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On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced.Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman's masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved....

Title : On the Night You Were Born
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ISBN : 9780312601553
Format Type : Board Book
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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On the Night You Were Born Reviews

  • Jenn Robertson
    2019-04-20 04:02

    My daughter was born 4 months premature and only weighed 11 ounces. The doctors had never seen a baby like her survive, and didn't give us much hope. The only thing I could do for my daughter was read to her hoping that it would comfort her in some small way. I remember standing in Barnes and Nobles just days after I was released from the hospital looking for something to read her and came across this book. I stood there and read this...and I bawled. The message that you are a one of a kind miracle just touched me so much. So I bought this book and read it nearly everyday of her 14 month hospitalization determined that she was a wonder and no one but her could pull off all she went through. Three years later, my daughter is indeed a miracle. She survived the impossible and is healthy, happy little girl now. I still read this to her for she is indeed "Fearfully and wonderfully made".

  • KatLynne
    2019-05-14 06:48

    This book has been a favorite for many years at our house. It conveys how special and wanted each child is and celebrates their uniqueness. On a certain page I whisper each of my little grands names, and from 7 yrs down to the 12 month old, they love it! Highly recommend!An excerpt:....."On the night you were born, the moon shone with such wonderthat the stars peeked into see youand the night wind whispered,'Life will never be the same.'Because there had never beenanyone like you...ever in the world.So enchanted with you were the wind and the rainThat they whispered the sound of your wonderful name."

  • Joe Hess
    2019-05-04 02:47

    I was at Sam's Club last Christmas, lamenting how the year's business allowed us precious little room for gift giving, even though we had made the promise to ourselves to only send gifts to the children in our lives, when this book reeled me in. Out of the hordes of stacks one typically finds there, it somehow magically drew my attention (c'mon, how do you not notice a pair of dancing polar bears?), I read it, and a grown man cried in a budget emporium. Snatched it right up along with It's Time to Sleep, My Love, which was illustrated by the author of this book, an amazing child's author named Nancy Tillman. The two books were my daughter's Christmas presents from me last year, and I have read one or both of these books every night at bedtime to her ever since, our first daughter/father tradition. And that's just what makes this such a gift. The illustrations are touching, maybe not the sort of artwork that you'd expect at the MFA, but it does the expected task of catching a child's attention and fascination, and I find it returns a Rockwellian gentleness that is so sorely lacking in our world these days. The story? Well, I'd like to call attention to two other reviews here for perspective, one by Jenn Robertson and one by Adina Cappell. Jenn's review clearly shows that she sees the magic of the book, that it affirms the unique beauty of a child whose hold on life at an early age was tenuous, and if you share the same view that a child should be celebrated at every moment, no matter how difficult the moment or how sappy the celebration, then you will love this book. Adina, on the other hand, well, let's just say I won't be inviting her to any children's birthday parties any time soon. Not critiquing her right to choose how to treat a child, but she clearly is more of the "We should get our children prepared for the realities of life" crowd, and as such a story of giddy celebration of life is rendered moot, and if you're of a like mind, this is clearly not the book you want the children in your life to grow up reading. I choose to celebrate the precious life we've been given, to be silly and grateful for the time I am given with my daughter, and the reading of this story is a cherished moment in my day. My daughter loves it too, at first she was uncooperative about being read to, but as the routine grew so did her attitude towards it, and now when I pull the books out her face lights up and she forgets whatever she was doing, it's now daddy and daughter time. It has made our bedtime routine much easier to slip into, I usually give her one book to thumb through while I read her the other, and though she enjoys playing with the book given to her, she is clearly glued to the story being read, and more often than not, once I'm done reading to her, she either takes the book from my hand and gives it to mommy to read, or she takes the other book and gives it to one of us to read. Either way, her appreciation for reading time is clearly there, which is exactly what we seek to accomplish with storytime. The only downside to these wonderful books is trying to take them away from her after storytime is done, she knows that putting the books away means the end of storytime and she does not let that time end without a fight!To sum up, this book is not just about the heartwarming celebration of children, it's a terrific tradition creator, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality read to pass down the generations!

