Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

by Jamie Lee Curtis

Paperback, 2000

Status

Available

Call number

813.5

Publication

HarperCollins (2000), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages

Description

A young girl asks her parents to tell her again the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.

User reviews

LibraryThing member tnelson725
This is a story about a little girl asking her parents to tell her about the night that she was born, but actually tells the story herself. Her parents adopted her the night that she was born. They woke up to the call, called her grandparents, got on a plane, and fell in love with her from the
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moment that they saw her. It is obvious that the girl has heard the story so many times she knows it by heart but still loves to hear/tell it.

I loved this story! There are a lot of adopted children who would love to read this story because it relates to them. It could also be used to show children of the different ways people can become parents but it doesn't mean that they love them less.

For this story, I would have the children make stories of their own life. They could tell a story about their life that their parents tell them or a memory that shows how much they parents care for them.
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LibraryThing member aMylp85
This is a story about a little girl wanting to know about the night she was born. She is adopted. She basically tells the story by starting off with "Tell me..." and then goes on to add elements of the story like "how you screamed when you got the call" or "you flew to come and get me" etc. She
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likes to be told over and over again all of the details about the night she was born.

I liked this story. I liked the details she give about that night. I also liked the illustrations. Some of them made me laugh out loud. For example the picture of the grandparents sleeping like logs or the hospital scene (the parents with the septuplet look like they are about to go crazy)

You could use this story to talk about non-traditional families. It would come in really helpful if you have a student that is adopted.
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LibraryThing member jaykay2
Summary:
This story is about a little girl hearing the story about the night she was born and adopted. She told the story herself and was proud of it. She was born to a young girl and her parents couldn't have a baby so she was their joy and happiness. She was proudly loved.
Personal Reaction:
This
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was a cute story told by the child's point of view. She was proud that she was adopted and didn't look at it as being different. She told the story herself and was glad she is her parents daughter.
Extension Idea:
I would have my students write about what they think it would be like to be adopted.
I would have my students write about what it would be like to have an adopted sibling.
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LibraryThing member KristieK
This book is about a little girl who has been adopted. She begs her parents to tell her about the night she was born. The tell her about the call in the middle of the night, the plane ride and when they finally got to hold her. The little girl loves it!

I loved this book so much that I went out and
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bought it that same day! I love how the pictures add to the story. This is great for teaching about adoption.

I would use this book when talking about babies. I would tell the students that some mommies and daddies have to travel a long way to get their babies.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Nice story of adoption - charming illustrations - loving look at another way that families are created.
LibraryThing member servantHEART
The story is about a little girl who asks her mom and dad to tell her of the night she was born. Through the journey of the story it is slowly revealed that the little girl telling the story is adopted. The story presents the view of the child: "mommy and daddy." "Tell me again how you couldn't
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grow a baby in your tummy, so another woman who was too young to take care of me was growing me and she would be my birth mother, and you would adopt me and be my parents."

I was very surprised she was adopted. My life experiences led me to believe she was telling her recollection of how she was born--the way it might be explained or dreamed by a child of four to six years old. The pictures and sense of anticipation created by the writer is great and is felt when reading the story. This book introduces the fact that not all children grow up the same way. Families consist of different backgrounds and foundations.

In the classroom, I would introduce this book as a way to help answer questions of children if a student were adopted. This book could begin a family unit of study. The children would be asked to sit down with their parents/guardians to find out about the time they were born.
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LibraryThing member rachellwin
The book tells the story of an adopted child who asks her parents to tell her about how she came to be a part of her family. The illustrations use vibrant water colors that tend to get a little muddy at some points. However, the loose figures and simplified strokes maximize the energy and emotion
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of the story. The narrative is well-written for young readers, and the text uses an easy-to-read printed handwriting. The images of tuckered-out parents and difficulties of having a young baby are also sure to tickle parent readers as well. A really nice story to share with adopted children, children who will soon be welcoming an adopted brother or sister, or children just curious about families. I would recommend this book for the children's section of a public library.
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LibraryThing member AlyssaSadler
This story is about a girl who is adopted. She wants her mom and dad to tell her the story about when she was born.

I love the fact that this book deals with real life situations. such as adoption.

