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PreSchool-K—"Where did I come from?" Henry asks. His parents answer his question with a series of playful stories. Adults will grin at the many references to common birth mythologies, such as a cabbage-patch baby, a wooden child come to life, and a mail delivery with no return address marked "handle with care." Whimsical pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor accents and a lovely minimalist design complement simple, poetic text. Regrettably, the facts are never quite revealed. Instead of giving him a frank answer, Henry's father tells him, "Your mother and I both dreamt you. And then you came true." This, accompanied by a small illustration of Henry's parents sleeping in bed, is the only suggestion of truth in this otherwise charming book. While this final segment may be suggestive of the underlying biology, it fails as a conclusion no matter how you see it. Children unfamiliar with the concept of sex may take the father's answer at face value, more savvy children may wonder why it's never explained outright, and adults who read it may wonder at the implication that innocent curiosity about one's origins shouldn't be rewarded with an honest answer.—Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894965469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894965460
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sara O'Leary is the author of This is Sadie
Illustrated by Julie Morstad, designed by Kelly Hill, and published by Tundra Books/Penguin Random House.

The Henry Books:
When You Were Small,
Where You Came From
When I Was Small
All three Henry books were illustrated by Julie Morstad, designed by Robin Mitchell-Cranfield, and published by Simply Read Books based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A reader on November 26, 2010
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I received this as a gift from my brother, and I fell in love with it. First, it honors our family's unspoken law that a child should be fed, along with fresh vegetables, a certain amount of harmless nonsense. Second, it honors (if only by omitting overt explanations to the contrary) families that may have been made in nontraditional ways. My sons both came to me through adoption, and I'm so pleased that this sweet story is just as resonant for us as for a family made through biology. It's well-done and beautifully illustrated, and printed with quality materials. All-around kudos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noelle Mori on January 14, 2011
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I purchased this for my daughter who is almost 4. She loves the drawings as well as the story itself which is basically a boy asking his parents where he came from. His parents respond with a variety of far fetched scenarios (floating down a river in a basket, in the sale food bin at the grocery store, etc. ). It's very cute and very nicely put together. I would definitely recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 510.Felicia on September 12, 2011
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This is one of my favorite children's stories... it's such a personal story of mother father and child. I love the illustrations, so delicate and simple!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Carlson on June 2, 2009
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Such a darling book! My kids (4.5 years) love it and request it over and over! A keeper!
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