Perfect Picture Book Friday: Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

2 Dec

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday . It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has a special meaning to me.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
By Jamie Lee Curtis
Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Published by HarperCollins on July 19, 1996
40 pages
Good for any age (read aloud for pre-schoolers)

Theme/Topic – Adoption and Birth Stories

Opening and Synopsis – “Tell Me again about the night I was born. 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.” (this isn’t the opening quote but it tells about the story better)

In “Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born,” a little girl’s parents tell her about her birth story. They have told her the story many times but she wants to hear it again and again. It is an important story to her that tells how her family became a family.

Activities and Resources – I have a scrap-book with my birth story in it. I think anyone can make a family tree or birth / adoption / foster story scrapbook because everyone’s story is different and you don’t have to be adopted to make one. There are tips for making adoption stories from Adoptive Families HERE . There is great information about adoption at the National Adoption Center HERE .

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog “Just Right Books” HERE!

Why I like this book. I like this book for a couple of reasons. For one, I am adopted! My parents made an adoption story for me and I really like to read it and have my parents tell me about my story. My story is different from the one in the book, but I don’t think it matters, I still like the book. Secondly, the book shows how important every birth story is. Thirdly, I like the illustrations, they are pretty funny. Finally, I like this book because it has a good message.

19 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born”

  1. Dayle Fraschilla December 2, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Wonderful review and wonderful book!

    I first read this book in college (in a Teaching Literacy course) and loved it immediately. The book is not a part of my daughter’s vast collection . . . In fact, until reading this, I had forgotten all about it. It’s definitely on my list to pick up now. And you’ve given me some great ideas for a project to do with my daughter 🙂



    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 2, 2011 at 6:32 am #

      Thank you 🙂 It is one of my very favorite books. I am glad you agree it is a good one!


  2. Susanna Leonard Hill December 2, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Erik, I love that you chose this book. I was adopted too! And I have always wanted to know about the night I was born, but I was adopted in the days when closed adoptions were the norm, and I know nothing except that my parents adopted me when I was 11 months old. How lucky you are that your parents made you an adoption story, and what a wonderful idea for an activity! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. I don’t think your link worked – it’s not up. Maybe the URL is too long again? Want to give it another try?


    • Patricia Tilton December 2, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      A perfect book to choose, one that has a great message and one that touches you. Both of my kids are adopted. They are grown up now. I would have loved to had this book for them. Thank you for introducing me to a new book! Great activity. Glad you have joined Perfect Picture Book Friday!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

        Thank you (and “you’re welcome”)! I’m also glad I’ve joined “Perfect Picture Book Friday”! I think making a scap-book for kids (adopted or not) is a good idea. It’s something they can help with too 🙂
        Thanks again!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks! I’m glad to have shared! I know everybody’s story is different like my sister’s adoption story is different from mine. Even with non-adopted kids, their birth stories are different. I really do like my scrapbook and I like hearing my story 🙂 I know kids who don’t know about the very night of their birth, like my sister, but her story begins with what my parents do know and she likes hearing it too!
      My mom told me she fixed the link thing 😉


  3. elizabethannewrites December 2, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    This book sounds great, Erik! I hadn’t seen it before, so I’m glad you let us all know about it, and about how your parents made you a story of your own birth and adoption. That is such a wonderful idea!

    Thank you.


  4. Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Erik, this looks like a real gem, certainly lovely for any child, adopted our otherwise. I know nothing about the night of my birth, and I think this is important to a child. I love your suggestion.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks! I agree with what you say! This is a good book for anyone!I agree it is important to know as much about your life story as possible. I know everyone’s story isn’t complete, but it is nice to know as much as you can.


  5. Catherine Johnson December 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    What a nice book, kids are so curious anyway. This subject doesn’t get covered much either.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      Sounds like a great topic for some picture books… (HINT HINT: All you picture book authors…) I’m glad you thought it was a nice book!


  6. Julie December 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Great review Erik! I love Jamie Lee Curtis’ books, but I agree that this one is extra special.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you! It is extra special to me (and my sister). I think it is also great for non-adopted kids because they can see how some families become families.


  7. Michelle Isenhoff December 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Very, very cool post!


  8. Stacy S. Jensen (@StacySJensen) December 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    This review reminded me that I haven’t properly chronicled everything for my son. I love your point that it’s a good for all children “to see how some families become families.”


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      I think it’s great that you try to write down things for your son! Thank you for your comment!


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