Thursday, December 18, 2014

THE BABY TREE by Sophie Blackall.  New York:  Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014. 32p. ISBN 978-0399-25718-6  $17.99 hc.   Gr. K-3     E PIC

The cover of this book has a literal visualization of a tree sprouting babies which makes you want to see what this story is about.  The young protagonist gets the news from his parents that a new baby is on the way, which starts the ever popular question that all children wnt to know, "Where do babies come from?"  He gets very clever, but evasive, answers from his babysitter, his teacher, Grandpa, and the mailman, before returning to his parents for the real story.  It turns out that all the answers held an element of the truth and had to be connected together.  The text is just right for any curious kid and the illustrations, also by Blackall, are soft and chalky and imaginative. What a great way to welcome a sibling into the home.
Lynette Suckow, Director, Superiorland Preview Center

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