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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
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Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 29th 2000 by HarperCollins (first published July 19th 1996)
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Laura Gibbs
This book is way cute! It’s different than I thought it would be-I was expecting it to be about how a baby was made pretty much and in some ways it was but in many ways it wasn’t. This is the book about an adoption—a girl who was adopted asks her mom to tell her about the night she was born, and it goes through the whole process. The adoptive parents got the phone call in the middle of the night, jumped on a plane, called their grandparents, and then explains that the adoptive mother couldn’t g ...more
Angela
Mar 26, 2009 Angela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angela by: Jackie Marquardt
Taken separately, I would give the text 4 stars and the illustrations 2 stars. The story is pretty sweet and straightforward - the "voice" of the book is a child who had obviously been adopted, reminiscing with her parents about the stories they've told her about the night she was born. The voice didn't sound much like a child, though, which was distracted me a little.

Not remotely as distracting as the illustrations, however. I am firmly convinced that they were put in to keep the parent who is
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Esther
A young girl asks her parents to tell the story of her birth which is obviously much-loved and much-requested but ends up telling the story herself. It starts with the telephone call to the adoptive parents, their plane ride, the hospital and their first night together as a family changing diapers, watching baseball and singing lullabies and ends with them being a loving family. Each page gives fun specific details such as “dad was snoring” or “you carried me like a china doll.”

The witty and lo
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J-Lynn
A precocious adopted little girl wants her parents to tell her the story about the night she was born, but she is so excited to hear it that she tells the entire story herself. The story tells of the adoption from the moment the baby was born and shows the parents rushing to the airport and flying to see their new baby girl. It also tells about how the daddy taught her about baseball and the mommy sang her a lullaby and they spent their first night together as a family.

The illustrations are wate
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Marilyn
This is a heartwarming and sentimental book about adoption that combines wit with candor. This precious little girl asks her mother:

"Tell me again how you got on an airplane with my baby bag and flew to get me."

"Tell me again how you carried me like a china doll all the way home and how you glared at anyone who sneezed."

"Tell me again about the first bottle and how much I liked it."

"Tell me again how you couldn't grow a baby in your tummy, so another woman who was too young to take care of m
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Alexandria Stephens
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a story about the joys of adoption. It's evident that the main character has heard the story about the night she was born multiple times, and she retells the story in a way that shows her knowledge about that eventful evening. She tells about when she was born, "Tell me again how the phone rang at the middle of the night and they told you that I was born" and her birthmother was too young to take care of her so a family that couldn't have children flew ...more
Annalisa
Jamie lee Curtis does a great job with this story about an adoptive family, yet it is simple enough for young children to understand. The illustrations are great fun for the adults while keeping this book as one of children's favorites as they grow older and can understand the humor. No adoption story is going to echo this exact experience, but it is important that children understand and know that there are as many different adoption stories as well as different kind of families that come toget ...more
Deianaira Earle
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a realistic fiction picture book about a little girl that wants her parents to tell her the story about the night that she was born. It is obvious that the little girl has heard the story many times before because she ends up retelling it herself. She talks about the exact moment that her new parents knew she was born and the phone call that they received. She also discusses how her parents wanted her because they couldn't have children of their own. S ...more
Christina Venturelli
In this realistic fiction children’s book, it talks about a little girl who wants to hear about the night she was born again. It goes into detail what the parents did when they were going to adopt her. I love how it explains the excitement the child feels of her parents adopting her. This book relates to my culture topic families because children who are adopted will be able to relate to this story of how they are not the only ones who are adopted. Overall this book, is age appropriate for child ...more
Allison Simpson
This is a very cute book! "Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" is a fiction book about a little girl who is fascinated about hearing the story of how her adopted parents came and got her when she was born. Illustrations throughout this book are very bright and eye popping. The pictures have emotion behind them which is what the story is portrayed. Children at any age will enjoy reading "Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" not just because it is a easy read but that how realistic the ...more
Meleofa
We read this tonight before bed and I loved it. It made me weepy. hahahaha. But I tell my girls all the time about the night they were born and how much we wanted them in our lives. I really liked the story.
Lauren Clendening/Cox
This book is typically for children that are adopted but I believe it to be wonderful for any child. This book talks about a little girl wanting to hear about the night she was born. You can tell that she has been told about that night before because she says things like, "Tell me about my first bottle and how I liked it so much" and "Tell me again about my first diaper change..." This would be a great book to read to a class because they could write or draw about what they have heard about when ...more
Kim
Jamie Lee Curtis does an amazing job telling a little girl about the night that she was born to another mother, and how happy this woman is to be her mommy. A story about adoption that would be perfect for any child that has been adopted. Jamie makes this little girl feel so special. This would be a wonderful addition to any classroom library so that children can understand that we all have different backgrounds form one another. The illustrations are so well done, and just enhance the story. Ja ...more
Brandy Shark
Mar 25, 2012 Brandy Shark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: families
Shelves: kid-books

I loved this story; I don't believe there is enough literature (both children and adult) on the importance of an adopted family.

This is a beautiful and whimsical story of a little girl asking her mother about the night she was born. When her parents got a phone call in the middle of the night telling them to come to the hospital because their child had finally been born and was ready to come home. But the daughter is telling the story really, because she already knows it by heart.

