The Baby Tree

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall.
Nancy Paulsen Books,
an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group,

2014.

Our library bag is incredibly full right now.  There are lots of grown-up, YA, and big kid books that all came in at once, and I'm worried about getting to them all.  There are tons of picture books, because I requested every new release that interested me.  This is one of those picture books, because if it has Sophie Blackall's name on it, I want to see it!  We love her in this house as the illustrator of Ivy & Bean, as well as the artist behind some amazing picture books.

For the record, in case you're wondering, no one in our family is expecting a baby, least of all me.  After two days of The New Baby, it just seemed logical to follow with this one.



And this book is adorable.

The little boy in the story is having a typical little boy morning, when his parents tell him their big news:  they're going to have a new baby.



Well, the little guy is full of questions, but it's time to head to school!

He goes on to ask various people where babies come from.  Olive, the teenager walking him to school, tells him that you plant a seed, and it grows into a baby tree.  His teacher hurriedly tells him, "from the hospital," before changing the subject.  His grandpa was in the hospital recently, so he asks him.  Grandpa tells him about the stork.  The boy even asks the poor mail carrier, who tells him he thinks babies come from eggs.


Finally, the kiddo asks his mom and dad.



The book explains things in very simple terms, appropriate for a small child.  A seed from the dad is planted in an egg inside the mom, and the baby grows there for 9 months until it runs out of room.  Sometimes babies are born at home, they say, but usually in a hospital.  The little boy realizes that most of the stories were true, in a way:  a seed, a hospital, an egg...  There's a very sweet punchline involving Grandpa's story.  On the last page, there is some very useful advice about answering the most common questions about where babies come from.  Very well done.


And you must check out the book trailer, because it is darling.



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Comments

  1. SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tree full of BABEEEEEEEEZ! that's totally where I think babies come from now.

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    1. It's darling! And I don't really do the text justice here. It's so cute. Seriously.

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  2. Oh what a darling book and trailer! SUPER cute!!!

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    1. I love this one! I read it twice today, in fact. The girls love the pictures.

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  3. Precious and SO glad you said something 'cause I was starting to wonder. ;)

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    1. Ha! Yeah, I thought I'd better throw that disclaimer out there. I am DONE. ;)

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  4. Oooo...this looks so cute! I'm about to have a baby (welll, HOPEFULLY, at least) and so this is timely for us...thank you!

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  5. Ha! I was starting to wonder if you were having another baby!

    Sophie Blackall's illustrations are adorable.

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  6. Hahaha! I was wondering as well after seeing this post if you were expecting a wee little one! So many baby cuteness posts! I must admit the clock is ticking for me and I am having major baby craving but I don't think it's reasonable to have another one. Sigh. Oh well, I should console myself with these adorable baby books!

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    1. I wouldn't mind another baby, but I don't think I could handle another pregnancy. And I have no idea where we'd put another kiddo without moving, and I don't think that's in the cards right now. It's okay. I have little nieces, and I want to find a job when school starts again. :)

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  7. I was just posting The Baby Tree on Pinterest when I saw you had a whole blog post on Sophie Blackall. Wow! and I love your website. I just reviewed The Baby Tree on my new blog, https://librarianlou.wordpress.com/-I included the movie too. I also just reviewed her new Caldecott book, Finding Winnie. It's amazing! I just signed up to follow you on Bloglovin.

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    1. Thank you so much! Heading over to your blog soon. Sophie Blackall is a favorite of ours. :)

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