The Crown on Your Head

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We know our children are special, and now, in The Crown on Your Head, the incomparable Nancy Tillman expresses this universal feeling in the most touching of ways: Every child is born with a crown. The crown is everything that gives us unique value. Our crown will always be with us wherever we go, whatever we do.

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Overview

We know our children are special, and now, in The Crown on Your Head, the incomparable Nancy Tillman expresses this universal feeling in the most touching of ways: Every child is born with a crown. The crown is everything that gives us unique value. Our crown will always be with us wherever we go, whatever we do.

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Nancy Tillman is an author and illustrator who knows how to impart love and a sense of security to young readers. In her The Night You Were Born and Where Ever You Go My Love Will Find You, she wove magical stories resonant with affection. In her new picture book, she shares a spirit-lifting message about every child's uniqueness.

Publishers Weekly
Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) continues her project of nurturing children's self-esteem, creating a cascade of dreamlike spreads to accompany verses assuring them that "he world is a wonderland waiting for you." Her familiar brand of atmospheric, digitally created images show children who wear crowns "made up of sparkling, glimmering things/ like moonlight and fireflies, and dragonfly wings." These children are not the only ones who wear a crown; every child has one, Tillman explains: "No one's is brighter, no one's is duller./ It's only a crown of a different color." Tillman's montages begin with an infant and toddlers, before showing older children perching in a tree house, riding a cheetah, leaping with gazelles, and wearing a cape made of butterflies that come to life and flitter away. There's something magical about the idea of intimacy with wild animals; spreads in which Tillman imagines such interactions, like the cover image of the child asleep astride a zebra, have special power, especially as they're rendered with photograph-like verisimilitude. Tillman's affirmations will please her loyal audience: "Blink three times and... there you are!/ You are twinkling, little star!" Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Nancy Tillman returns to the theme that she celebrated in her poetic essay book On the Night You Were Born—every child is special and beloved. In this case, her richly painted illustrations convey assurance that children wear an invisible crown that makes them royalty. The rhyming text is addressed to "you" so that each listener can identify with it. Each spread shows a different child in settings that could be anywhere in the world, from the back of a zebra to a field of poppies. In each case the skin tones vary some but the faces are not shown, keeping up the message that "you" includes everyone. A few of the lines do not scan perfectly ("I always knew just what your crown meant./It said that you were MAGNIFICENT."). While the re-iterated affirmations on each page may seem a bit much for the less sentimental types, there is no question that Tillman's message is one that young children need to hear. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A child is born with a glowing crown on his head. Through the course of the book, the youngster grows, and the crown is always there. On each spread, he is set against a scene in nature—fields of flowers, twinkling night skies, an autumn tree—and often surrounded by animals. It's not until the end of the book that the idea that everyone is special in some way comes across. "No one's brighter,/no one's duller./It's only a crown of a different color." The mixed-media illustrations steal the show. The deep lush colors of the landscapes and the sky are very soothing. The animals, especially the zebra, are spectacular. Tillman adds another dreamy volume to her collection of self-esteem-building titles.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Every child is unique and special and loved, and one is told so, over and over, in this sentimental ode.

A little one is told that he wears a sparkling crown made of such esoteric materials as moonlight and fireflies. This crown will protect him and give him the ability to achieve anything he can dream and believe. Tillman employs couplets with a few tortured, but mostly accessible rhymes, some lovely imagery and lots of exclamation points. Full- and double-page spreads of super-bright, sharply colored illustrations convey the essence of the text as they depict the child with his crown glowing like a halo in endless fields of flowers or on an African plain with the most gentle elephants, zebra, antelopes and leopards in perfect sunny days and moonlit nights in the best of all possible worlds. But it is all just too perfect. The hyperbole becomes cloying as the child is told he is "chosen," "magnificent," "born to shine" and a "twinkling, little star." Before overweening self-esteem and elitism are carried too far, the child is reminded that all his friends have crowns of equal value. But, of course, his crown is his best friend. Parents and grandparents will love to read this aloud to their little ones, but it might be too much of a good thing.

An inspirational message that needs to be a little more earthbound. (Picture book. 4-8)

From the Publisher
"...this is soothing, visually attractive, and makes for a comforting bedtime read-aloud." —Booklist

 

"Tillman adds another dreamy volume to her collection of self-esteem-building titles.” —School Library Journal

 

"Parents and grandparents will love to read this aloud to their little ones..." —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312645212
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 61,794
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling picture book, On the Night You Were Born; its companion journal, The Wonder of You; The Spirit of Christmas; Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You (also a New York Times bestseller); The Crown on Your Head and I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love. She also created the mischievous cat Tumford in Tumford the Terrible and Tumford’s Rude Noises, and illustrated It’s Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxas. Nancy lives in Portland, Oregon.

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On the day that we met and I put you to bed,

I noticed a crown on the top of your head.

It was made up of sparkling, glimmering things.

Like moonlight, and fireflies, and dragonfly wings.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    What a book!

    The text: simple
    The illustrations: breathtaking
    The combination: glorious

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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