Book Review: A book for kids that explains sex and reproduction to kids.
A short overview of this book
So That’s Where I Came from by Gina Dawson is a modern-day alternative to the old book we all grew up with, ‘Where did I come from?‘.
It provides a matter of fact approach to how babies are made, which means that sexual intercourse is discussed (IVF, adoption, etc), as well as gender differences, how the baby develops and is born.
This book is being updated in 2018 – So That’s How I Began.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
So That’s Where I Came from by Gina Dawson is ideal for children between the ages of 6 – 10 years of age.
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Read the transcription of the video
Read the video transcription
Hi, I’m Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue and today we’re talking about a book by Gina Dawson, a South Australian sex educator. So That’s Where I came from is her book which came out in 2010 and has an updated edition on the way.
So That’s Where I came from is the sort of book you need to sit down to read but discusses reproduction in loads of detail. Different versions of this book have been printed with this one being one of the more up to date editions.
When I say up to date, I mean the book acknowledges not all children have a mother and father. Some may have same-sex parents, some may only have one parent. They may have also been conceived through IVF, surrogacy, or another way people can get medically pregnant. In general, this book is more open to different family types.
To begin, Dawson talks about how families are very diverse. Then the differences between boys and girls. On the page, we can see a drawing of two children with female and male genitals.
To follow this up, we begin talking about the differences between grown-up and child genitals. How our insides change, our genitals develop, how reproduction works, and much more as there is quite a lot to read.
I also love the description Dawson has for sex. However, this book does focus a lot on heterosexual, or straight, sex. This book is about where babies come from, so many books like this don’t cover homosexual sex. It’s a book about reproduction.
When describing sex, Dawson uses slang like ‘special cuddle’, ‘making love’, and that sort of stuff. That’s what every author, and adult, do when they’re talking about sex and relationships to children. We all use different language, and this is Dawson’s.
The book then continues to explain what happens to the sperm and egg when the parents are making love. It also covers different ways adults have children.
There’s a drawing of a mother getting an artificial pregnancy, and a page about parents adopting. There’s also good information about how babies develop in the womb. For example; twins. How sometimes they look alike, and sometimes they don’t.
There are also a few pages on what makes a baby boy or girl. This book doesn’t discuss intersex babies or anything along those lines, but I don’t know any books that do. Books play it safe.
Towards the end, most of the information is about during and after labor; how babies are born, how sometimes people may need surgery to get the baby removed, and how babies might feed. That’s all of it.
So That’s Where I come from is not a bad book. It discusses where babies come from with lots of details and information.
As I said, it is being updated in 2019 so I will have another look at it then.
I hope this helps, cheers.