I would use this book in the classroom when I was doing a section over families. It would be good for
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students to know about adoption and why mothers choose it sometimes. Also, the we could have a discussion about how families are the people who love and take care of you and not every family is alike.
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LibraryThing member chelsiking
This is a fun book about re-telling a child about the night they were born. Also, it introduces humor that is suitable & understandable to young readers. A great book to read aloud!
LibraryThing member zimmy09
This book is about a little girl who was adopted. She asking her parents to tell her about the night that she was born. This book makes one see that it is okay to be adopted.

I really liked this book because there are so many children that are now adopted and I think that this would be one of the
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books that would help show that being adopted is okay and that their birth parents really do love them.

I probably would use this book that much in the classroom. I think that I would send it home with children who were adopted and are having a hard time with it. However, I would use it in the classroom to show all children that even though adopted children's parents arent blood they still love them very much!
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LibraryThing member KaseyGeorge
Summary:
This book is about a little girl who was adopted. She asks her adopted parents about when she was born. Instead of telling her about what happened at the hospital, the told her how they got the phone call that she was born, and how they got on the plane to go get her in the middle of the
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night.

Personal Reaction:
This book made me think about what it would be like to have been adopted and how different some of the stories would have to be just because your birth parents won’t be there to tell you about what happened when you were born.

Classroom Extensions:
1. If I have a student in my class that was adopted I would ask their adopted parents to come into class and tell us what it was like when they adopted them.
2. We could have a parents had a child instead of adopting come in and tell the story about what it was like when they were born and then compare/contrast.
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LibraryThing member soonergirlam
Summary:
The book is about a little girl who was adopted by her parents. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born. Her parents tell her how they flew to the hospital to get her and how they spent the first night together as a family.
Personal Reaction:
I thought it was a cute book! It was
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interesting how the parents told the little girl about her birth and adoption.
Classroom Extensions
#1: I would have the children draw a picture of their family and write a little about their family.
#2: I would have the kids write a journal entry about their favorite story their parents tell them about themselves.
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LibraryThing member lauren.anderson
Summary-This little girl is adopted and she asks her parents to tell her about the night that she was born, come to find out that she was actually adopted and her parents tell her what all they went through from the moment that they found out she was born.And why she was adopted.

Personal Reaction-I
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loved this book! It kept me really interested,and i loved that it actually related to real life,it showed that no all families have white picket fences and a boy and a girl and a dog! Some families are different!

Classroom Extensions-1)You can talk to them/explain adoption more. 2)maybe have some students dicuss it if they come from an adopted family!
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LibraryThing member Jparker03
Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born is about a little girl who was adopted and she wants to hear all the stories about when she was born and when they became a family.

I think it was a very sweet story. It shows how much love they have for the little girl with all the different stories she
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wanted to hear.

This would be a good story to read if you have an adopted child. You could have the class make a list of stories they would like their parents to tell them.
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LibraryThing member BSmiles
Summry:
A girl keeps asking her parents to tell her again about the day she was born. They explain how they got the phone call and went to the hospital as she was born. Then they brought her home. She was adopted.
Personal Reaction:
this book was cute, i liked it.
Classroom Extention:
1. Children can
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write about a time when they asked their parents about something.
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LibraryThing member KaleyHarper
Summary:

A story about a little girl entranced with the story about the night she was adopted. She has heard the story enough times for her to tell it to her friends. She was born to a teenager who didn't feel like it was the right time to have a child, and gave her child over to this childless
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couple to raise. She was well loved.

Personal Reaction:

I have to have this book for my collection. I can really relate to this story because I am that girl, well sort of. I was adopted from a teenage mother and was raised by the most loving wonderful parents I could ask for. Adoption is a beautiful thing and the adopted kids are loved no matter what others might say.

Extension Idea:

It's hard to know what I would do. It is a wonderful story, but reading it in front of students would be hard. I think that I would hand it out on a personal basis if a child was going through this as well.
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LibraryThing member JordySizemordy
Summary

A young girl asks her family to tell her all about the night she was born. It turns out that the girl was being adopted, so when she was born, her parents flew right out to see her. The love they share brought them together as a family that first night.

Reaction

I was really touched by this
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story. I remember the very first time I read it because I am adopted too. My parents got me the book, and after reading it, I knew that I was just as loved as the little girl in the story. A lot of adopted children could relate to this book.

Extension Ideas

Have each student take a turn and tell us about his or her own birthday, and then mark it on the classroom calendar.

