Written by: Nancy Tillman
Illustrated by: Nancy Tillman
Age Range: 2 and up
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
“On the Night You Were Born” begins with the night the reader entered this world. The book describes how the world changed for the better because you’re in it. The sound of your name is so magical and beautiful the wind whispers it all across the world until everyone has heard it.
Polar bears danced and the moon stayed up until morning. On the night you were born “everyone knew of the one and only you.”
What Worked For Me
It’s a simple yet important message: The child being read to, or reading the book, is unique and special. The world is not the same because they are in it. For adults like myself that can be cynical at times, it was actually a nice reminder to ensure my children know just how valued and special they are.
Anyone can enjoy the book, young children and grandparents alike. People of all ages will find value from this book.
For me, this book was a reminder of how precious a human life really is. It reminded me of when my daughter was so very close to being born prematurely at 22 weeks. Even when she’s headstrong (and a little frustrating), her life is an incredible gift. She is in fact “fearfully and wonderfully made.” I suspect this book will resonate with parents who have had to deal with loss or difficult situations with their children.
The book is encouraging and uplifting. It promotes the idea that each person is valuable and meant to be here.
What Didn’t Work For Me
The point of the book is to help your child understand they are special, but some of the examples are a bit extreme. I’m fairly certain animals didn’t dance all night because I was born. The same goes for my kids.
Children are very special, don’t get me wrong, but no child needs to think they’re the center of the universe. The book went a little far at times in that regard.
Important metric for parents! How it works: When your child requests the book for the third night in a row, how likely are you to want to jump head first through a wall?
I found myself feeling okay about re-reading the book multiple nights in a row. It’s a relatively quick read and promotes a positive message.
My kids really like the book and I enjoyed it as well. People of all ages can appreciate the story. I would recommend reading the book to your kids! They’ll love it and most likely light up when the book helps them to see how special they are.
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