This book has been adapted for African American families.
Peter Mayle and Arthur Robins are also the bestselling team responsible for What's Happening to Me? a guide to puberty.
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"Where Did I Come From?"
A Guide for Children and Parents
By Peter Mayle
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2000 Peter Mayle
All rights reserved.
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.)
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.
Excerpted from "Where Did I Come From?" by Peter Mayle. Copyright © 2000 Peter Mayle. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I was about three or four, my parents read this book to me. I learned all of the proper names of body parts (I still think of peanuts without the 't'). When I was old enough, my mom and I read it to my younger brother. Many of my friends and neighborhood kids would joke about sex acts and their genitalia, but that was because they didn't know anything. My parents were concerned that my brother and I grow up with a healthy attitude towards sex and reproduction and with all of the information we may need. I can't tell you how much easier we both had it during puberty because we knew what to expect and why we were going through it. Thanks, Peter Mayle, et al.
I remember when I was old enough to understand this information, my mother handing me this book. My son is now eight and wanted to know 'I mean mom where do babies really come from, I mean how they are formed, how they get there...you know.' I am so excited that this book is still around so that he can read it and understand!
I think this book is great. When I was 4 years old when I asked the infamous question to my parents. The next day they sat me down and read my sister and I this book, and to this day I remember the 'facts' from what was read to me all those years ago. I know that it was very uncomfortable for them to be talking to us about that but they did anyways. The individual that posted their not before me claimes that the book is too graphic in how it depicts sex to children but that is just it, sex is explicit no matter how you try and explain it. This is a great book for explaining the birds and the bees, when I have children I will you the same method that my parents used with me. the individual's opinon on the other book they recommend is questionable. That book isn't factual since God doesn't create life, human beings create life. Anyways, this book is great. It is graphic but it does explain sex and the body in a way that a child will be able to understand.
This book was very embarrassing for me as an adult to read even by myself. I couldn't imagine reading it to my children in the way that it was presented. I believe in giving my children the good hard facts, but not in this way.
I vividly remember my parents reading this book to me when I was 7 or 8 years old. It really explained things to me in a good way that I could understand. Now that I am a mother myself, I will definately be reading it to my children when they are a little older. I mean, it's better that your kids know the 'real deal' from you than get their info (and you know they WILL get info about sex at some point) from some un-informed kid at school.
and I feel good about it! I was so nervous talking to him about where babies come from, yet knew it was time to do it so he doesn't get misinformation from others. This book explained things on his level, and although he found the whole concept 'gross'...I think he feels more confident/knowledgeable after reading it with me. I will read it with my other kids when they are eight as well.
This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read, my parents read it to me when I asked, "Where did I come from", and I plan on reading to my kids when they ask me the same question.