Have the class journal about their favorite story that they beg their parents to tell over and over again.
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LibraryThing member StephanieWhite
Summary:
This book is the story of a child's adoption. Her parents receive a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.

Personal Reaction:
I always think of my student Tony who was adopted just before beginning the
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school year. This book was a gift to him as he could see his family represented in our classroom. It is a valuable addition to any classroom library.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. I could use this book to explore diverse families. We could make a classroom chart showing different family types.
2. The artwork appears to have been done with Sharpies and watercolor! I'd love to explore this art style with a class.
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LibraryThing member AlyssaSwiderski
Summary:
This book is the story of a little girl's adoption. One night, her parents receive a phone call to come pick her up at the hospital. Her parents love to tell, and she loves to hear the story of the night she was born.

Personal Reaction:
I don't have any personal experiences with adoption, but
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I know people that are adopted. On the other hand, I DO like hearing stories about when I was younger, but who doesn't? Family is very important to me, and this story displays how important it is.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. I could use this book to explore diverse families. We could make a classroom chart showing different family types.
2. The children can discuss their own families and draw a picture of them on what they imagined their birth day looked like.
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LibraryThing member kdhayes06
Summary:
This story is about a child’s adoption. Her parents receive a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.

Personal Reaction:
This book struck a chord with me. I am raising a grandchild and although it
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wasn’t an adoption I can fully relate.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. This book could be used in a social studies lesson exploring diverse families.
2. A math lesson with a chart showing different types of families would tie in nicely with this book.
3. It might be fun to explore the art style of this book using Sharpies and watercolors.
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LibraryThing member sarahdvs
Summary: This book is the story of a child's adoption into a new family. Her new parents recieve a phone call letting them know that they can come get their new baby girl. As she goes through each day she loves to hear the story about the night that she was born.
Personal Reaction: This story
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reminds me of when babies get adopted and get new parents because their real parents either don't want them because something is wrong with them or something else. In my mind, every child need love, care, and attention.
Classroom Extension Idea: 1. I could read this book to the class and tell them about how some children are adopted because their parents didn't want them anymore. 2. We could have something like where the kids can draw and color pictures that had their families in them and then we could talk about them.
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LibraryThing member shanetia
Summmary:
The book is the story of a child's adoption. Her parents receive a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.

Personal Reaction:
I think this is a beauiful story. The story makes me think about the
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childern who are fortunate even to found a family that loves them. To the ones who are not adopted, it can give them hope that there are families out there that can give them the love they need.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. I would have the kids ask their parents about the day they were born. Next, I would have them write their stories in there journals. Then, share their individual stories with the class.

2. With their stories, I would have each child draw a picture with watercolors that relates to their story.
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LibraryThing member KylaKaapuwai
Summary: This book is the story of a child’s adoption. Her parents received a phone call in the middle of the night to come pick her up at the hospital. She loves to hear the story of the night she was born.

Personal reaction: I always think of my student Tony who was adopted just before the
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beginning of the school year. This book was a gift to him as he could see his family represented in our classroom. It is a valuable addition to any classroom library.

Classroom Extension Ideas: I could use this book to explore diverse families. We could make a classroom chart showing different family types. The artwork appears to have been done with sharpies and watercolor. Id love to explore this art style with a class.
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LibraryThing member Devine1
Summary:
This is a picture book about a young girl who was Adopted. It tells of a little girl who wants to know about the night she was born. It goes through the events that led her adopted parents to having her. Great pictures fun use of language, great book to show about adoption.
Personal
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Reaction:
I love this book, it was a great book to show how some children are adopted. Colorful pages and great language make this book good.
Extension Ideas:
1. Talk about different kind of family units.
2. Have children make their own family collage.
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LibraryThing member f_bennett
Summary: this book explains about the night a little girl was born from her parents view. This little girl was not an ordinary girl she is an adopted girl. The book explains the first night of the little girl’s life and how it felt in the parent’s point of view of the first night she was
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home.

Personal Reaction: I have friends that have been adopted, so when I read this book I was very touched. It was a sweet book, and I feel like in the class room the children will get a better point of view about adoption and that all children have different stories.

Classroom extension: 1. Have the children tell me where they were born and talk about birthdays.
2. I could have any children tell me how they were born, and if they were adopted that child could share their story
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Language

Original language

English

Physical description

10 x 8.75 inches
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