Blackall, Sophie – The Baby Tree

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  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD810L
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257186


Cleverly revealing the basics of reproduction in an age-appropriate way, award-winning Sophie Blackall has created a beautiful picture book full of playful details to amuse and engage readers.

Sooner or later, every child will ask, Where do babies come from? Answering this question has never been this easy or entertaining! Join a curious little boy who asks everyone from his babysitter to the mailman, getting all sorts of funny answers along the way, before his parents gently set him straight.

Rationale for Inclusion: Eventually, we will all be in the position of being asked by a little “Where do babies come from?” The inevitability of this question is only overshadowed by each adult’s unique ineptitude at answering it appropriately. Fortunately, children’s books make a fantastic reprieve for parents and caregivers–and Sophie Blackall’s masterpiece is so exceptional at explaining the uncomfortable facets of human reproduction, that it feels like cheating. I would advise every children’s library to have a copy of this in their collection. The illustrations are beautiful, and the answers that each character gives to the age old question “where do babies come from?” (the stork, the abby tree, etc) accompany some fantastical artwork fit for framing. After the children in the book are sufficiently confused by the answers of all their friends and various trustworthy adults, there is a page which explains the reproductive systems of men and women, and gently discusses the process of egg fertilization. This information page is at the very back, which provides the caregiver the ability to disclose whatever amount of information they prefer.

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