Where Did I Come From?
written by Peter Mayle
Illustrated by Arthur Robins
Designed by Paul Walter
Lyle Stuart, 1973
I had this book when I was little. Is it actually how I learned where babies come from? Probably not, but that doesn't mean it didn't teach me a thing or two about the mechanics. Still in print after 38 years, if you're looking for a book to show your little one about the birds and the bees, there is no other. At least, no other that tells the story with such wit and candor and awesomely silly illustrations of naked people. I can't think of a better way to introduce your child to all those things you are probably too embarrassed to talk about.
This book is all about you.
We wrote it because we thought you'd like to know exactly where you came from, and how it all happened.
The blurb on the back of my 1979 printing from Dr. Spock reads: I give this book top grades for humanness and honesty. Some parents will find that its humorousness helps them over the embarrassment. Others may be offended.
Needless to say, my son hasn't yet had the honor of perusing these pages, but I do keep it handy for when the day finally arrives. Everything is confronted here. The facts of life uncensored. Describing the "you know what" as a sneeze... It feels a bit like this, but much better. Ha! Slang names for body parts. Eggs and their buddies the sperm. Breast feeding. Nothing is left to chance and all the mystery is wiped away. (Visit my tumblr site for an uncensored scan.)
Eighty thumbs up. A classic.
(Gotta love these end pages.)
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