Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064435819
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 127,543
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.09(d)
Lexile: AD1080L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

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Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
B-J_Casanta More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
jaykay2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This story is about a little girl hearing the story about the night she was born and adopted. She told the story herself and was proud of it. She was born to a young girl and her parents couldn't have a baby so she was their joy and happiness. She was proudly loved. Personal Reaction: This was a cute story told by the child's point of view. She was proud that she was adopted and didn't look at it as being different. She told the story herself and was glad she is her parents daughter. Extension Idea:I would have my students write about what they think it would be like to be adopted. I would have my students write about what it would be like to have an adopted sibling.
BSmiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summry: A girl keeps asking her parents to tell her again about the day she was born. They explain how they got the phone call and went to the hospital as she was born. Then they brought her home. She was adopted.Personal Reaction:this book was cute, i liked it. Classroom Extention:1. Children can write about a time when they asked their parents about something.
lauren.anderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary-This little girl is adopted and she asks her parents to tell her about the night that she was born, come to find out that she was actually adopted and her parents tell her what all they went through from the moment that they found out she was born.And why she was adopted.Personal Reaction-I loved this book! It kept me really interested,and i loved that it actually related to real life,it showed that no all families have white picket fences and a boy and a girl and a dog! Some families are different!Classroom Extensions-1)You can talk to them/explain adoption more. 2)maybe have some students dicuss it if they come from an adopted family!
KaleyHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A story about a little girl entranced with the story about the night she was adopted. She has heard the story enough times for her to tell it to her friends. She was born to a teenager who didn't feel like it was the right time to have a child, and gave her child over to this childless couple to raise. She was well loved. Personal Reaction: I have to have this book for my collection. I can really relate to this story because I am that girl, well sort of. I was adopted from a teenage mother and was raised by the most loving wonderful parents I could ask for. Adoption is a beautiful thing and the adopted kids are loved no matter what others might say. Extension Idea:It's hard to know what I would do. It is a wonderful story, but reading it in front of students would be hard. I think that I would hand it out on a personal basis if a child was going through this as well.
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SummaryA young girl asks her family to tell her all about the night she was born. It turns out that the girl was being adopted, so when she was born, her parents flew right out to see her. The love they share brought them together as a family that first night.ReactionI was really touched by this story. I remember the very first time I read it because I am adopted too. My parents got me the book, and after reading it, I knew that I was just as loved as the little girl in the story. A lot of adopted children could relate to this book.Extension IdeasHave each student take a turn and tell us about his or her own birthday, and then mark it on the classroom calendar.Have the class journal about their favorite story that they beg their parents to tell over and over again.
shanetia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summmary:The book is the story of a child's adoption. Her parents receive a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.Personal Reaction:I think this is a beauiful story. The story makes me think about the childern who are fortunate even to found a family that loves them. To the ones who are not adopted, it can give them hope that there are families out there that can give them the love they need.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I would have the kids ask their parents about the day they were born. Next, I would have them write their stories in there journals. Then, share their individual stories with the class.2. With their stories, I would have each child draw a picture with watercolors that relates to their story.
StephanieWhite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is the story of a child's adoption. Her parents receive a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.Personal Reaction:I always think of my student Tony who was adopted just before beginning the school year. This book was a gift to him as he could see his family represented in our classroom. It is a valuable addition to any classroom library.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I could use this book to explore diverse families. We could make a classroom chart showing different family types. 2. The artwork appears to have been done with Sharpies and watercolor! I'd love to explore this art style with a class.
sarahdvs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is the story of a child's adoption into a new family. Her new parents recieve a phone call letting them know that they can come get their new baby girl. As she goes through each day she loves to hear the story about the night that she was born. Personal Reaction: This story reminds me of when babies get adopted and get new parents because their real parents either don't want them because something is wrong with them or something else. In my mind, every child need love, care, and attention. Classroom Extension Idea: 1. I could read this book to the class and tell them about how some children are adopted because their parents didn't want them anymore. 2. We could have something like where the kids can draw and color pictures that had their families in them and then we could talk about them.
kdhayes06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This story is about a child¿s adoption. Her parents receive a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.Personal Reaction:This book struck a chord with me. I am raising a grandchild and although it wasn¿t an adoption I can fully relate.Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. This book could be used in a social studies lesson exploring diverse families. 2. A math lesson with a chart showing different types of families would tie in nicely with this book.3. It might be fun to explore the art style of this book using Sharpies and watercolors.
SharineHodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary of the Book:This book was about someone who was reminiscing about how they were adopted and was retelling the story that was told to them about how they came into that particular family. The child seemed to have cherished the story about her adoption and she was grateful to be in such a loving family.Personal Reaction:I appreciate this story because it helps us to recognize that not all persons end up into a family the same way. It also illustrates the true definition of family, which is the relation by blood marriage or adoption. I especially liked the illustrations in the book because it creates a sense of love, joy and happiness even as it is read. There was an area in the book that was opened to its full length to show the exact size of a baby. I find that was really interesting as well.Classroom Extension Ideas:This book can be incorporated inside the classroom when teaching about types of families to younger children. It can be a way of introducing the fact that being adopted is also a type of family. This can help children to appreciate and respect this type of family.
