Title: The Baby Tree
Author: Sophie Blackall
Recommended for: children ages 4-8 and their parents
Pages: unpaged (probably about 32 pages)
Call Number/Link: E BLACK
Synopsis: 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 chance to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.
Comments: I wonder how many patrons will borrow this “cute book about babies” and get more than they bargained for. It isn’t clear from the whimsical cover that it actually provides sex education
When the child asks various adults where babies come from, their responses to his question include the idea that people plant a seed and it turns into a Baby Tree, babies come from the hospital, a stork delivers them, and that they come from eggs.
When he finally asks his parents, they explain the truth in an age-appropriate way.
This is a good source of information for parents to share with children, but parents might want to pre-read the book before reading it out loud to their kids.