Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born-Adoption Book Review

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From the Cover of Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis:

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…

In asking her mother and father to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart. Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell come together once again to create a unique celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the world. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a heartwarming story, not only of how one child is born but of how a family is born.

Grade:

5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

This tale appears to be geared toward elementary aged children and is especially good for families who adopted an infant. Many children want to hear about the night they were born. This book takes this common request of a child and adapts it perfectly to the infant adoption process.

Our family appeared to be very entertained with this book. Even though our children were not adopted as infants, some of the thoughts allowed our kids to think of questions they had about when they were smaller. However, the younger the child was when they were adopted, the easier it will be for them to align themselves with this story.

The illustrations were not just colorful but displayed an energy and style that enhanced the whole tale. The people are executed in a cartoon style that allows children to identify with them but also be entertained by the exaggerated facial expressions on some of the pages.

Overall, we feel that this book by Jamie Lee Curtis will be a story that will engage your children and allow you the opportunity to openly talk about your adoption. The story also appears to have the great ability to invite children to ask questions about being adopted.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Ask your mom/dad what you did the first time they held you. Did you smile? sleep? cry?
  2. Did your mom/dad sing to you at bedtime? What did they sing to you?
  3. Did your mom/dad have to take a plane to get you? car?
  4. When did they have to travel to get you? day? night?
  5. When did your mom/dad get the phone call about you? Who called them? What did they say?
  6. What do you like about your adoption story?
  7. What do you like about your family?

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