  • Adina Cappell
    2019-04-26 06:09

    This is the literary equivalent of "your call is very important to us." Basically, you're supposed to madly lib the child's name, and the kid is subsequently meant to understand that she's so extraordinary, that the geese honk all morning and the bears dance all night, and "heaven" plays all kinds of trumpets and horns to commemorate the day of [fill in]'s glorious birth. There are surely better ways for children to feel special and loved, to appreciate the wondrous beauty of the natural world, and to develop the self-esteem to realize their passions and talents. Children are more clever than we think, and the eventual disappointment of narcissism unbound is not conducive to their emotional development. The trick in life is to learn to be happy, productive, and grateful, while still realizing, as Chuck Palahniuk says, We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are."

  • Hannah Notess
    2019-05-09 09:00

    Too much text in the text-to-picture ratio, and the message is "all the animals and nature and stuff care about you, because you are the center of the universe." Sorry, sweet baby, they don't, and you aren't. Pictures are quite lovely, though.

  • Marie
    2019-04-27 01:55

    This is one of the most wonderfully inspirational books I have ever read! musn't forget to encourage our 'very young people' to read and to appreciate the beauty of the traditional BOOK. Nancy Tillman's series does just that.On the Night You Were Born is beautifully done. The prose is poetically preciousOn 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."and the illustrations are breathtaking. A first time grandmother, I was looking for the perfect introduction to books for the 9mo. old (They're never to young!). I 'discovered' Nancy Tillman while rummaging through a Barnes and Noble (brick and mortar) store. The cover illustration and title caught my eye and I sat weeping as I travelled through the pages of this book.This is a lovely heartwarming book for children but really for anyone of any age. I've always given books to my own daughters and I know baby's mother will just love sharing this with her own and as many baby's as she can.

  • Erica
    2019-04-30 04:12

    Am I the only one creeped out by the worshipful tone of this book?

  • Meagan
    2019-05-03 05:01

    I like the idea behind this book, but I think the message is overdone. We certainly celebrate, love, and cherish our son, but contrary to the message of this book, he is not the center of the universe. We don't want him to think he is, because so often that sentiment turns to self-centeredness and a disregard for others.

  • Brandi
    2019-05-16 10:10

    My sweet midwife gave this book to my 5th baby. I can't help getting choked up each time I read it. The book fit his birth so well too. I love the musical words and lovely pictures. My children love this book, as do I!The book is a beautiful way to tell your child that they are special, and his/her life was celebrated at birth.

  • Maria Carmo
    2019-05-10 09:01

    A marvellous book for children! And for their parrents! A celebration of LIFE and LOVE...

  • Amber
    2019-05-01 08:01

    "On the Night You Were Born" is a picture book by Nancy Tillman. This book received the Mom's Choice Award for the Best Inspirational Children's Picture Book by the Just For Mom Foundation. It is intended for children from birth to 2 years (N). "On the Night You Were Born" is a picture book about just that. This book rhymes the story of what happened when “you” were born. How “your” name sailed through the world until wind, rain, farmland, ocean and trees knew that the world had changed because you had come into it. The polar bears danced, the geese flew home, the moon stayed up until morning. I rated this book 5 stars mainly because I remember reading it to my son before bed for the first time when he was about a month old and it moved me so much it brought me to tears.The illustrations in this book are stunning. They are bright and vividly colored and fit perfectly with the books rhymes. There are also faint inspirational messages incorporated into almost every picture. On the night you were born also encourages interaction. Prompting you to say your name and wiggle your toes. The language is used in the book is sweet, motherly and nurturing. I still read it to my son even though he’s almost 2 and it still makes me cry.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-19 06:02

    I was riveted by the illustrations, and I think young kids will want to interact with them. Hence, it would be useful if there were a board book edition of this book. Some of the illustrations seem to come right off the page when viewed.I love the idea of nature (including animals, plants, the wind, the moon) celebrating the birth of a child, and celebrating joyfully that unique child.I could have done without the zoo bears; the “wild” polar bears were sufficient for bears’ participation, in my opinion. The (somewhat fantastical) natural world depicted in this book felt magical.I think this is a sweet book for very young kids, but even some slightly older children will enjoy it.This isn’t the best book for group story time because at one point in the book part of the reading is to say aloud the name of the child who’s having the book read to them. Saying two or even a few names to mention all the children in a family would work, but ideally this will be read to one child at a time.

