Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

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Tell me again about the night I was born.

Tell me again how you would adopt me and be my parents.

Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, author and illustrator of the best-selling When I Was Little: A Four Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth, have joined together again to create a fresh new picture book for every parent and...

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Overview

Tell me again about the night I was born.

Tell me again how you would adopt me and be my parents.

Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, author and illustrator of the best-selling When I Was Little: A Four Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth, have joined together again to create a fresh new picture book for every parent and every child. In asking her parents to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a unique, exuberant story about adoption and about the importance of a loving family.

A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.

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A young girl asks her parents to repeat the cherished tale she knows so well about her birth and adoption. Told from the child's point of view, the story and pictures are full of fun details. On the plane down to get her, "there was no movie, only peanuts." When carrying her home, her parents "glared at anyone who sneezed." Under the silliness in both the text and illustrations, there lies a strong message of the parents' love for this new baby girl.
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PreS-Gr 2While Curtis's fame as an actor may get this adoption story special attention, it deserves recognition in its own right. If the title suggests a blow-by-blow description of the birth process, readers are quickly set straight; the news arrives by telephone. The narrator's adoptive parents rush to the hospital via plane, and any questions about the identity of the birth mother are brushed aside; she is simply "too young" to take care of her child. The new parents see their daughter in the nursery, howling wide-mouthed and oblivious to their pleased and loving gazes. Both participate equally in this tale; the first night home with the baby, the father tells her about baseball, holding her and a bat cradled in his arms. The humor implicit in the text is made explicit in the illustrations: watery, cartoonstyle watercolors with fine-pen accents to show outlines and facial features. This book exudes action and light; nothing here will lull children to sleep, except the warmth of feeling and comfort. It does not delve into the complexity of adoptive dynamics, but simply affirms family love, the pleasure parents feel about new babies, and how pleased children are to hear the story of their birth.Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Everyone—including adoptive parents and children longing for validation of their unique experiences—will embrace this pitch- perfect celebration of true family values.

"Tell me again" is the endearing catchphrase a young girl employs to get her parents to recount the creation of their family: the late-night phone call ("Tell me again how you screamed"), a plane ride ("and how there was no movie, only peanuts"), the trip to the hospital ("you both got very quiet and felt very small"), love at first sight in the nursery ("you couldn't believe something so small could make you smile so big"). "Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms and called me your baby sweet. Tell me again how you cried happy tears." It's all here, including a childlike family tree and a funny spread showing a "New Baby (actual size)." In those scenes and others, Cornell's quirky watercolors enhance the book's tone and expand on its humor, effectively alternating between highly comic scenes and quieter, more loving ones.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694012152
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Joanna Cotler Bks.
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 4.80 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis has had many firsts: her first (and only) marriage to Christopher Guest, her first time holding her children, Annie and Tom, her first time pretending to be a customer in an episode of Quincy, and her first time she wrote words that became her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, the first city she ever lived in, and is always first in line, first to arrive, first to leave, and first to sleep.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    My children love this book!

    I bought this book thinking the title sounded cute and not knowing what it was about. I sat my two sons down for bed, started to read and began having trouble making out the words through my tears! We had a big talk about adoption after the book was finished and it was a great chance for them to learn about the dynamics of all families!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    A Must Have!!

    We bought this book for our daughter as a gift for her finalization day, when she was nine months old. We have been reading it since then, and it is amazing what she is picking up from it. First she picked up the part about how the mommy cried happy tears the first time she held the baby. She would put her hands on my face and say, 'happy tears'. Now she has started to ask me, 'Tell me again about the night I was born?' So I start telling her her own adoption story. Our daughter is currently 31 months, and is picking up her adoption story already. It's amazing, and this book really helped. Plus, it's a fun read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    This was the first book i got on adoption for my daughter as a gift

    I got this book from a Birthmother of a girl who is now about 14 yrs old. The day after we brought our daughter home, she had this book delivered to our home, and when I read it for the first time, it took me forever to stop crying. It is one of the most emotional books I've ever read. I read it very often to my daughter, who is now 15 mths old, and every single time I read it, I still cry.. Especially when they talk about what the parents felt when they first met the baby.. and how they rocked him to sleep... I'm crying right now just writing about it... I think it is a must for every family that is formed through the miracle of adoption Las in California

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    Sweet and Touching

    Although this book is a children's book, I am 20 and I absolutely love it. Being adopted, I read this story about a child and the story about the night she was born, and it fascinates me because it is just like my story. It is great for children because they will then be able to realize that they aren't the only ones out there without a story about how mommy went into labor, instead having a story about 'that night'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    A wonderful tale

    This book is wonderful. It is a heartfelt tale that is wonderful for any age child. I gave it to my adopted mother after I found my birthmother and we have shared many tears over it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2000

    WONDERFUL!!

    This is a sensational book! As a soon-to-be teacher I have read many books over the years, but this book is the only one that I cheered for after reading it. It is a must have for ALL children and parents alike. I strongly encourage you and others to buy this book. It will make children grasp the concept that other children are adopted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    Simply wonderful

    I'm the birth mother and I gave my daughter this book. She loves it and the first time I read it I cried. I recommend this book to any family, even if someone in it wasn't adopted. I think it really helps children understand adoption.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Tell Me Again and Again

    This is a great story. We all have enjoyed hearing the story of our own births and the telling of the birth stories of our children. It's a joy to hear the story of the anticipation of the parents and the journey of settling in with their baby girl. The illustrations are adorable.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    Very true to real life.

    I have an adopted niece and an adopted nephew. They are almost grown, but for many years whenever I visited they would ask me to tell about their births. I was so surprised the first time I saw this title, because I had never realized this was such a universal theme.

    If you adopted or plan to aadopt a child, this book is wonderful, but is also excellent book to read to any child.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    A must read for adoptive parents/children

    This book helps both parent and child discuss and share the wonders of adoption.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    must read for all adoptive families

    Great book! We bought it before we adopted our daughter and now that she is almost 4 years old it is a favorite of hers. The story is so on target and a great way to introduce the concept of adoption at a young age. We especially love how it shows pictures and a family tree of the family dog also. The first time we read it before we got our little girl we cried, so parents beware. It is so beautifully written and matter of fact, other than the fact we did not get on a plane, this is our story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    From Carole Fox, an elementary education major at Wartburg College

    A little girl tells her parents about the night she was born and adopted by them. This book is really cute because the little girl wants her parents to tell her again about the night she was born, but then goes on telling the whole story herself. The illustrations are fabulous because when the little girl uses metaphors, the illustrations depict this. Like when she says her parents were curled up like spoons, the illustration showed the parents shaped like spoons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Get ready for the tears!

    If anything can help you explain the feelings and fear you felt before you adopted this book will. Everytime I read it, the 'happy tears' come again. We bought it for our son, before he was even born, and it is an amazingly wonderful story that will always be a part of our family, just as our babies will. It is a 'forever book'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    Amazing!!!!

    I'm adopted and my mom gave me this book when I was very little. I cried the first time I read it and my adoption mom said that this was a completely true story about the night she adopted me. Read it!

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