I don't think t
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Karley
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis is a picture book about a little girl that wants to reflect on the night that she was born. The little girl retells the story that she must have heard many times before. She talks about the moment that her new parents received the phone call that she had been born, and how they wanted her because they couldn't have children of their own. She mentions that her mommy was to young to take care of her; which is the case for many adopted c ...more
Katie Hutson
This book is about a young daughter who was adopted and she asks her parents to tell her the story about the night that she was born, and the night that they adopted her. The book is told from the daughter's perspective. The pages go through her parents’ life when they first got the phone call saying she was born and the parents rush out the house and get on a plane. The daughter is talking about how the mother couldn’t grow a baby in her belly, and another woman who was too young to take care o ...more
Oanh
This narrative recounts the night the story's main character was born from her perspective and retelling. The narrator, a precocious young girl, asks her adoptive parents to tell her again about a story she has practically memorized: the night of her birth and their first nights together as a family. The author (also a well-known actress), Jamie Lee Curtis, captures the voice of a child as she describes in detail events leading up to the narrator's birth and adoption (ex. her parents getting the ...more
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/21/11 -


2.5 - This is a cute story, like all of Curtis' prove to be but it's also specific in that a child not living in a two parent family may feel somewhat awkward? I'm a single parent and I had no problems with this but my daughter is pretty well adjusted to our life and she's read quite a number of books with a father in the story. But I can imagine, because of the specifics in this story, for example "Tell me again how you and Daddy were curled up like spoons and Dad
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Allison Burke
Tell me Again About the Night I Was Born is a heartwarming narrative about a young girl recalling the story of her adoption heard numerous times from her father and mother. Throughout the story, the little girl asks several questions asking her parents to re-tell the different parts of the story from picking her up from the hospital to bringing her home and forming a family. As a literacy teacher, I would use this text to discuss the excitement of bringing a baby into a family. I would also use ...more
Karina
“Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born” is a wonderful narrative told from the perspective of an adopted child. It’s a story of a little girl that asks her parents to retell the story of when they first got to meet her and start a family with her. The book is told from the child’s point of view and consists of memories from the child’s past to be recalled and retold again and again. For example, the little girl says things like, “Tell me about the first time you held me in your arms” or “Tell ...more
Christian Houseworth
This was a very touching narrative about a child who was adopted who wanted her parents to continuously tell her over again about the night she was born. The narrator gives explicit details about the events that took place on the night she was born. For example, she describes what happened before the phone rang and how mommy and daddy were curled up like spoons and daddy was snoring. Although this story does not have a problem and solution, it is more about the genuine love and acceptance of the ...more
Michel Butler
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a children’s book by Jamie Lee Curtis that retells the story of how a young adopted girl became a part of her parent’s family. Throughout the book, the female narrator recants the well-remembered story of her birth and how she came to be a part of her parents’ lives. The tale is so humorous, and the audience gets to experience a side of the adoption process that is sometimes forgotten: the adoptive parents’ emotions and anticipation of finally creating ...more
Samantha Hagler
This heartwarming narrative is about the main character's retelling of her adoption story. The main character and narrator, a young intelligent little girl, asks her parents to tell her again and again about the night of her birth and how they came to adopt her (ex. the awaiting phone call in the middle of the night, the plane ride to get her, and her first night home). The young girl loves this story and basically has it memorized to every little detail. The author and well-known actress, Jamie ...more
Gabriella
Illustrated by Laura Cornell and written by Jamie Lee Curtis, this book touches upon the adoption process from the parents’ point of view through the voice of the child. Through her repetitive asking to hear the story of her adoption but instead telling it herself, it is clear the child has engrained this unforgettable tale in her heart. This story is truly touching tale of the opportunity and love adoption provides for both parents and children.
Andrice
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a realistic fiction book that tells the story of an adopted child. Throughout the story, her parents retell all of the events that took place from the night she was born. The thing I truly enjoyed most about the story was the replay of the parents emotion. The night she was born was just as hectic and nerve-wrecking for the adoptive parents as it was for the birth mother actually giving birth. It was cute and a story that could easily be read to all ch ...more
Courtney
Lee Curtis, J. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. HarperCollins Publishing (2000).
Illustrator: Laura Cornell

This is a story about a little girl who, at bedtime begs her parents to tell her about the night that she was born and how they were going to adopt her. The detailed and colorful pictures and adorable story will appeal to younger children (reading level ages 3-7).
Crista
Nov 09, 2011 Crista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mc
Adoption

This is a sweet story of adoption told from the parents’ point of view by the child. I like that she wants to hear the story told even though she knows it by heart. The detailed and humorous illustrations, which vary from landscape to portrait depending on the need at the time, definitely cause the reader to pause and enjoy. This is a story that kids would enjoy, however, I feel that adults might find the repetition of “Tell me again about” might be bothersome. I know if I was reading th
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Samantha Weatherford
This book would be a good book to have in a classroom library or to include when discussing the meaning of family. It is telling about a little girl who was adopted. The pictures are funny, they make the characters have very funny faces. It tells a little about the process of adopting a child, which is good for people to understand. If a child is adopted it helps them dealm with that in a healthy way, and it helps those who are not adopted understand that adopted children are a part of a family ...more
Lori
Thank you, thank you Jamie Lee Curtis, for writing this book. It gave me - like so many adoptive families - the words and framework with which to tell our own adoption story to my children in such a loving and wonderful way.

We could even correspond each part of the book to events in our own experience; from "daddy was snoring" and "getting the call" and "calling granny and grandpa right away", to "getting on the plane with the baby bag", we lived the whole beautiful story!

This was an almost nigh
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Hannah Melberg
This book we would a great book to discuss the topic of adoption to your class. That not all children live or are raised by their biological parents. This story was about a little girl you wanted her mommy and daddy to tell her about the night she was born and all the things they did that night to go get their new baby girl at the hospital. Like when the phone rang in the middle of the night and how they got on the airplane and there were only peanuts, no movie. She wanted to hear about when the ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis is a two-time Golden Globe-winning, BAFTA-winning, and Emmy-nominated American film actress and an author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as Halloween (1978 film), The Fog, Prom Night (1980 film) and Terror Train, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that cover ...more
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