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On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Updated on August 24, 2017

My Review of a great children's book On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

The most special day to every parent is that day when their own unique little child is born into this world. It is a day of wonder and amazement, a very unique day unlike any other in their life. On this special day, to them alone, has this little precious baby child been born, and there will never be another one in the entirety of time like this baby. On The Night You Were Born is a precious children's book about this very special little person brought into the world on this very special day.

This message is beautifully portrayed to be read to a little child with magical pictures and powerful words to teach them how unique and loved they are. "You are the one and only ever you," is stated in such a way as to allow your child to feel very special.

Nancy Tillman is an accomplished greeting card designer. She has a real talent for combining the poetry of her words with the most precious visual illustrations. In a very rich and beautiful way she has written this wonderful book that is much more than a great children's book, it is a rich compilation of jubilation that celebrates "the night you were born." Through her writing, she portrays this very special occasion in a way of wonderment that captures a child's attention, she writes: "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 again 'the sound of your wonderful name' sailed through sky, over the ocean, through the trees until everyone heard it. Your eyes, nose, and toes enchant polar bears, geese, and lady bugs. That wonderful night brought more music into the world.' A little child is told: "So when ever you doubt just how special you are and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far listen for the geese honking high in the sky. (They're singing a song to remember you by).

Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo.

(It's because they've been dancing all night for you!)

Or drift off to sleep at the sound of the wind.

(Listen closely it's whispering your name again!)

Your precious child will beg you to read this book to them over and over again. They will feel as special as they really are, and be reminded once again that "So when ever you doubt just how special you are and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far listen for the geese honking high in the sky. (Their singing a song to remember you by).

I highly recommend this great children's literary work as one that will never get old in your child's library, and one that will speak to them of how very special they really are. They will remember this story and hold it close to their hearts for a lifetime.

This book was recently given the 2005/2006 Mom's Choice Award for the Best Inspirational Children's Picture Book by the Just For Mom Foundation.

The prestigious "Mom's Choice Awards" designation is given to books and authors whose content and design are stellar and notable. Among the judges are the creators of The Reading Rainbow and Baby Einstein. The "Mom's Choice Awards" are intended to assist parents, teachers, and loved ones in choosing approved materials for their children.

About the Author:

NANCY TILLMAN is a successful greeting card designer and former advertising executive who created On the Night You Were Born to convey to children, at an early and impressionable age, that "You are the one and only ever you." She observes, "By using common events such as geese flying, ladybugs landing, and the moon up at morning to celebrate the birth of a child, it's my hope that even as children grow into adults, whenever they see these events they will be reminded of how valuable they are." Nancy Tillman lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their two children.

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A very special story for a very special little person!

The Book Cover

The Book Cover
The Book Cover

On The Night You Were Born

On the Night You Were Born
On the Night You Were Born

From Publishers WeeklyThe 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 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From School Library JournalKindergarten-Grade 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, OHCopyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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Not once had there been such eyes, such a nose, such silly, wiggly, wonderful toes.

The Prestigious Mom's Choice Awards

I have chosen to list a fabulous selection of quality children's literature for your consideration below. As a prerequisite to being on this list the books listed here will have either been selected as a finalist for, or given the very prestigious "Mom's Choice Award" for 2007. To learn more about this great honor you can visit their web site at:

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Children's Picture Books

ABC in NYC (All 'Bout Cities)
ABC in NYC (All 'Bout Cities)

Gotham Magazine - Romper Room Page, Summer 2006...leads kids through the Big Apple with colorful photographs and city-specific alphabetizing- "K" is for knish...Book DescriptionA is for Ambulance. B is for bagel and Brooklyn Bridge. C is for coffee cart, Columbus Circle, and cheesecake. Finally, an alphabet book for New Yorkers, for the kids who grow up here and point to "scaffolding" and "steam vents" from their strollers, and for the out of town kids and their parents who visit.Featuring 138 original photographs and over 150 vocabulary-building city words.ABC IN NYC is the first in the All 'Bout Cities series of alphabet books. Subsequent books will feature other cities.

Adventures of Riley: Survival of the Salmon
Adventures of Riley: Survival of the Salmon

Book DescriptionYoung adventurers Riley and Alice visit the pristine wilderness of Southeast Alaska in order to solve a puzzling salmon migration mystery: Why are Pacific Salmon thriving while North Atlantic Salmon are more endangered than ever? Riley's daring quest for answers features moose, bald eagles, grizzly bears and a very special guest appearance by world-renowned animal expert, Jack Hanna.

Baby Bear Discovers the World (Wildlife Picture Books)
Baby Bear Discovers the World (Wildlife Picture Books)

Product DescriptionWith text by award-winning author Marion Dane Bauer, paired with real-life photos by award-winning wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela, this unique book tells the tale of a bear cub's adventure in the big, wild world. Baby Bear Discovers the World is sure to be a favorite among children and adults alike!

Bonding with Baby Board Books (Developmental Series) (Bonding with Baby Developmental Books)
Bonding with Baby Board Books (Developmental Series) (Bonding with Baby Developmental Books)

Maura D. mother of Lilly, Cohasset, Massachusetts, October 26, 2002 letter." I've got the right book for the right time...and just relax and go into my baby's world."Barbara Rawn, Healthy Families America, ltr. 12/13/01"The little books are safe and easy to handle...parents can interact with their new child in gentle, loving ways."

