important part of life. I know my brother was born not long after this book, and it helped me to understand that it was an act of love... Very good for explaining to your children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Been looking for this book for quite a while! Stumbled across it and it's companion book 'What's Happening To Me' when my children were small. Realizing the importance of educating my children openly and honestly in what it means to be a sexual human being, and how to accept the wonders of being an adult, I found both books a fantastic aide in achieving that goal. Of course I believe in sharing a good thing, so when we were done, I passed the books along to the rest of my family who had little inquisitive minds to educate...and they got lost in the shuffle. My children are grown now, and I see the end result of open, honest, unembarrassed sexual education...two confident, open-minded, no 'hang-ups' adults who are comfortable with themselves and their sexuality.'Grammy' is going to enjoy helping them pass that legacy on to their children with these books!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just recently, I was asked what book I loved as a child. 'Where Did I Come From' was neck and neck with Dr. Seuss's, 'The cat in the hat'. I read this book when I was in the latter years of elementary school, i think, and I loved this book. This book helped me understand the beauty of reproduction in a language that was age appropriate and humorous. I remember being engrossed in this book until I finished it, on the day that my dad bought it. The illusrations were realistic to my young mind and did not try tohide the intimacy of sex or the loving manner in which I like to believe I was conceived (I was not planned). I know that my love for reading was sparked at that time. It is a book that I treasure.
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Hello, I remember reading this book when I was a child. Let me speak first from a 27 year old prospective. "I can Handle it!!" I mean with all the sexy adds, tv shows, movies, etc... Who wouldn't be able to handle it! Seems Innocent you would think or say. But this Book Aroused something in me that Should have Never been Aroused when I was young. I say this with an Open Heart to every Parent that may be reading this.... This Book Is The Reason Why I Became Addicted to Pornography!!!!!! I would not be surprised if that was the Objective of the Author. Please do not read nor show this book to your children! Use the pencil and the Pencil Sharpener story. And Age Is a Huge thing. I would think 7,8,9 or 10 would be a good age for you to speak to your Child make it as Innocent and Pure as you can not Describing the Action as this book did! 
mrsschoch More than 1 year ago
When I wanted to begin "the" talk with my kids about sex, I really didn't know where to look. I got onto Barnes and Noble .com and began to search out what other parents were saying. Let me say that this book if a terrific tool to introducing your kids to sex and the differences between the sexes. You wont be disappointed in this selection if this is the topic you find yourself facing with your kids.
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Max_in_NY More than 1 year ago
A very open, honest, and as importantly, easy-to-read-to-your-child book about the very things they want to know. As another reviewer pointed out - it is better to let them know this stuff straight and at the time when they are curious about it and before they are shy, self-conscious and embarrassed. My 5 year old has been very interested in the subject, in one manner or another, and it seems to have completely satisfied his mind.

It is a great opening step into this part of life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For the reviewers being 'horrified' to be reading this to a 4 or 5 year old - it is probably too detailed for that age. For my nine year old, it was a perfect book to read together to open the door when it was time to have THE TALK. It laid things out in a truthful manner 'okay, other than the tickling part' and let me explain that it is all natural and beautiful within marriage. Incidentally, my daughter just said after seeing the movie at school, 'Mom, it was so great to have already learned all that stuff from you.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very direct.But that is a good thing.It is done in a very tasteful manner.Not really embarassing.You have to start being open with your children about sexual matters now and they will be open with You even when they get older.And this book will help You.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when my 9-year-old daughter was hanging over me and reading over my shoulder as a pre-view for her. Although explicit (insert red face here)it is funny and the explanation is simple. It opened doors for much conversation and kept open those doors all through her growing up years. We actually reviewed it each year at her request until she finally felt as though she understood EVERYTHING! I recommend it highly and oh, yes, keep your sense of humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My parents gave me this book when I was 9 (I'm 39 now) and it was a comfortable way for all to learn/discuss the birds and the bees. I'm facing the same challenge already with my 6.5 yr old daughter and will buy it for her.