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Banned Book Review: Where Did I Come From?

March 30, 2006

76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle

Reason:  Challenged for sex education.

Damn those liberals, trying to educate kids about sex.  Especially by using nekkid cartoons.
In reading this book, what I found most interesting, is that it has a decidedly conservative viewpoint on sex.  Mommy and Daddy are married, the missionary position is described as “the closest a man can get to a woman” and the discusions of the growing fetus would make just about any pro-lifer gleefully happy.  Unless they’re the type of pro-lifer who thinks that kids shouldn’t be educated about sex at all.  Which is probably exactly the type that is behind these bannings.  Regardless, the pictures are done in a tastefully cartoonish manner, being both detailed enough to allow kinds to get the gist, but not so detailed that they could be considered too realistic.  The text is almost chipper in its pacing, and the Mommy and Daddy are obviously very happy.  It omits large portions of the process of conception from the woman’s point of view (the egg is almost non existent in the process), and I found it odd that the author compared having sex to jumping rope, but otherwise it’s a decent enough book.  Recommended for ages 4-8.

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