“On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, ‘life will never be the same’”.
The book, On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman, celebrates the miracle of life and the pureness of love. That for every baby born into this world, all of God’s creation rejoices such as the moon and the stars, the wind and the trees, and even the “polar bears danced till dawn…” What a creative expression of how every new life is a perfect moment. At a time and age when society is facing moral and economical issues in relation to child birth, this book is a perfect reminder for all of us to value life as a precious gift to cherish.
The words are very simple and easy to read. As I read it on and on, the message in every line became very personal to me. Images were creative, artistic and appropriate.
The author Nancy Tillman is a former advertising executive and greeting card designer. This is the first of seven children’s inspirational books she has written to date. In 2006, On The Night You Were Born ranked 6th in the list of Children’s Bestselling Books (Picture Books category) of the New York Times Book Review.
I was, I believe, around 7 months pregnant when I came across this book while looking for a pregnancy guide book at a bookstore. The moment I browsed through the pages, I fell in love with it and already started daydreaming about reading this to my soon-to-be-born baby.
When I gave birth to my first-born son, I simply couldn’t find the right words to express the happiness that filled my heart. There were nights when I would just stare at him and watch him sleep peacefully in his cot. This book somehow helped me bond with my newborn. Rather than just stare at him, I would read this to him and hope that the words from the book would assure him of how much he is loved and that he is special from the very first moments of his life. Reading this line to him, “Because there had never been anyone like you ever in the world” never failed to bring tears of joy to my eyes.
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