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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818402531
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 53,227
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Mayle
Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle is the author of eleven previous books, five of them fiction. He has received the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions. Mayle has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for twenty years.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    After all these years... Still EXCELLENT!

    I bought this book back in the 80s and used it to tell my two young children the facts of life before it became an issue of embarrassment. They were asking questions... and to tell the older 8 year old, I needed to tell the 5 year old too to prevent misinformation. Since they were of different genders, I read it to them separately. It went over great, no problems, clearly and thoughtfully given. And most of all... they UNDERSTOOD it! They even asked me questions. My daughter said, 'You had to do it twice?' So, my response... 'I had to do it a little more than twice to make sure the two of you would get here.' They never had an issue and it left our line of communication totally open for the future. Today, they are ages 25 and 28. Wow, did this book make my 'talk' easy, acceptable, and totally unfrightening!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    I was read this book years ago.

    When I was 5 my mother read this book to me and I feel that it opened the door for an great mother-daughter relationship. Since then I have never had trouble coming to her for help or questions involving sex or puberty. I STRONGLY recommend this book and also urge parents to teach your children YOUNG because thats when your children are learning about it through friends and rumors. If you teach your children FIRST then when they hear the wrong information, they will know it is wrong. ALSO I want to point out that this book clearly presents sex as being for ADULTS ONLY and not for children. Which in this day means a lot. And as for me, because of that book I was always under the impression that sex is for adults only and for a man and woman who love eachother. I am 23 and married and my husband is the only one i have ever been with due to what I was taught at a very young age. PLEASE tell your children young so that they hear it from YOU FIRST! It will make a difference in their lives!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2006

    Wonderful

    My mother read this book to me when I was a child. I never had to go through the akward stage of wondering about my body or have to put my parents in the akward place of asking where babies came from. When my best friends 5 year old starting asking questions about babies, I told her about this book. My own son is almost 4 and I think it's time I broke out this book for him! It's a wonderful thing to do for your child. Sex is a huge part of an adult life. We all need to remember that how we teach our children about sex, molds them for later in life. Don't mess up your child's chance for a happy adult sex life just because you're messed up with yours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Excellence beyond belief

    I can remember finding this book in the library... I don't even remember what I was looking for.. but I read it and it helped me to understand why babies were such an important part of life. I know my brother was born not long after this book, and it helped me to understand that it was an act of love... Very good for explaining to your children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    I FOUND IT!!! I FOUND IT!!!....

    Been looking for this book for quite a while! Stumbled across it and it's companion book 'What's Happening To Me' when my children were small. Realizing the importance of educating my children openly and honestly in what it means to be a sexual human being, and how to accept the wonders of being an adult, I found both books a fantastic aide in achieving that goal. Of course I believe in sharing a good thing, so when we were done, I passed the books along to the rest of my family who had little inquisitive minds to educate...and they got lost in the shuffle. My children are grown now, and I see the end result of open, honest, unembarrassed sexual education...two confident, open-minded, no 'hang-ups' adults who are comfortable with themselves and their sexuality.'Grammy' is going to enjoy helping them pass that legacy on to their children with these books!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    at 37 i still remember

    Just recently, I was asked what book I loved as a child. 'Where Did I Come From' was neck and neck with Dr. Seuss's, 'The cat in the hat'. I read this book when I was in the latter years of elementary school, i think, and I loved this book. This book helped me understand the beauty of reproduction in a language that was age appropriate and humorous. I remember being engrossed in this book until I finished it, on the day that my dad bought it. The illusrations were realistic to my young mind and did not try tohide the intimacy of sex or the loving manner in which I like to believe I was conceived (I was not planned). I know that my love for reading was sparked at that time. It is a book that I treasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Hello, I remember reading this book when I was a child. Let me s

    Hello, I remember reading this book when I was a child. Let me speak first from a 27 year old prospective. "I can Handle it!!" I mean with all the sexy adds, tv shows, movies, etc... Who wouldn't be able to handle it! Seems Innocent you would think or say. But this Book Aroused something in me that Should have Never been Aroused when I was young. I say this with an Open Heart to every Parent that may be reading this.... This Book Is The Reason Why I Became Addicted to Pornography!!!!!! I would not be surprised if that was the Objective of the Author. Please do not read nor show this book to your children! Use the pencil and the Pencil Sharpener story. And Age Is a Huge thing. I would think 7,8,9 or 10 would be a good age for you to speak to your Child make it as Innocent and Pure as you can not Describing the Action as this book did! 

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    When I wanted to begin "the" talk with my kids about s

    When I wanted to begin "the" talk with my kids about sex, I really didn't know where to look. I got onto Barnes and Noble .com and began to search out what other parents were saying. Let me say that this book if a terrific tool to introducing your kids to sex and the differences between the sexes. You wont be disappointed in this selection if this is the topic you find yourself facing with your kids.

