As a mother, I relish those rare, heart-to-heart conversations I have with my son. And I always tell him the truth. ("Can I have another cookie?" "No...they're all gone." "Did you just say a bad word?" "Definitely not, I said SHIP! I thought I saw a ship.") But I am rather dreading the "birds and bees" convo and am hoping my husband is the lucky one to field this particular query. Or, better yet, I think I'll just let author/illustrator Sophie Blackall handle this one. Her new book The Baby Tree tackles this tricky topic in a way that is factual, age-appropriate and charming.