  • Candice
    2019-05-06 02:15

    I have seen this book in stores and love the dancing polar bears on the cover. Now that I've read the book, it's on my list of gifts to give. It would be perfect as a gift for a new baby, but also for a birthday gift and to someone who's a bit down and needs to be reminded of how special they are, for that's what this book is all about. When I read it I was taken back almost seven months to the night that Sophie was born - a special night and a very special little girl. The rhyming text conveys the love that we feel when a new baby enters our lives. The illustrations are colorful and sweet. As you read the book to a child one of the pages says "The sound of your name is a magical one. Let's say it our loud before we go on." That little couplet helps to make the book as special as the child to whom it's being read.

  • Maria
    2019-05-15 03:06

    The 411 by Maria:A stunning reminder of how unique and wonderful we all are, in our very own way.On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman is a poetic, masterpiece of how unique everyone is and how the universe loves you even when you forget just how amazing you are.The colorful pages create a dreamy, beautiful world around the loving words that any parent feels for a child but also to everyone who lacks self esteem. When I read this to my children, I had to force my voice not to quiver, as the words expressed my deep, undying love for them. The book I received also had a CD containing the story set to enchanting piano music adding to the beauty of the story.Look for this book and more on my Holiday Gift Guide.

  • Devon Hernandez
    2019-05-20 08:16

    It's been 8 months. I never got a chance to buy one book for Asher. I went to B&N tonight for a different book and this one caught my eye in line for checkout. I took it as a sign to pick it up and read it, not without hard-to-swallow hesitation. My eyes filled up reading it and I took it with me to put with my treasures and memories. Maybe one day I'll get to read it to another precious child. "So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain That they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.The sound of your name is a magical one. Let's say it out loud before we go on."Asher Robert HernandezAnd the ending..."Heaven blew every trumpetAnd played every hornOn the wonderful, marvelousNight you were born."

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-01 07:06

    Thank you, Chandra, for recommending this. I, too, would probably have stayed away from it as it sounds too cloying and commercial--but it's not! It's really sweet and touching and I probably would love it even more if I were already a parent. As it is, I think it's a wonderful way to make children feel like special individuals--the fact that the moon and wind and animals celebrate the child's life would have totally appealed to me as a kid, since I loved animals and the idea of them celebrating me would be just too cool! ;-)

  • Darby
    2019-05-19 06:04

    This is one of the most beautiful books for children I have ever read. It is an extraordinary story of why each of us is unique and how the world reacted when we were born. I bought this for each of my boys for their most recent birthday. I will give it as a gift for both birthdays and for births.

  • Bekka
    2019-05-03 02:13

    I liked the illustrations, but how does it not make a child narcissistic?

  • Christa
    2019-05-10 03:13

    Cool book if you want your kid to think the world revolves around them. Too bad about the message; the style and illustrations are lovely.

  • Arnetha
    2019-05-15 02:16

    Excellent book! My grandson love this book. I have to read it to him over and over and over again. When I read it to him I put his name in different areas, that make him so happy he just smiles

  • Elaine Mullane
    2019-05-10 07:55

    This is just one of the books we picked up for our two littles this Christmas. I knew this was a New York Times bestseller but it didn’t seem to be that popular here in Ireland as far as I was concerned. On the inside cover is a quote from the Bible: “You are fearfully and wonderfully made...”, which did make me a little skeptical. However, as you read on, it becomes clear that this book is a sweet little story about the true uniqueness that is present in every child. It is so tender and touching, and the illustrations are beautiful. Every time I read this I feel like I am making time to tell my children just how wonderful they are and how special they are to me. An adorable tribute to children and the happiness they bring into the world.

