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

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.

Peter Mayle and Arthur Robins are also the bestselling team responsible for What's Happening to Me? a guide to puberty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780818407963
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 187,425
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Peter Mayle spent 15 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 17 languages and he has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines. He lives with his wife in Provence.

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"Where Did I Come From?"


By Peter Mayle, Arthur Robins

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 1977 Peter Mayle
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8184-0796-3



CHAPTER 1

This book is all about you.

We wrote it because we thought you'd like to know exactly where you came from, and how it all happened.

And we know (because we have children of our own) how difficult it is to tell the truth without getting red in the face and mumbling.

Anyway, before we wrote all this down, we asked some boys and girls your age where they thought they had come from.

Here's what some of them said:

"I was brought special delivery by the stork."

"The cat brought me in one night."

"Dad got me from the saloon."

"Mom found me at the hospital."

"I was a Christmas present from the fairies."


Now, you know that none of that is true. The truth is much more interesting than that. So we'll start at the very beginning.

Little people are made by bigger people.

The first thing to know is that babies are made by grownups. One of them has to be a woman, and one a man. In other words, the two people who made you were your mother and your father.

Now, if you put your mother and your father in the bath together, you'd notice something interesting.

They are not made at all the same way. You've probably noticed that already, but you notice it much more when you put them in the bath together.

Quite apart from being different sizes, they are different shapes. And they have different parts to their bodies.


What the differences are.

This is important, because it's the different parts that make it possible for your mother and your father to make you.

In fact, it's so important that we've done two big pictures so that you can see just what's what.

Don't worry if the pictures don't look too much like your mother and father. The important parts are the same on all of us. (Even you.)

Let's start at the top of the pictures and see what the differences are.

First of all, you'll see that the man has a flat chest. But the woman has two round bumps on her chest.

These bumps have a lot of names. Some people call them the bosom (which you say like this: boozum). Other people call them titties, or boobs. (Don't ask us why.)


Breasts.

But the proper name for them is breasts, and that's the name we want you to remember.

When you were just born, your mother's breasts were rather like a mobile milk bar. For the first few months of your life, the only food you could eat was milk. (Because at that time, you didn't have any teeth; so you couldn't eat hot dogs or hamburgers or french fries or candy or anything. You had to drink your food.)

Well, the milk that kept you alive for those first few months either came from a bottle, or your mother's breasts. So it's a quick thank you to breasts before we move on.

Take a look further down the pictures. You'll see that just below the middle, the woman spreads out, but the man doesn't.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from "Where Did I Come From?" by Peter Mayle, Arthur Robins. Copyright © 1977 Peter Mayle. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Dedication,
Copyright,
"Where Did I Come From?",

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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.