Where You Came From

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In this adorable picture book, inquisitive little Henry wants to know where he came from. His parents come up with very imaginative answers to his question, telling him he was delivered in the mail, found in the sale bin at the supermarket, spotted in the window of a pet store, and more. Children love envisioning the imaginative answers, from being delivered by fairies or found in a basket that was floating down the river to being dropped from the sky by a spaceship. Julie Morstad’s beautiful illustrations ...

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Overview

In this adorable picture book, inquisitive little Henry wants to know where he came from. His parents come up with very imaginative answers to his question, telling him he was delivered in the mail, found in the sale bin at the supermarket, spotted in the window of a pet store, and more. Children love envisioning the imaginative answers, from being delivered by fairies or found in a basket that was floating down the river to being dropped from the sky by a spaceship. Julie Morstad’s beautiful illustrations accompany each hilarious scenario.

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"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

  • ISBN-13: 9781894965460
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 612,100
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Makes me cry!!!

    I also wrote a companion review for another O'Leary book.
    This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my 3 yr old son who is fascinated with life in "Mommy's tummy." It never made it that far. A few weeks ago I had a scary turn of medical events which landed me in the hospital. Some very serious concerns turned out to be nothing serious. I could tell my kids were shaken when I got home and I grabbed the O'leary books, penned something to each of them, tucked them in and read them their books.
    Its a moment I will never forget, of gratitude and love and what life is all about, with my second chance with my kids that I was graced with to see them grow. The tender simple sweetness of the books totally captured the moment of what life is about. And my son is fascinated by all the different ways the baby came to his parents in the book! Highly recommended as a special gift from a parent to a child. Would make a lovely gift to any one having a baby. Don't hesitate!

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