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Where Did I Come from? [Paperback]

Peter Mayle
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2 July 1993
Aims to help parents to teach young children about the facts of life in a way that children can understand and parents can enjoy. It looks at such questions as: how do you explain the process of conception? How much should you tell? And what should you skip?


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (2 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330331132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330331135
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 20.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book almost twenty years ago for my daughter. It does tend to suggest that sex is done purely for the sake of having children and focuses on mum and dad but, if you overlook that, it was a wonderful book, very funny. Not only did my daughter learn from it, half the kids in the neighbourhood did too when they read it while visiting her. It presents sex in such easy to handle and fun way that my daughter used to get me to read it as her bedtime story quite regularly. It's the ideal book to ensure that your child doesn't grow up in ignorance with the inevitable myths that circulate when you are young, often causing wrong decisions and awkward moments.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for answering all those little questions! 26 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A great book for when your child askes about themselfs. You can read this book with your child or simply give it to them to read themselfs as it is very easily read. The book holds no bounds and tells it as it is. With great comical pictures it is a must for all parents and young children.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 22 May 2006
Format:Paperback
My mum and I read this together when I was 7 years old (now 29)! It has stayed with me all these years and I'm going to get it for my daughter so she can learn about the facts of life with laughter and fun!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 2 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I have never written a review before but I have to correct the above reviewer. At NO point does marriage come into this book. There is an underlying impression that the mother and father have a relationship at the time of conception, but no more than that. My 6 and 8 year olds love this book and have had it on the bookshelf for the last year or so. I adore the fact the the father has a beerbelly and the the mother is no Kate Moss. It beautifully describes all the postitives in reproduction; feeling loving, orgasm, birth etc. but doesn't touch on abortion or STD's. It is just right for the stage they are at. Recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where did I come from? 4 May 2007
By S. Paez
Format:Paperback
This was the book given to me by my mum, in the 80's when I was 9. I remember it with fondness and recall that it covered all the questions I had at the time; it also had quite sweet pictures to accompany the information which didn't gross me out as much as photos may have done.

However, I am aware that some points may seem a little dated: for example, it suggests the parents are married when a baby is conceived.

All in all an informative book that seemed age-appropriate for myself -and later on, my sister.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did I come from? 18 April 2011
By shef
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just purchased this book for my 10 year old son who has Asperger's Syndrome. It contains more information than the simple picture books for very young children, but isn't too complicated for children who are developmentally behind their peers. The illustrations are very humourous and the reference to married couples has been removed. My only criticism is that it does not show any internal diagrams of the male and female reproductive organs for eg the fallopian tubes and womb etc. Apart from this it is a very clear and user friendly book and well worth purchasing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts of life - without all the yukky bits 17 Mar 2010
By H
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What a fantastic book. Just what I was looking for for my daughter. All the facts about how you're made by mum and dad without going into periods, contraception, gay sex, maturbation and STIs etc. all of which can come later. Every other book that I have looked at covers everything (too much information!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT 31 Aug 2013
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Answered everything that was being asked and opened conversation and discussion without embarrassment. Would recommend to any parent being approached with these questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and forward thinking
Whilst some may consider the level of detail advanced for a book aimed at young children, I feel this is actually an advantage. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Andrew Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars ) and was delighted to discovery that they are still in print for ...
I had these books when I was a little girl (too many years ago to mention!) and was delighted to discovery that they are still in print for my godchildren (only bought with... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Miss Debra Ames
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great book for a difficult subject. My niece laughed throughout but has since learnt a great deal. Highly recommend for any youngsters going through puberty.
Published 2 months ago by Jay Hockey
3.0 out of 5 stars Where did I come from ?
The book is well detailed and interesting. Unfortunately I required something me suitable for young children. Read more
Published 4 months ago by FRANKIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
Easy to use with a child. Nice simple language. No 'pretend' versions just plain simple facts. Good illustrations. Good buy
Published 4 months ago by G Cot
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know without embarrassment
It tells all in a delightfully entertaining and comfortable way? A great book for parents to read with their curious children
Published 8 months ago by C M LLOYD
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but very frank!
Very detailed and honest account of how babies are made. Not a gooseberry bush in sight. Humorous. I wont be letting my almost 7 year old read it just yet though. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Partmanpartbeard
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers exactly that.
This was the same book I read to get the answers which is why I chose it for my boys. It answered everything they wanted to know (they are 5 & 6) and I like that the drawings are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Helena Holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Where did I come from
Badly written I could not show this item to my child. Very disappointing! It was not well laid out and it did not look professional, some of the wording was very strange
Published 16 months ago by Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is wonderful, healthy and appropriate
This was the book I was brought up with, and it has given me nearly 40 years of a healthy attitude to human sexuality, and great respect for my body and my partners. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. L. Ross
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