Thursday, March 22, 2018

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman - OPTIONAL

Tillman, Nancy On the Night You Were Born. BOARD BOOK Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan), 2005. $10. 9781250164018  

This book addresses young readers with a message about how important they are.  It begins with the night you are born and talks about how all of nature was made aware of your arrival as your name was spread by the wind.  It encourages the reader to look to nature if they ever doubt how special they are, because all the animals, moon and heaven celebrated their arrival.  

Ugh. This is super sappy and feeds into the self-conceited notion that the whole world revolves around one person.  The illustrations are weird and have a creepy distorted baby face overlaying the moon. I do like the message that never before has the world known someone as special as you, but then it gets to be a bit much.  What happens when that child grows up and realizes that everyone doesn’t know their name?  

PRE-K – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.     

1 comment:

Cassandra Gelvin said...

Yes! This is exactly like my response to this book. The only reason I haven't reviewed in on my website is because I'm planning on doing a full video review on it. I really don't know why this is so popular.