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Tuesday 9 November 2010

Review: So That's Where I Came From

I still remember the day mum brought home Where Did I Come From?. I remember staring in face-flushed horror at the reality of it all. No storks nor cabbage leaves here – this was the real deal.

Fast forward 37 years and So That’s Where I Came From tackles the B&Bs (no, not a pleasant place to stay overnight and eat brekkie in the morning) all over again.

This is ovaries and pubic hair and babies growing in wombs – this takes the Birds and the Bees and slaps it on a reality plate – perfect for anyone who doesn’t feel the need to allude to our private parts as ‘wee-wee’ too far beyond toddlerhood.

Yes, the book is tell-it-like-it-is – but don’t let that scare you. Instead, why not USE the book to help make That Talk so much easier? I’ve done it. Shamelessly. I’ve used this book as almost like a hand puppet to explain the parts only cartoon visuals can do so well.

Author Dawson talks directly to children in this book in an informative yet warm voice, making it the perfect book to leave with kids to read in their own time, if that’s your preference.

Adorable, soft and unobtrusive illustrations by Norling beautifully round out the book, making this an accurate, modern, approachable, informative guide to the X and Y chromosome miracle.

Title: So That’s Where I Came From
Author: Gina Dawson
Illustrator: Beth Norling
Publisher: Black Dog Books, A$19.99RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2010
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9781742031019
For ages: Whatever age you wish to start!
Type: Information, Books for Parents, Picture Book

This book can be bought online