The Baby Project

The Baby Project

Book - 2009
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Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Jessica knew that the family meeting Dad had called for that evening probably wouldn't be good news. Family meetings usually meant Mum talking a lot and then the whole family getting involved in some project that left everything in a mess until they gradually forgot about it.

But at school that day, Jessica forgot about the meeting. A teacher announced a new class project: They were to choose partners, pick an animal to study and present a paper. Jessica's partner would be her best friend, Margaret. And so it was Margaret whom Jessica called with the tremendous news from the family meeting: Mum was pregnant. Margaret was nearly as excited as Jessica, and very quickly the two of them decided that instead of studying the duck-billed platypus for the school project, they would study babies. But all their reading, discussions and research did not prepare Jessica or her family for the drastic changes baby Lucie would bring to their lives.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780888999184
Characteristics: 142 p. ;,19 cm.


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Mallory_MPL Mar 16, 2011

I did a book report on The Baby Project in grade 8, and it ended up being one of those books I often think of. Beautifully written and powerfully moving the Baby Project is a story for the ages.

Jessica is excited to hear that she will soon become a big sister. She decides to base her class project on her new little sister, Lucie, and begins before she is even born. Parts of the project include reading him stories and singing songs while she is still in the womb. Tragic events cause our heroin to turn her back on this project, breaking the heart of the reader.

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