On the Night You Were Born [Board Book]
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On the Night You Were Born [Board Book]

By Nancy Tillman

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Format: Hardback, 28 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 01 January 2009

Product Description

On the night you were born, the moon smiles with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, 'Life will never be the same'. With clear, poetic text and soothing pictures, On the Night You Were Born celebrates the birth and worth of every wondrous child. A superb parent-and-child bedtime read-aloud; a soothing tone for the holidays.

EAN: 9780312601553
ISBN: 0312601557
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Dimensions: 16.51 x 16.26 x 1.78 centimeters (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years

About the Author

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You, The Spirit of Christmas and Tumford the Terrible. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.


K-Gr 2-Rhyming text extols and celebrates the uniqueness of a newborn. "Because there had never been anyone like you-ever in the world." As the news of the birth travels, creatures around the world celebrate. "When the polar bears heard, they danced until dawn." "-the geese flew home." "Heaven blew every trumpet-." The text sits on white pages opposite large, richly colored illustrations. The moon appears in all of the paintings-as reassuring as the text's sentiment. Golden musical notes float across the sky as white polar bears dance and giraffes sway to the sounds of the moon's saxophone. The dark blue night skies make a beautiful and dramatic setting for this special night. The painterly art and poetic quality of the text make this an attractive book. Parents and grandparents are most likely to appreciate it, but they will undoubtedly want to share it with a child.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

The birth of a baby-"the one and only ever you"-causes jubilation throughout creation in this quietly celebratory picture book from newcomer Tillman. Polar bears dance, giraffes weave to the sound of brass horns, and "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.' " Tillman successfully sidesteps the soft-focus sappiness that can accompany this genre. Her writing has the authenticity of whispered conversation; occasionally, she pauses in her exaltations of the baby to address the subject directly: "I think I'll count to three so you can wiggle your toes for me." Her strong, assured paintings truly set this book apart. The pictures subtly radiate golden glints of moonlight, and her almost sculptural rendering style gives her characters a hefty physicality that counterbalances the ethereal sentiments being expressed. Although one suspects that grown-ups will be most taken with the topic and treatment, this is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

-This is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy.- --Publishers Weekly-A beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of every child.- --Kirkus Reviews-Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are.- --Booklist-Rhyming text extols and celebrates the uniqueness of a newborn.- --School Library Journal

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Gail De Santis on
This book is such a joy! I gave it to my grandson on the night he was born, and still can't read it without a tear in my eye, nor can his mummy! It is a special book that will stay in the heart and mind of my grandson all his life!
Anonymous on
A beautiful story of how your world changed the day your babe was born. PERFECT baby shower/ baby gift!
Susan lietke on
The most delightful little story.
I looked for it on the net after hearing about it from a friend who bought the book for her Grand daughter.
I did too.
Thank you.
Emma Oliver on
This is such a beautiful story. I am going to buy more copies for friends children. Such warmth in the writing and love.

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