MrJPenguin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A little girl is asking her parents to tell her her favorite story; the story of the night she was born. Unlike what can be considered the norm for a child's birth, her mother did not give birth to her. Instead, the parents had adopted their daughter the night she was born, as the latter recalls. The little girl is happy to be a part of such a loving and caring family.Personal Reaction: Beautiful. That's the only word I can think of that could possibly describe this book and even then I don't think it does it justice. This book teaches the important lesson that in a family, blood doesn't matter as long as there's love.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have a day where everyone brings in photographs from when they were all babies. Even bring in one of yourself to show that anyone who's alive started out as a baby.2. Have the children ask their parents what their births were like and come in class the next day to share with everyone.
sarahjohouck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A young girl asks her parents to tell her again about the night she was born. To tell the story of how her mom couldn't have a baby of her own. To share their experience with adoption and how they became a family. Personal Reaction:I really like this book for many reasons. I feel it was different from the "Normal" family books, but it is also very relatable in any circumstance. The illustrations were great, colorful, and descriptive. Classroom Extension Ideas:1) If I know of a student in my class that was adopted I would definitely use this book to touch on the subject. Sometimes children feel like adoption makes you different, but it doesn't. They still have parents that love them. 2) I would also use this book to introduce to students the diversity of every student in the class. Every child has their own story. Then I would have the children do a visual arts activity and draw what their family looks like to them.
ChristinPina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A little girl wants her parents to remind her about the night she was born. She takes us through the events in which her parents went through to go get her, since she was adopted. She recalls the memories like it just happened. The book has some photos vertical instead of horizontal like the rest.Personal Reaction:This book reminded me of all the times I wanted my parents to tell me when I was born and how perfect I was even though I had like three other siblings. I liked the fact that this is not a typical newborn book since the little girl was adopted. The pictures were well colored and had good value in each. But there was one thing I didn¿t like and that was the fact that the readers would assume the parents were telling the story but the child was. Classroom Extension Ideas: 1.Have the kids draw what they can remember about being a baby 2.Have the kids come up with their own set of events they think their parents went through when they were born.
Devine1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a picture book about a young girl who was Adopted. It tells of a little girl who wants to know about the night she was born. It goes through the events that led her adopted parents to having her. Great pictures fun use of language, great book to show about adoption.Personal Reaction:I love this book, it was a great book to show how some children are adopted. Colorful pages and great language make this book good.Extension Ideas:1.Talk about different kind of family units.2.Have children make their own family collage.
KristieK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl who has been adopted. She begs her parents to tell her about the night she was born. The tell her about the call in the middle of the night, the plane ride and when they finally got to hold her. The little girl loves it!I loved this book so much that I went out and bought it that same day! I love how the pictures add to the story. This is great for teaching about adoption. I would use this book when talking about babies. I would tell the students that some mommies and daddies have to travel a long way to get their babies.
AlyssaSadler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a girl who is adopted. She wants her mom and dad to tell her the story about when she was born. I love the fact that this book deals with real life situations. such as adoption.I would use this book in the classroom when I was doing a section over families. It would be good for students to know about adoption and why mothers choose it sometimes. Also, the we could have a discussion about how families are the people who love and take care of you and not every family is alike.
rachellwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book tells the story of an adopted child who asks her parents to tell her about how she came to be a part of her family. The illustrations use vibrant water colors that tend to get a little muddy at some points. However, the loose figures and simplified strokes maximize the energy and emotion of the story. The narrative is well-written for young readers, and the text uses an easy-to-read printed handwriting. The images of tuckered-out parents and difficulties of having a young baby are also sure to tickle parent readers as well. A really nice story to share with adopted children, children who will soon be welcoming an adopted brother or sister, or children just curious about families. I would recommend this book for the children's section of a public library.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a little girl asking her parents to tell her about the night that she was born, but actually tells the story herself. Her parents adopted her the night that she was born. They woke up to the call, called her grandparents, got on a plane, and fell in love with her from the moment that they saw her. It is obvious that the girl has heard the story so many times she knows it by heart but still loves to hear/tell it.I loved this story! There are a lot of adopted children who would love to read this story because it relates to them. It could also be used to show children of the different ways people can become parents but it doesn't mean that they love them less.For this story, I would have the children make stories of their own life. They could tell a story about their life that their parents tell them or a memory that shows how much they parents care for them.
Jparker03 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born is about a little girl who was adopted and she wants to hear all the stories about when she was born and when they became a family.I think it was a very sweet story. It shows how much love they have for the little girl with all the different stories she wanted to hear. This would be a good story to read if you have an adopted child. You could have the class make a list of stories they would like their parents to tell them.