On the Night You Were Born

On the Night You Were Born

Book - 2006
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The moon, wind, rain, and a variety of animals celebrate the special occasion that is the birth of a child.

McMillan Palgrave

A beautiful and poignant celebration of the birth—and worth—of every child.

On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered.
"Life will never be the same."

On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced.

On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world. Here is a book that celebrates you. It is meant to be carried wherever life takes you, over all the roads, through all the years.

This debut picture book by Nancy Tillman has touched the hearts of readers of all ages, from the youngest readers, to new mothers, to grandparents. A New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling book, On the Night You Were Born is sure to be a beloved addition to family libraries.

Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2006
ISBN: 9780312346065
Branch Call Number: JX FIC TIL
Characteristics: [34] p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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Apr 12, 2019

'On the Night You Were Born' allows the reader to celebrate the child to whom he is reading the book. It's gently yet beautifully done with words that lull and illustrations that are interesting. My favorite illustration is of the giraffes.

The birth of every baby is a reason for joy and the specialness of every individual is a reason to celebrate. Letting little children know that is a loving thing to do and, contrary to what too many claim, will not make them little narcissists but will make them feel loved, which is what every child deserves. How sad that some can't celebrate a child for a mere 32 pages of a wonderful book.

May 16, 2015

"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered 'Life will never be the same.'"

ILLUSTRATIONS: The pictures are paintings that are at times a little bit abstract with music notes raining down and a moon with a face looking down. They have a poetic and lyrical quality that follows the text.

THE GOOD: This book is based on the Bible verse in Psalms: For you are fearfully and wonderfully made. It is meant to celebrate a new life and the fact that every life is unique and like no other. And yes, I believe all of creation (such as the polar bear's dancing) celebrate with the creation of each new life as this is a way of praising God for his amazing work. Some reviewers have said this book can lead to making a child believe they are the center of the universe, but I disagree. This book talks about a child's uniqueness, not that they are better than anyone else (For never before has the world...known a you, my friend..."). And doesn't every child want to know they are special, unique, and loved just for being who they are?
THE NOT AS GOOD: Because the pictures are somewhat abstract, they may not hold the interest of the 2-4 age range.

RECOMMENDED AGE RANGE: Age 0-4. This book can be read to the 0-2 age range during cuddle time. What a wonderful way to convey love to your child even before he/she fully understands the words.

RitaLottaBooks Mar 14, 2012

This one's for the parents! A beautifully illustrated and touching book. A hard one to read without crying.

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Jun 26, 2014

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