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,
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.
The birth of a baby\x97"the one and only ever you"\x97causes 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.
On The Night You Were Born
I purchased this book in hardcover for my Granddaughter. After reading it in the bookstore and wrapping it, I sent it off to her in Ohio. The illustrations and story stayed with me for days requiring a re-read.
I downloaded it. Read the story again and again.
It is a beautiful way to tell children just how special they are to everyone and how much they are loved through nature, daily events and places visited (such as the zoo)
The more you read to your child the more they will learn and want to read themselves. Not to mention the closeness shared by reading out loud.
All children want to know what it was like the night that they were born...and how special and unique they are. It's all right here!
When my Granddaughter comes to visit me I can read all of the stories to her that I have sent in the past. It will make her feel more at home, closer to me and oh so loved!
Amazing book!! My daughter and nephew are enchanted by this book!