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On the Night You Were Born

by Nancy Tillman

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On the Night you Were Born is a book that shows children, no matter what, they are loved. It focuses on that fact that everyone is their own person, and you are loved by all things around you. You are loved by geese, polar bears, and even the moon. I think this would be a great book to read to children because it will help them understand that there are so many things so be happy about. All children need to know that they are loved, and this book may help them understand. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 27, 2015 |
I never heard about this book before a friend gave my family a duplicate copy, and this is a shame. Nancy Tillman wrote a gorgeous story about the beauty and love of each special child born into this world. The story is framed in poetry to organize its text, but the author does it right. Yes, many of the sentences rhyme, but the rhythm of the words is fluid, organic, and the rhymes accentuate the lyricism instead of feeling forced. As to the content, it is dreamy and soothing, in keeping with the tone of the poetry. The book describes how natural phenomena were moved by the birth of the child, addressed in second person so the text can apply to any child being read to, as animals and the moon and wind and stars gather to admire the tiny new baby. The author ends with exhorting the child to know that whenever she or he see the moon staying up until morning, or bears sleeping at the zoo, or hear geese honking in the sky, to know that all of it is indicative of how special and how loved the child is. This story is very touching, it actually brought me to the edge of crying.

As this is a picture book, the art is a big element, of equal weight with the text. The illustrations are bright and saturated, with plenty of shades of golden yellow and deep blue. They appear to be watercolors blended with other mediums (my artistic expertise is very amateur), and they evoke lullabies and the stunning beauty of glorious days and enchanting nights. I appreciated the music notes that float across many of the pages, in accord with the story line that the the magical and musical sound of the baby's name is whispered through the wind. The pictures perfectly complement the text. I also loved the Bible verse that starts the book (For you are fearfully and wonderfully made), and the small but bold note in the center of the blank page at the end of the book (You are loved). From start to finish this is a lovely book, not especially profound or deep, but brimming with love. I wish I had this book at the birth of my first daughter, but still am reading it to them even now, big girls that they are. ( )
1 vote nmhale | Feb 9, 2015 |
This beautifully written and illustrated children's book is a great read to young children about the uniqueness of the night he/she was born. Throughout every page their are musical notes that give this story a lyrical feel as we see polar bears dance, geese fly home, the moon stay up all night, and other "unique" things that can help the child about the special night he/she was born. Such a great book for parents to read to their children. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 15, 2014 |
This book is wonderful! A great gift to make every child feel loved & special. ( )
  teeney | Mar 14, 2014 |
This book is wonderful! A great gift to make every child feel loved & special. ( )
  teeney | Mar 14, 2014 |
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For you are fearfully and wonderfully made...Psalms 139
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To Tucker and Tess, who are fearfully and wonderfully made.
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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."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312346069, Hardcover)

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.”

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.

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:20 -0400)

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

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