Where Did I Come From?

Where Did I Come From? : An Illustrated Childrens Book on Human Sexuality

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"I give this book top grades for humanness and honesty. Some parents will find that its humorousness helps them over the embarrassment."
--Dr. Spock

Over A Million Copies Sold!

An international and beloved bestselling children's classic, Where Did I Come From? helps parents and their curious children get up close and personal with the intimate world of human sexuality in the form of a picture book. Told in an age-appropriate voice respectful of young people's natural intelligence and warmly and relatably illustrated throughout, Where Did I Come From? creates a safe space where families can learn about the traditional facts of life--from the different parts of the body to orgasm to birth.

If you've been wondering how to have this talk with your children, look no further for a trusted resource that will give you the tools you need to share this critical information sensitively and factually.

"The best description of sexual intercourse that is out there for children."

"You can't deny Mayle's talent for translating adult experience into child-level concepts."
--Kirkus Reviews
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 231 x 233 x 5mm | 181g
  • Citadel Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Carol Pub Group
  • 0818402539
  • 9780818402531
  • 1,967

About Peter Mayle

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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Rating details

963 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 50% (483)
4 26% (253)
3 16% (158)
2 4% (39)
1 3% (30)

Our customer reviews

I had this book as a little girl in the 80s and 90s, and it was the one book that didn't sugar coat and lie about things - I absolutely loved it! It's very descriptive, and not at all obscene. It's clear, and makes it fun to learn. It's also good to have those 'a-ha!' moments like "so *this* is what's happening" and also to prepare you for what *will* happen so it's not a shock. I've added this to my wishlist for my next payday so I can get a new copy for my own child, and will likely get the follow-on book as well. I remember watching a video version in school, as well. I highly recommend this book to parents and caregivers who want to broach this topic with their child.show more
by Jennifer McGavin
an absolutely perfectly balanced book. describes beautifully the creation of a baby. In 1986 many parents were utterly disgusted by this book and tried to ban it from school. i am quite alarmed to see the amount of dislikes marked against this book. Why are people so scared to explain the origin of life to their children? It doesn't need to be done until you know your children are ready to hear it. And the answer to that is simple. They are ready to hear it when they start asking questions. And why do so many children grow up thinking a baby grows in a stomach? Why are we scared to use the word 'womb'. It's like a 'room'. the baby grows in it's special womb-room. It's special. Come on guys! Get with the times! My son is 5 and he knows EVERYTHING because he wants to know - right down to the details of how a sperm has to meet with an egg and implant in the uterus wall, and how twins are made, the difference between identical twins and non-identical. I bet some of you grown ups don't know that. He knows why I have a menstrual cycle - not because I've forced it on him but because he has asked questions! Maybe he's going to be an amazing medical expert one day. I'm proud that he asks, and I'm proud that I know enough to provide him with the answers. What is more amazing and inspiring - also painful and scary and life changing - than the creation of a beautiful new baby?show more
by Sarah Jooste
I had this when I was little. It is.... interesting. Cartoon style but still quite graphic...show more
by Katherine Marsicano
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