PPBF: The Baby Tree

Here’s my Perfect Picture Book Friday choice:


The Baby Tree

Author and Illustrator Sophie Blackall

Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014


Suitable for: ages 5-8

Themes: Siblings, Where do babies come from? (Conception, Birth)

Opening Lines: from a really cute double spread with multiple images —
After I wake up and after I get out of bed, after I wake Dad and wake up Mom and waked up Dad again, and after I get dressed and feed Brian, we have breakfast.

Synopsis: (from the book summary) After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a change to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.

Link to resources: The book contains a single page on “Answering the Question Where Do Babies Come From?” If your child has more questions after reading the book, go into this page. There is also an answer on adoption and for babies with two moms or two dads.

Why I like this book: I can’t recall where the book was mentioned now (horrible I know!), but it was truly a delight to receive this in my last pile of library books. It pulls so many pieces of the baby puzzle together for a child. The young, boy narrator pulls the pieces together to make a great story. This story is filled with an assortment of characters, who each contribute a piece to the baby puzzle. The Baby Tree is perfect in many ways. Enzo and I enjoyed this. He asked me to read it again. However, he did not ask for a new baby. Yay! The illustrations are very lovely. My favorites are the baby tree and the babies at the hospital. The mailman’s facial expression is hilarious. That one may be more for the parent reader!

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20 thoughts on “PPBF: The Baby Tree

    • I’m glad this title bubbled up in my travels on the Internet, so i could highlight it. I really love the story and the blending of so many characters.

  1. What a great book. I love that cover. Need to check it out as a gift. When I was kid, I don’t remember questioning where babies came from — I was the eldest of four. And, at that time families were larger and everyone’s mother was pregnant. So babies came from tummies. Will check this out for daughter-in-law.

  2. Perhaps you saw it on the Picture Book Month site? That’s where it caught my eye. So glad you’ve reviewed it. If not, definitely check out Sophie’s article on why picture books are impotant. I loved it.

  3. Hehe – it was in my pile too, Stacey – and I couldn’t remember what caused me to request it either. Must be something we are doing or have done together? Could it have been on Mira Reisberg’s blog, perhaps? Or something from PiBoIdMo? ANYhow – I liked it too – LOVED the ending – gave me and my 11-year-old quite the giggle.