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On the Night You Were Born Board book – Jan 19 2010

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Product Details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; Brdbk edition (Jan. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312601557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312601553
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 1.6 x 16.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.)
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Kindergarten-Grade 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
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Format: Hardcover
How reassuring, empowering, and life enhancing for a child to be told that he or she is so very special that "You are the one and only ever you." This is precisely what Nancy Tillman does in her beautifully illustrated picture book for the very young. Each page and full page color painting reenforces the idea of how unique and wonderful each person is.

Ms. Tillman opens her narrative with "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,' Because there had never been anyone like you...ever in the world."

As we reach the closing of this heartening story we are reminded that the world has never known "a you" and it never will again.

On the Night You Were Born is a celebration of our uniqueness as well as a validation of our worth. A wonderful reminder for all!

- Gail Cooke
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I originally got this for one of my other nephews but it was hardcover and not the huge cardboard chunky style of kids books.
This one is the huge cardboard style which I think tends to handle more wear with toddlers. I got this for my niece who has a new found obsession with the moon.
While she doesn't quite understand the words yet, she loves the images and loves pointing to the moon and other animals that she recognizes.
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By JSY on Jan. 30 2014
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This is a beautiful book. I bought it for my daughter when she was born and it made me cry. It is now my go-to book for baby showers.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a mother of two small girls (3 & 1) and I tell my girls that books are special treasures. There are many children's books that are favorites but I truly love this "treasure".

I make sure to read this story to each of my daughters on different occasions and I explain to them to listen carefully as the words are so powerful in showing how unique they are to the world and how creatures big and small celebrated their arrival.

This book also brings back so many special feelings the days my girls were born and how "my" world will never be the same.

I purchased two copies so that my daughters each have their own and love it so much that I will be purchasing copies for friends and/or family members that are expecting.
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Beautiful story & beautiful illustrations! Its a favorite for sure. Nancy Tillman is always a part of our bedtime routine!
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Format: Hardcover
this is a wonderful little book. I bought it for my son but this book seems a bit too long for my 8 month old. we read it and he actually enjoys the somewhat simple pictures but gets a little impatient near the end. perhaps in a few more months he will fully appreicate it.
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We first received this book as a gift when our child was born in "board book" form and loved it from the first time we read it. Now that our child is bigger but still loves this book, I felt that this copy allows us to still enjoy the book but not make our child feel like a baby like sometimes a board book can do. An amazing book about how the world changes when each baby is born and just how special they are.
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Love this book! Great for children of all ages.
Makes a great addition for a shower gift for a Mom to Be
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