Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis




Jamie Lee Curtis is a famous actress but were you aware that she wrote children's stories?  She wrote the book, "Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born".  Jamie Lee Curtis approached this book from the adoptive side of things.  She has adopted both of her children.

When a child, whether adopted or natural, asks you about how they were born.  They want to know all of the details.  How small they were.  How you felt when you first held or saw them.  And many other things.  In this book, I was able to explain to Faith how we felt.  I was able to adjust it to what happened with her.  I dreamed of the moment that Faith would come into our lives.  This book is so close to the actual experience that.  It even talks about the excitement of when the phone rings to tell you it is happening.  It is written in such a format that a small child could understand.  You can feel the magic of the experience when you are reading it. Faith loves this book.  She said that it was as if the author was speaking to her.  She just learned what an author was last week at school. 

The illustrations are vivid and happy, enriching the text and adding to the festive atmosphere. This book is about belonging to a family.  It celebrates adoption.  It's specifically good for out-of-town parents but its great for any kind of adoption.  You just have to explain how it fits your situation.  This book is a wonderful way to introduce the idea of adoption to your child.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is adopted, is an adoptive parent, or wants to talk to children about adoption.

Note:  This is only my opinion.  No one paid me to write about it.

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13 comments:

Flory said...

I did know that Jamie Lee Curtis was an author, but never read her book. I'm not an adoptive parent, but it sounds like this book would be a good choice for comparing and contrasting the experience of becoming a parent.

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

This book is great if the situation matches, but it really didn't match our situation at all and so I never brought this one home. I know it's very popular though so I guess I am the odd man out on it :(

I did a post last week on my blog about a book that just felt better for me. It's situation generic but I loved the feeling it leaves the readers with. It's called "Little Miss Spider".

Love that there ARE books like this out there. I grew up in the day where things were so hush-hush.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I've heard of the book, but never read it. Now I'll have to check it out!

mudmama said...

I have heard great things about this book and, as we are hoping to adopt, will probably get it for our library.
I do have her "Big Words For Little People" and "I'm Gonna Like Me" Great books!

Amy said...

I have read this book and it is a great one.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

What a fun book! I had no idea Jamie Lee Curtis wrote children's books. . . great for her. :)

Wendi

Helene said...

It sounds like a wonderful book! And how nice that it was written specifically for children who are adopted!

Midday Escapades said...

I like Jamie Lee Curtis and this book sounds great. Thanks for sharing. I also do a similar disclosure at the end with my personal reviews.

p.s. I have an award for you at my place. Come by and pick it up! http://middayescapades.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-am-not-worthy.html

Just Breathe said...

That sounds like an awesome book. Thank you for sharing.

Angela said...

Sounds like a great read. I just grabbed your button. :) I had to wait through my whole blog roll because I couldn't remember if I had grabbed it before. It was a long wait. lol

Chef Eureka said...

Great thoughts and opinion you share here. You make it sound wonderful. Thank you.

Deborah said...

This one is on my "to buy" list.

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

@Flory – She is an amazing author. I think this is a great book even for a child who isn’t adopted. It helps all children understand how families can come about.

@Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com – It doesn’t specifically fit my situation but I tend to reword things to fit me when necessary.

@Sara @ Domestically Challenged – You’ll love it.

@mudmama – Its great to explain adoption and how things come about. I haven’t read those book so I’ll have to check them out as well.

@Amy – Glad you like it.

@Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle – She actually adopted both of her children. I love that she writes from her experience.

@Helene – I agree

@Midday Escapades – I think its important to make those disclosures now with all the changes that are coming about. Thank you so much for the award.

@Just Breathe – My pleasure

@Angela – Thanks so much for grabbing my button. LOL I can imagine it was a wait.

@Chef Eureka – it is a wonderful book.

@Deborah - I’m so glad.