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  • Posted January 23, 2009

    Satisfied my very curious 5 year olds' mind

    A very open, honest, and as importantly, easy-to-read-to-your-child book about the very things they want to know. As another reviewer pointed out - it is better to let them know this stuff straight and at the time when they are curious about it and before they are shy, self-conscious and embarrassed. My 5 year old has been very interested in the subject, in one manner or another, and it seems to have completely satisfied his mind. <BR/><BR/>It is a great opening step into this part of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Book a little too male-centric

    Although, I think that it is appropriate to have open honest discussion about sex with your children, I feel like this book is outdated and focuses mostly on the male perspective of sex. Some of the language in the book assumes that the child reading the book is a boy 'and not a girl'. And I felt like the descriptions of the sexual experience focused more on what the experience is like for a man. However, this doesn't surprise me because this book was written by two men in the 70s. I wish the authors/publishers/anybody would offer a more balanced up-to-date perspective.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    Are you kidding me?

    Seriously....Where are you people coming from???...I am a very non-liberal woman, servered in the miltary for 11 years, and I blushed, even after a glass of wine, reading this book at my friend's home...we sat around saying this was a joke book for a baby shower or for a fun drinking party! Then we checked this web site... I WOULD NEVER READ THIS TO MY CHILD.....I agree with the review above stating that 'tickeling' refered to something children may want to do.. I mean, what if a strange person asked my child, 'Can I tickle you?' Where are you peoples' mind?' You have no business raising children if you think this is appropriate! May God help you!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Great Way to Open THAT Conversation

    For the reviewers being 'horrified' to be reading this to a 4 or 5 year old - it is probably too detailed for that age. For my nine year old, it was a perfect book to read together to open the door when it was time to have THE TALK. It laid things out in a truthful manner 'okay, other than the tickling part' and let me explain that it is all natural and beautiful within marriage. Incidentally, my daughter just said after seeing the movie at school, 'Mom, it was so great to have already learned all that stuff from you.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Great Help

    This book is very direct.But that is a good thing.It is done in a very tasteful manner.Not really embarassing.You have to start being open with your children about sexual matters now and they will be open with You even when they get older.And this book will help You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    Great learning/teaching tool

    My parents gave me this book when I was 9 (I'm 39 now) and it was a comfortable way for all to learn/discuss the birds and the bees. I'm facing the same challenge already with my 6.5 yr old daughter and will buy it for her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    White Knuckle Sex Education

    I read this book when my 9-year-old daughter was hanging over me and reading over my shoulder as a pre-view for her. Although explicit (insert red face here)it is funny and the explanation is simple. It opened doors for much conversation and kept open those doors all through her growing up years. We actually reviewed it each year at her request until she finally felt as though she understood EVERYTHING! I recommend it highly and oh, yes, keep your sense of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    begin here

    This is a wonderful 'jumping off' book for parents to begin a dialogue with their young children. I am disappointed at the reviewers who are still under the misguided notion that to discuss sexual intercourse with our children means that they will want to HAVE sexual intercourse. Hopefully, if more children have adults willing to read and discuss books like this one, we will raise a new generation of children who will understand the context, consequences and complexity of their sexuality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Also Horrified!!

    I was glancing through this book when I came to the page titled 'Making Love' and it was decribing how a man loves to be inside a women and a women loves the man to be inside her. Also as someone else mentioned the tickling feeling. I do not think this is appropriate for my 6 and 4 year olds!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Not Just For the Little Ones

    I teach a Biology of Women course at a local college. One of the topics which always comes up is how to discuss reproductive Biology with your children. I used 'Where Did I Come From?' when my kids were little and still bring in copies for my college students to see. The majority comment they wish their parents had shared the book with them when they were young. It's matter of fact approach, direct but simple language, and delightful illustrations remove the embarrassment so many adults feel when trying to explain this to children. I think all parents should read it with their children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Excellent

    The second time my 7 year old step-daughter walked in on us 'cuddling', I insisted we get this book (and a slide lock for the door)! We read it to her and her 4 year old sister. It answered all their questions and helped us to know where to go with the topic and how much to say. I've since recommended it to several friends with young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Horrifed

    I was horrified at this book. My son is 5 and I am not even going to let him see this book. This book relates sex to a simple 'tickly' feeling, which to me, would make it sound like such an enjoyable thing that children would want to experience it now, without understanding that it is a grown-up event. I cannot express how offended I am by this book. I don't feel the cartoonish illustrations were appropriate, and will be returning this book immediately.

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