Parents' Guide to

The Baby Tree

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Gentle, sensitive intro to where babies come from.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

The Baby Tree Parent Guide

A great way to trick your kids about where babies come from until they are old enough to know the truth.

Is It Any Good?

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Sophie Blackall is a crowd-pleasing illustrator who works in an appealing soft palette of watercolor and ink, and her storytelling in THE BABY TREE is just as inviting. The young boy narrator tells his story in a realistic kid's voice that rings true to his age and is lightly humorous. His school friends, and the babies that grow on the baby tree he imagines, are nicely multiracial. The information the parents provide him in the story itself is accurate but not overly graphic.

The implicit message for parents is: Answer the question honestly, but don't overwhelm kids with information they didn't necessarily ask for. At the end of the book, there's a page of text offering parents suggestions about language they might use to answer questions in greater depth.

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