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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books (June 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894965469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894965460
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 0.8 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone picking up Where You Came From expecting a scientifically solemn and medically correct account of the facts of life for pre-schoolers is in for a surprise. In this, a follow-up to Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad’s previous collaboration, When You Were Small, Mother and Father offer alternate replies to Henry’s recurring question, “Where did I come from?” Their fanciful responses touch delicately on many different baby myths, from the infant found in the bulrushes to delivery by fairies or a flock of crows (on a day the stork called in sick), from growing in the garden and falling from a star or spaceship to being carved from wood like Pinocchio. Each whimsical answer is given fondly, and many are quite funny. Lest an anxious adult reader feel that the child is being misled by fantasy, each playful account is contradicted by the other parent with an equally comical alternative, until at last the parents agree: “Your mother and I both dreamt you. And then you came true.... First there were two of us and then we were three.” Sara O’Leary has a supple style which conveys the fondness in the parents’ teasing, and rises to a moment of real poetry at the end. Her text is well matched with the gentle-coloured line drawings of Julie Morstad, which show baby Henry confidently beginning life in various absurd situations – even peering out of a mailbox, or balanced on top of tins of food on sale in the supermarket – innocent and ready to greet the world.

About the Author

<B>Sara O'Leary</B> is the co-creator with Julie Morstad of the Henry series: <I>When You Were Small, Where You Came From</I> and, most recently, <I>When I Was Small </I>(Simply Read Books).  She has worked as a literary columnist and is also a playwright and fiction writer.  A graduate of the UBC Masters program, she has taught Writing for Children and Screenwriting at Concordia University in Montreal.  She is currently living in a house by the sea in a small village in New Brunswick and working on a novel. <B>Julie Morstad</B> is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist known for her surreal, whimsical work. Julie has exhibited her work in galleries, animated two music videos with her brother, and filled up stacks of sketchbooks. She lives in Vancouver with her family.

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By M. Damgaard on April 7 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Where You Came From" is exceptional in that it is approachable for small children while still being so well-written and gently humorous that adults (well, such as me anyway) can't help but love it. The book begins with Henry asking where he came from; each following page is an explanation from his parents, alternating between his mother and his father (not verbatim, as I don't have it on hand just at the moment): the stork called in sick and you were delivered by a crow; your mother found you in a sale basket at the supermarket, and she couldn't figure out why you would be in the sale basket because there was absolutely nothing wrong with you; we were out walking and saw you way up in a tree, so your father climbed up to bring you down; your mother grew you in her garden, and the hardest part was waiting and trying not to pick you too soon; your father carved you out of wood until you looked just like a real boy; the fairies delivered you; you were dropped out of a spaceship; and so on until the simple-but-sweet finale, "now I remember - first we were two, and then we were three". The illustrations are vintage-style and GORGEOUS, and together with the beautiful text make for a book of such quality as is very rare these days.
Extremely highly recommended. BUY IT.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Very well-done! Nov. 26 2010
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I received this as a gift from my brother, and I fell in love with it. First, it honors our family's unspoken law that a child should be fed, along with fresh vegetables, a certain amount of harmless nonsense. Second, it honors (if only by omitting overt explanations to the contrary) families that may have been made in nontraditional ways. My sons both came to me through adoption, and I'm so pleased that this sweet story is just as resonant for us as for a family made through biology. It's well-done and beautifully illustrated, and printed with quality materials. All-around kudos.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lovely graphics and story... Jan. 14 2011
By Noelle Mori - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my daughter who is almost 4. She loves the drawings as well as the story itself which is basically a boy asking his parents where he came from. His parents respond with a variety of far fetched scenarios (floating down a river in a basket, in the sale food bin at the grocery store, etc. ). It's very cute and very nicely put together. I would definitely recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Story and Illusltrations Sept. 12 2011
By 510.Felicia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite children's stories... it's such a personal story of mother father and child. I love the illustrations, so delicate and simple!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! June 2 2009
By J. Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Such a darling book! My kids (4.5 years) love it and request it over and over! A keeper!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully written and illustrated Feb. 19 2010
By Nicole Mehl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was so excited for this book to arrive - and when it finally did I was the furthest from disappointed. Wonderful story, my son is still quite small but I look forward to curling up with him and sharing this treasure with him. I have my fingers crossed that O'Leary and Morstad get together for another book very soon - I will buy whatever they write/illustrate next!