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|Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Curtis, Jamie Lee, Cornell, Laura (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064435814 ISBN-13: 9780064435819
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
OUR PRICE: $6.29
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2000 Annotation: The author/illustrator team who brought readers the bestselling "When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth" returns with a paperback edition of a fresh new picture book. "Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" presents a unique, exuberant story about adoption and the importance of a loving family. Full color.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Adoption; Fiction.
- Babies; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Adoption
|LCCN: BL 00016992|
|Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 8.75" H x 10.00" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 44657
Reading Level: 2.8 Interest Level: Lower Grades Point Value: 0.5
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q11308
Reading Level: 3.9 Interest Level: Grades K-2 Point Value: 1.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
"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.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997)
In a refrain that begins every sentence, the young narrator asks her adoptive parents to ""tell me again"" the story of her birth and introduction into the family she is now a part of. The entertaining, idiosyncratic ramble, which begins with a phone call in the middle of the night, contains details that young children will appreciate. The humorous cartoon-style pictures are a perfect visual counterpart to the text. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1997 #1)
In a refrain that begins every sentence, the young female narrator asks her adoptive parents to "tell me again" the story of her birth and introduction into the family she is now a part of. This entertaining, idiosyncratic ramble begins with a phone call in the middle of the night that brings her parents to the hospital where they pick her up. Details that young children will appreciate are included: she loved her first bottle and hated her first diaper change; on the long plane ride home Mommy and Daddy carried her like a china doll and glared at anyone who sneezed; and on that first night at home Daddy told her about baseball and Mommy sang the lullaby her own mother sang to her. (The illustration shows baby looking on dubiously.) The text covers the subject of birth parentage by having the child explain that "another woman who was too young to take care of me was growing me and she would be my birth mother, and you would adopt me and be my parents." The humorous, cartoon-style pictures by Laura Cornell, whom readers may best remember as the illustrator of Annie Bananie (Harper), are a perfect visual counterpart to the text - displaying a family tree that includes both sets of parents, and presenting a life-size "diagram" of a newborn infant that labels such items as long skinny fingers, wrinkles, a taped-over future belly button, and "perfect pink toes." n.v. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 August #1)
Actress Curtis's return engagement amply confirms the promise shown in her debut picture book (When I Was Little). A sweet and sunny look at adoption, the story is framed as a much-loved and clearly much-requested family tale, and rings true from beginning to end. Combining wit ("Tell me again how you carried me like a china doll all the way home and how you glared at anyone who sneezed") with candor ("Tell me again how you couldn't grow a baby in your tummy, so another woman who was too young to take care of me was growing me"), Curtis deftly addresses the logistics of adoption in a matter-of-fact manner that radiates love and reassurance. Cornell, who also illustrated Curtis's previous books, again serves up whimsical, Roz Chast-like watercolors crammed with amusing visual asides: a jar of diaper cream sports the label "Tub o' Lard"; a tiny bandage on a newborn's tummy carries the notice "future bellybutton"; a little girl and her dog, tucked cozily into bed, wear matching curlers (the girl's in her hair; the pup's on his ears). It's hard to imagine a warmer celebration of the special joys of an adopted family. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1996 October)
PreS-Gr 2 While 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 Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews