The Baby Project

The Baby Project

Book - 1986
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Eleven-year-old Jessica is excited about her new class project. She gets to research the animal of her choice and, with her best friend and project partner Margaret, give a multimedia presentation on the subject in front of the entire class. Then, at a family meeting, Jessica's engineer mom announces that she's pregnant. Her two older brothers, wrapped up in their own adolescent lives, take the news in stride but Jessica is thrilled, and so is Margaret. The two girls quickly decide that instead of researching the duck-billed platypus for their project, they'll study babies. But despite all of their reading, research, and discussion, Jessica and her family are still unprepared for the drastic changes little Lucie brings to their lives, leaving them touched and forever changed. Tender, moving, remarkably realistic, and laced with refreshing humor throughout, this beautifully written novel is reminder of the strength that can be found in an ordinary family.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, 1986
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9780888999184
Characteristics: 144 pages


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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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