  • Heather Tyminski
    2019-05-17 05:11

    Overly sappy and ridiculous. The attempt at poetry falls flat. For genuine sentiment, pick up Munch's Love You Forever.

  • Lori Tatar
    2019-05-03 09:47

    Beautiful words, beautiful illustrations

  • Scott
    2019-05-15 06:06

    A nice little tale about uniqueness of children, teaching them to be proud of who they are.

  • Qurat
    2019-05-02 04:06

    The night you were born is an enchanting tale ‘on the night you were born’. Not only do Geese fly home to celebrate, but polar bears also dance. This book celebrates the unique wonder of children through the rhythmic beat of some word’s. The beat enables the read to image the story as a calm song, and creates a scene of love and children being special. This book is suitable for 4 year olds and can be used by family as well as teachers during story time. This is an amazing and powerful book that gives emphasis on the uniqueness of every child. A calm and loving atmosphere may be created by this book which gives children the message that not only are they special, but they are also loved. This book can be used in Music lessons, where children are asked to sing the sentences that rhyme. Although the video of the story being played is a great resource to be used for visual learners, children can become creative and create their own short sentences expressing their thoughts and feelings. As an extension, there can be an attempt to write slightly longer sentences or pictures that portray celebration and happiness. This will help children identify and recognise different writing purposes as well as different tones and language used. For example, language in this book depicts a soft and peaceful tone.

  • Lydia.walker
    2019-05-11 05:47

    Tillman’s On the Night You Were Born tells the reader of their own uniqueness and the significance of their person. We hear about celebrations the world over for such a monumental happening, the birth of the reader. In Fletcher’s What a Writer Needs, we discuss the role of unforgettable language as a tool of literary craft. The idea of polar bears dancing, of wind and rain whispering your name, the moon staying up through the night, all in the celebration of the reader’s birth creates a very vivid picture of a whole earth’s joy in your existence. The imagery allows for the delivery of a very powerful message. Due to the religious nature of this text, I would be hesitant to use it inside of a classroom, but to my own (non existent) children it serves as an example for exaggeration in imagery to tell a large scale version of a celebration of uniqueness that should be very real, and could be applicable in the exaggeration of other stories.

  • Josiah
    2019-04-26 10:04

    I would give two and a half stars to this beautifully rendered book. Nancy Tillman's gently reassuring words of always-love are graceful and find their mark in the hearts and minds of receptive readers. There definitely is a lot of potential in the pages of this book, and ahead in the writing future of Nancy Tillman. Look for this book if you want a tender bonding experience with a young loved one, or to reaffirm in your own mind the reality of your love for another, or of their love for you.

  • Annie Baker
    2019-04-19 03:10

    This is a beautiful book to celebrate the birth of a child. I bought this book for my niece who was just born last week and it made me cry when I read the words. It will even be meaningful as the child gets older because it reassures them that they are so special and loved in all the world that the whole world celebrates their very existence. It's very touching, beautiful symbolism, exquisite pictures. I recommend this book as a gift for any child that means the world to you. It even includes a Bible verse which is the reference for the entire the book. Can't go wrong with this one.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-30 01:50

    We found this book at the Read-to-Me tent at the National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC and just had to sit down and read it together. Our oldest picked this book out and she really loved the poetry. I thought that some of the verses were forced, but overall, it was a sweet book with entertaining illustrations. It would be a great book to read at bedtime. We enjoyed reading it together.

  • Rachael
    2019-05-06 08:51

    This book remind me of Little You by Richard Van Camp, a children's book that also cherishes a young child, but something about the message in this book seemed off. Whereas Little You is more focused on the parent's experience of having a new baby, On the Night You Were Born, suggests that all the animals and pretty much the whole entire universe is thrilled that the reader was born. This seems to be a very popular book but I'm not sure this is a message I want to impart on my kid.