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Where Did I Come From? Paperback – December 1, 2000
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Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth.
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 9/1/2000
- Pages: 48
- Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
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"Where Did I Come From" is very cleverly written, and I love it's description of conception and pregnancy. The description of sex was too graphic and lovey-dovey for what I thought was a good explanation for a seven-year-old with divorced parents. It goes into several pages of descriptions of kissing, thrusting, erections, the male orgasm, and ultimately makes sex sound like a very male-centric act (and always, curiously, in missionary position).
On the bright side, it did let me collect MY thoughts and gave me the confidence to explain things to my kid with the level of detail and context that I felt was appropriate. Yes, it was an awkward conversation, but there were lots of laughs and good questions. We focused more on "this is what happens when an egg and sperm get together and this is actually how it got there" and a discussion about making healthy choices and less on schmoopy descriptions of "what happens when mommies and daddies really love each other".
So my recommendation (if you are like me)? Just listen to your kids questions and answer them. Get the Ultimate Body-Pedia or a similar atlas for kids. Pull out some sonograms. If you really feel like the discussion needs more audio-visuals, pull up some nature videos. Talk about experiences with pregnancy and a few memories on the day your kid was born. Just remember, it can, and should be, an evolving conversation. My kid doesn't need overwhelming detail in one go. She needs someone to listen and to provide good information as she grows.
Our kids were 5 & 6 when we read this to them. Both found it enlightening without being weird or uncomfortable. We bring this out for an introductory reading or two, then it gets hidden away until there are future questions.
I purchased this book purely for the nostalgia of those memories. But, now that I've actually had the time to read it, I don't think this is the best reference book to use to explain sex to your children. It is a tool, and can give a parent ideas of what to say to their children. However, it is very wordy and does not appear to be a book that you would read along with your child.
So, when the time comes, I will take another look at this book, but I imagine that I may purchase a more elementary book that I can read along with my child.
The illustrations definitely show what's what, but they aren't drawn in such detail that they're obscene or uncomfortable. The cartoons are round jovial-looking people with middle-aged bodies rather than svelte young hubba hubba type bodies. This makes it easier on the reader and less eye-popping to the listener.
The explanations are very frank and to the point; however, they're written so that young children can understand w/o Understanding, if you catch my drift. It's enough to make the reader blush a bit and Just enough to where I won't post an excerpt, but not so much that Amazon would reject my review if I Did post an excerpt. I'm just a bit shy. =D
The best I can say is, pick up a copy, flip through the pages and read what's written. You'll find that it's far from offensive and even uses some humor to put both reader and listener at ease when explaining some of the more blush-inducing things (i.e. "it rhymes with Carolina"). "This part often happens in bed, because a bed is so nice and comfortable."
Even if you're not comfortable reading it to your child, the print is large enough and the words are small enough to where the child can read it on their own And understand it.
Oh, one more thing. The cartoons are drawn holding hands and with hearts around them and things of that nature to reinforce the idea that this is all about love and caring, which is also a theme carried throughout the words. For that alone, it gets my vote!