Dragons (Luxury Lift-the-flap Learners)
Dragons (Luxury Lift-the-flap Learners)

From BooklistGr. 3-5. An informational chapter book about a fantastical topic is a great way to interest fantasy fans in nonfiction, and vice versa. In a straightforward text, Penner explores various myths surrounding dragons. Beliefs from several cultures and time periods are represented. Dragons in Chinese lore are "gentle and kind;" and the legendary Aztec "dragon" Quetzalcoatl brings good luck; the "classical" fire-breathing dragons of Europe are fierce and terrifying. Carefully differentiating between reality and myth, the author intersperses bits of dragon lore (for example, a paragraph or two about Saint George, and something about Beowulf) through the text, setting them in italics. Color illustrations showing different types of dragons add interest, and a concluding discussion about "living" dragons such as the Komodo dragon and the mysterious Loch Ness monster ends with some intriguing questions: "Are dragons real? Could there be one living in a lake in Scotland? What do you think?" Diane FooteCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Inside Flap CopyFor hundreds of years, people believed dragons were real. They thought dragons lived in caves full of treasure, soared through the air on large bat wings, and breathed fire. Storytellers told tales of dragons that fought knights and kings. Now kids can learn the unnatural history of dragons and recapture their magic with this full-color chapter book.

Freckles and the Great Beach Rescue
Freckles and the Great Beach Rescue

Book DescriptionFRECKLES and The Great Beach Rescue is the second book in the FRECKLES adventure series. Freckles visits the beach where he befriends a sand crab named Pinch. Together they find the strength to rescue baby sea turtles that are trapped in a fishing net, moments before an impending storm. This story teaches children the important lessons of believing in yourself, recognizing individual strengths and talents, and having the courage to face challenges.From the PublisherWinner of the "Best Books 2006" Award (Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction) by USA Book News.

Germs Are Not for Sharing (Ages 4-7) (Best Behavior Series)
Germs Are Not for Sharing (Ages 4-7) (Best Behavior Series)

From School Library JournalPreS–This title provides short, descriptive instructions for inhibiting the spread of germs. However, while Verdick does an excellent job of describing how to get rid of germs, she never touches on what they are or what they do, aside from a small note by a teddy bear doctor stating that Germs can make you sick. Simple colorful cartoons clearly depict the action. Some well-presented tips for parents and teachers on ways to use the book effectively with preschoolers and how to prevent the spread of germs at home or at school are appended. This book is a good choice for teaching youngsters the basics about hygiene, especially if used in conjunction with other materials that present germs and sickness in an age-appropriate manner.–Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJCopyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Board book edition.Dr. ToySmart Play/Smart Toy Product of Excellence Award winner --This text refers to the Board book edition.

Hannah and the Perfect Picture Pony: A Story of the Great Depression
Hannah and the Perfect Picture Pony: A Story of the Great Depression

ReviewThis story captures the Zeitgeist of the 1930s and puts a human face on The Great Depression for young children. --A judge at the CIPA 2004 Writers Contest,, June 2004.Bonnie W. Camp, PhD,MD,FAAP; Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, July 2005.A wonderful story of neighborhood life and how joy was achieved during The Great Depression despite deprivations and hardships.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Product DescriptionThrough simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

I Can Survive
I Can Survive

Book DescriptionCancer is a family diseaseHow to survive the dizzying time of a loved one's cancer diagnosis? For artist/teacher Jennifer Allen, creating bright, light illustrations and punchy prose-for her father and for herself-was the avenue to cope and find hope in that year. The poetry, pictures, optimism, and humor in this book will be a source of encouragement, whether you're battling this disease, or have a family member who has cancer. This book helps you find and cherish the small moments and inspire you to express love and support.About the AuthorJennifer Allenhas been an assistant professor at Western Illinois University for the past four years. She received her M.S. degree in Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has worked as a juvenile probation officer in Texas and Missouri. As a juvenile probation officer she worked as an abuse and neglect officer, an intensive probation officer, and as a grant writer and programmer. She has been actively involved in restorative justice programming, specifically with Victim Impact Panels, and has consulted with various counties in Illinois and Missouri on juvenile offender programming.


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      @favored: It is a great book, and thanks for visiting.

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      Haven't read the book, but I like the title and the idea of it. Letting children know how special they are can make a big difference in how they see themselves.

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      Love the lens! Definitely 5 stars! On The Day You Were Born has been a part of my son's library from wee-little and at 8 years old it's still a favorite! Great book, great job, great lens! WTG!

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      10 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I haven't read this book but I might just because of the bears. I'm always looking for interesting books for my nieces and nephews.

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      Another awesome and informative lens ... when I saw the title of your lens, I was thinking Pat Tillman. 5***** for all the inspiration I am now feeling.

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      Great book! It's such a sweet story. I have a children's boutique and I love to have great children's books on display. I'll have to pick up this one!

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      It's great to be in the "Get Kids Reading" group with you!

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      11 years ago

      Fabulous review! I'm not familiar with the book, but I'll have to check it out now. You've provided a wonderful array of info, and enticed me to see it for myself!Great job, Connie...aka Squid Angel: )

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      What a wonderful looking book! I have never heard of it before.

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      I meant to write 5 stars! LOL

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      , stars. The picture on the book cover (polar bears, who I love) made me want to look into it, but your lens sold me. I'll come back when I've read it. Bear hugs, Frankie


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