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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart Inc.; 1 edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818402539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818402531
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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369 of 384 people found the following review helpful By S. Hughes VINE VOICE on March 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
My parents used this book to help answer my questions about how babies are made when I was around 5 years old. This book provided just enough information to introduce me to the concept of sex and making babies without embarassing me too terribly much.

I notice that some reviewers worry that the book provides children with too much information or is too graphic. I find that the book would be incomplete if some of the information or the pictures were omitted. If they weren't included, I know I would have had many questions unanswered as a child. The tasteful illustrations included in the book helped me understand the book's content, rather than forcing me to fill in the gaps with inaccurate and possibly scary images that could have led to unhealthy views of sex.

As a child, I found myself really studying the pictures, cartoon images that are presented very tastefully and are actually sort of cute. The pictures do show the male and female anatomy, which is important information if a child is to understand how babies are made. They show a man and woman who love each other and are happy, things that would allow a child to have a positive and healthy perspective about sex and making a baby.

As a person who has had personal experience with this book as a child, I highly recommend it. I plan to use it with my own son in a few years.

(One last note: I believe this book is best suited for younger children that are asking questions or could be introduced to the topic of sex or making babies. It might be a bit juvenile for pre-teen.)
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170 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Reb S. on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
My mother tried teaching me about sex starting at about age four or five--I'm not sure I was ready to hear it at that point, but, as life would have it, a therapist had a copy of Where Did I Come From? on her coffee table when I went to go see her at age six. I was curious about the book, since the pictures were engaging and the topic matter was obviously interesting to me, so she read it to me. It was interesting and fascinating, and funny--the pictures were cartoony enough to be specific but not threatening or gross. I actually recall asking her to read it to me a number of times, and I asked tons of questions. I can't say how I would have responded to having my mom read it to me--a neutral third party was probably the best person, for me, to hear it from, just because my mom tended to get very self-conscious teaching me about sex, and that made me uncomfortable (although, God bless her, she did try!). I really enjoyed the book as a child, and it taught me everything I needed to know to understand what sex and puberty were so that by the time those things happened, I knew not only what was going on, but because it was so easy to ask questions with the book, I knew I could ask more questions of my mom and other adults in my life (doctors, health teachers, etc)(and find more books) when the time came. (I actually can't stress that enough--when it was about time for my friends and I to start menstruating, we actually went to the library (without our parent's knowlege) and took out a book called "Period" to tell us more about it (another great book--I don't know if it's still in print or not-- just the right speed for 10-12 year olds). And that helped a lot too.
If you're looking for a way to ease into talking about sex with your kids, Where Did I Come From?
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429 of 476 people found the following review helpful By J. Stone on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although I apreciate the frankness of this book, I was dissapointed by the emphasis on the male's point of view in the book. Considerably more information and pictures of penises are included than vaginas. Also, the woman's feelings, role, and consent are ignored in the discussion of sex. According to the book, people have sex beacuse "the man wants to get as close to the woman as he can." There is no mention of whether or not the woman wants to have sex or enjoys it. There is also talk of the physiological changes in a man when he's having sex, but none anout the women. And finally, lots of talk and pictures about sperm, but very little mention of the eggs role ("semen is how you and I and all of us started") and no pictures of an egg. Instead it shows a picture of a sperm curling up to a heart.
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101 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Michelle LaMont on December 15, 2008
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I got this book because I feel sex education is very important. I was raised by a Labor & Delivery room nurse and a reproductive biologist set of parents. We had very scientific and meaningful discussions about all topics relating to love and reproduction. I was appalled with the humorous implication of sex in this book. We came from sperm? "this sticky stuff is how you and I and all of us started" What about the preparation of the the egg? And the combinations of DNA? An orgasm feels like a sneeze? What are we kidding? Now kids will never think of sneezing the same. And anyway, if that is how others' orgasms feel... so sad for you! And a woman's orgasm does not originate from the vagina. All the boys -and girls for that matter- who read the book will forever be confused! Why do kids need to have the feeling of an orgasm explained anyway? I appreciate the attitude of frankness in the book; However, I think it is blatantly written by a man (our poor daughters) and leaves out the amazing science of reproduction. I will continue my search for a book with better content.
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