The Baby Tree – Book & Print #Giveaway

by Dawn

5M4B disclosure

theBabytree-221x300It’s an inevitable rite of parenthood– answering the age-old question, “Where do babies come from?” Accomplished author/illustrator Sophie Blackall tackles this question in a beautifully rendered new picture book, The Baby Tree.

Now, let me tell you that I absolutely love this book. I’m already a huge fan of Blackall’s illustrative style, ink and watercolor pictures with a soft quality that immediately conveys tenderness. In this story, a young boy’s parents tell him that a new baby will soon be joining their family, and in his surprise, he is unable to respond immediately with anything other than asking for more cereal. Only later does he realize that he has a question, and he decides to ask a few other people in his life. He poses the question, “Where do babies come from?” first to his babysitter, then his teacher, followed by his grandfather, and finally, his mailman. The answers that he gets vary, and he ends up more confused than ever.


Thankfully, the boy’s parents respond to his question with respect and love, providing factual information that is appropriate to his developmental level and easy to understand. Following the story is another page for parents to read as guidance or with their children to provide more specific, kid-friendly information about human development. As a parent, I’ve always been quite forthright with my own kids’ questions, using real terminology with them from a young age about body parts and answering their questions with true information at a level they could understand. As the parent of a teenager now, I’m a huge advocate for on-going, open chats rather than one big “talk.” As an educator, I truly appreciate the developmental appropriateness of this book, especially because it manages to be both entertaining and factual, a great story alongside Blackall’s beautiful illustrations.

My eight-year-old daughter and I especially enjoyed this book, and we recorded some of our reactions in a video full of giggles, in the style of the official book trailer video (which definitely made us laugh, too!).

Enter to Win

Our giveaway today is two-fold, and I couldn’t be more excited for the potential winner. Not only will the winner receive a copy The Baby Tree, but the prize also includes a custom Sophie Blackall print, chosen from one of these eight designs, with the option to personalize with a name. Enter using the widget below. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, please.



Also, be sure to:

· Visit the author’s website

· Follow Penguin Kids on Twitter and Facebook

Email Author    |    Website About Dawn

When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

View all articles by

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Denise M June 18, 2014 at 9:50 am

how adorable! I would love to win because i am expecting our second child and my first is all about babies right now


2 anne June 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

This would be meaningful, important and extremely beautiful to own and introduce to the children.


3 anne stewart June 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Would love to win for my toddler! :) Thank you!


4 Darlene Sullins June 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I’d like to win because I know my daughters would love this! :D


5 Angela Saver June 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I would love to win this for my daughter as she would enjoy it!


6 kathy dalton June 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm



7 Vivian Sun June 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I would love to share this book with my kids!


8 vickie couturier June 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

id like to win to have this at my house to read to the grandkids


9 latanya June 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Our family would enjoy this book


10 Cindy Ray June 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I would love to win this fo my daughter I think she would love this


11 Crystal Rose June 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm

This would make an adorable gift for my friend.


12 Terra Heck June 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

This looks like a darling book and would make a nice gift for my expectant friend. Thanks.


13 nickie June 20, 2014 at 1:55 am

I think this would make a great gift for a expecting friend.


14 Kim Whitman June 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

We would love to win because this is one of our favorite books. We’re expecting a new baby in our household so this is read over and over and over again. :) It would be so lovely to have our own copy. Thank you for the chance. :)


15 Christy June 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I’d love to win because the book looks adorable and I’m pregnant. My 5 year old is very excited about the baby and I think this would be fun to read with her.


16 Stacey b June 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I want to win because this looks very cute and would be a great gift for my daughter.


17 Marlen June 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I would like to win this book and print because my son is at the age where he is starting to ask these same questions =) And I have a new grandbaby on the way. the print would be awesome in the nursery.


18 Stephanie Hanes June 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

So cute! I’m 32 weeks pregnant with our rainbow baby and this would be so fun to display!


19 Kara Griggs June 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

I would love to win because my daughter would like it.


20 Cassandra Eastman June 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I’d love to win for my 5 and 2 year old who are full of questions!


21 Wehaf June 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

This would be the perfect gift for my friend who is trying for her second; it would be something for the big sister and a lovely piece of nursery art, too.


22 Rachel June 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I love children’s books!


23 Maria B June 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I would love to win for my cousin who having her first baby.


24 danielle June 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Would love to win for my toddler


25 Nannypanpan June 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Because I recently had a baby and it would be good for my son to know where it came from


26 Lara Clinton June 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm

This is a great book to have for kids to learn more about where they came from, I’d love it for myself or as a gift!


27 heather June 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I want to win this one for my friends little one for her birthday.


28 Donna Marie June 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I’d like to win because I know my girls would love this!


29 Heather B June 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

My youngest son and I love finding new books to read. We would love the chance to read this one!


30 Amanda June 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I’d love to win cuz this book looks super cute and it’d be a great one to add to the collection!


31 Mihaela Day July 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I’d like to win because I know my daughters would love this


32 tina reynolds July 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

looks cute to read share with my kiddos


33 Donna M. Clark July 2, 2014 at 1:30 am

I would like to win this because my oldest is just starting to ask questions that I am still not sure how I am going to answer.


34 Sand July 2, 2014 at 1:54 am

I would love to win this because it looks like a lovely book.


35 christy colln July 2, 2014 at 3:34 am

I’d love to win because I am currently pregnant with my first little one :)


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: