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Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, the New York Times bestselling team behind Today I Feel Silly and I’m Gonna Like Me, bring us a tender and funny picture book for every parent and child. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a special celebration of the love and joy an adopted child creates for a family.

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Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 29th 2000 by HarperCollins (first published July 19th 1996)
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Eric McLean
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a father of an adopted child, this book makes me weepy. Every. Single. Time. It is really a lovely account from a little girl of the night she was born and adopted by her parents and really does capture what it is like. One of my favorite books to read to my daughter.
Laura Gibbs
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Alyson Marrs
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A picture-book like this one is important for adopted children to know at a young age. I say this from my own experience in being adopted. It should not be something that is hidden or hard to talk about, every person has a right to know about the day they were born— that does not mean they are going to end up with hard feelings. As long as the adoptive family continues to show love and care for their adopted child, that child is going to know that they are with the family they were meant to be w ...more
Ana Pedraza
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and was excited to see how the author, Jamie Lee Curtis, was going to explain adoption. The book is about a little girl who wants to hear about the night she was born, but as you read it you can tell it is not the first time she has heard it. The book is basically the little girl tell the story herself. You can tell the excitement in her words and the love she has for the story. I think the fact that is in her perspective that it is easier for young kids who ...more
Becka Lopez
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great addition to my classroom library! It focuses on children who were adopted, which is a theme that is often under-represented in children's literature. The images were engaging, and the story line was heart-felt.
Esther
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 l
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Melissa
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family-textset
This is a fictional book. To be honest i did not enjoy this book that much. After awhile i lost interest in it.The story and characters are realistic but some of the terms used can infuse students. The message this book was trying to tell was great but i think it would have been better if the plot was thick or maybe the girl had a problem and later found a resolution. I think i would have gave this book another star if the illustrations were better. Many of the pictures looked half drawn and wer ...more
Angela
Jun 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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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J-Lynn Van Pelt
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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Jeniece Goellner
Part of my homework for our adoption process, but I love it anyway. First off, yes there is major feels because it will be like our situation. But there were some very sweet drawings, with some fun humor thrown in for the adult reading to the child. I know whenever we welcome our future child in our life, this will be a well loved book to read to them.
Meleofa
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-girls-books
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.
shanamadele
Jun 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely story book for small children about adoption. Great pictures of tired parents and a house strewn with baby bottles.
Ben Truong
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a children's picture book written by Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrated by Laura Cornell is an adoption story, where a little girl asks her parents about the night she was born again.

Curtis' text is simplistic and extremely adorable. I like the fact that this is a story that was told so often that the child practically memorized the story. It’s like their child’s adoption isn't a big secret that should stay that way. Cornell's illustrations are beautiful
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Dawn
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Today was a special day for one of my students. It was her adoption day. She asked if she could bring in our book for today. I had assumed I would read it to the class but she really wanted to read it, and I’m so glad she did. I probably would have gotten a little teary over it all. LOL I got to know someone after she came to my town when I was growing up. She had come there to have a baby and have her be adopted. It was quite a learning experience for me. It was something I will never forget.


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Amber Cook
Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born is a realistic fiction, funny, yet heart warming book for both parents and child. This book is a celebration for the love and joy that a child, whether adopted or not, creates for a family. The story is about an adopted little girl who wants her parents to tell the story about the night she was born, but she is so excited to hear it that she tells the story herself. The illustrations used were very colorful, with some fun humor thrown in to keep adults en ...more
Jasmine Mata
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. The book is about a little girl who is adopted at birth by a couple who could not have children of their own. The book begins with the little girl asking to know about the night she was born. As the story continues the little girl continues to ask questions about the days and nights to come afterward and about her first time experiences, such as her first bottle and diaper change. As the book comes to an end the last request the little girl has is to hear about the night she was born again.
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Samantha Hale
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awards: None

Grade Level: Preschool through Third Grade

Original Summary: The little girl in this story asks her parents to tell her about the tale of when they adopted her as a baby. She asks them to tell her about their feelings, and about the things they went through to go get her, and bring her back home. She is interested to know exactly how the adoption took place and what happened when they returned home with her.

Original Review: I think that this book is so cute and informative to childre
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Elizabeth
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2. The book Tell Me Again the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis was published in 2000 and was a New York Times bestselling. This book would be more for 4th and 5th graders because I feel as though its an age where children understand more clearly about different types of families. This book is about a little girl who asked her adopted parents on their experience on the night she was born. They tell her all about what happened during the plane ride, hospital, people they saw and their experien ...more
Katie Parrish
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SUMMARY: “Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born” is about a young girl who was adopted. This story depicts the journey that a couple went on to receive their new baby by flying to the city where the birth mom gave birth and the challenges they faced just to meet their new baby. Since the little girl does not have a typical birth story, she likes for her parents to tell the story over and over again.

THEME: The theme of the story is family and life stories.

PERSONAL RESPONSE/RECOMMENDATION: I lo
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Kaitlin Bisbee
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This story is about a little girl who asks her parents to tell her about the night she was born. This story is a little different from others as it touches on the subject of adoption. The little girl in the story was adopted by her parents, because her birth mother was too young to care for her and her adoptive parent’s couldn’t have children of their own. The book talks about how the parents went on an airplane to get her, and they became a family, singing lullaby’s and watching baseball togeth ...more
Patricia
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
Summary: This book is about a young girl who loves to hear about the night she was born. She loves to ask her parents about the details of the night she was born. The parents have told her about the night that she was born and they went to the hospital to pick her up. The parent's have told her she was adopted and they told her all the details from the night they picked her up.

Review: I love this story. It is such a sweet story about a girl who loves that she has such loving parents. She seems t
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Rosa Cline
This was a sweet story of a set of parents telling a child about the night she was born; but wasn't born from her mama's belly. But she was born from another woman's belly that was to young to be able to take care of her and wanted her to belong to her mama and daddy that she knows now. They tell her about how they got the phone call in the middle of the night, how they got on the plane, how they first saw her in the hospital, etc How happy they were and how much they loved her even before they ...more
Jazmín Carranza
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book when I was younger. Since I was small, I didn’t really think much of the message behind it. I just thought it was the perfect bedtime story. Now that I am older, I can see that this book is meant for awareness of adoption or surrogates. The author puts out a very emotional message that some women go through. It amazes me that they made it into a children’s book. Showing this book to a class of children that are in kindergarten might not be great since they won’t unde ...more
Amy
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Challenges and Issues
Awards: None
Audience: Early Childhood-3rd
A. This book is about adoption. It is about a little girl asking her parents to tell her about the night she was born and how they came to get her.
B. This book shows a possible family situation for students. It is ok to show kids that not everyone’s parents gave birth to him or her, but they’re still a family. It gives comfort to adopted children while also showing all students a very common reality. It normalizes the concep
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Lisa
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely picture book for any family to read. The child narrator asks, “tell me again about the night I was born,” and then proceeds to tell the whole story through “tell me again” entreaties. “Tell me again about...” how mom and dad got the phone call, got on a plane, went to the hospital, met the infant, took the infant home, and introduced their new baby to friends and relatives. For adoptive families, there is a helpful lack of specificity - the child’s gender isn’t specified, and th ...more
Mikayla
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book had me smiling through the entire story. On the first page you see a young girl with what looks to be a photo album in her hands as she is asking her parents to tell her about the night she was born again. The story follows a loving family and their journey of adopting their daughter. From the moment they received the phone call of her birth, to the plane ride, and finally to the first time they laid eyes on their beautiful daughter. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be such a ...more
Mario Flores
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Elementary school-aged children
Wow, what an amazing little book about an adopted little girl that enjoys being retold about the time when she was born. I believe that this book would be very interesting for kids and adults who like to hear about the day that they were born, or about the events leading up to it. The name Jamie Lee Curtis reminds me of an actress' name, and the illustrations remind me of animations in a Nickelodeon show called "Doug." The repetitions of "Tell me again" at the start of every page made the book s ...more
Jamie
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life
"Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born" by Jamie Lee Curtis is a heartwarming and uplifting story about a loving family and the concept of adoption. The young girl recounts the tale her parents told her about her being born and how exciting it was for them to receive her; how they couldn't have a baby on their own so they did everything they could to have her. The illustrations are colorful and fill each entire page, creating wonderful imagery throughout the story. I would recommend this book ...more
Jessica
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
A book about adoption. Specifically related to domestic infant adoption and infertility. This book was not for us since this is not our adoption journey, but I suspect it is a lovely book for those with a similar journey. It has the child asking about all the steps of the story already been told saying, "Tell me again." Again, probably a wonderful launching point to retell parts of your personal adoption journey if it is close or similar to the steps of the story in the book.
Gabriella Bumbaca
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Genre: Contemporary Realistic
Grade Range: K-1
Review:
This was such a cute book. It incorporated a topic that is not in many books: adoption. A child who is adopted can find great comfort in this book since it is specifically about a child who was adopted. The illustrations are wonderful and fun to look at.
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