Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

What It Is

A young adopted child loves to hear the story about how she came into this world and joined her new family. She’s heard the story many times and knows it by heart. Each page begins with “tell me again,” as she urges her parents to relay the steps of her adoption from the time they received the call, hopped on a plane, saw her for the first time, and so on. Each step of the way, funny and wonderful memories are recalled about how the girl and her parents became a family.

Why It’s Fun

Laura Cornell’s illustrations are funny and satirical, though the actual story was a bit dull and the “tell me again” phrase at the beginning of most sentences became tedious to read. The illustrations featuring the airplane and hospital were most fun. Shown are a son tossing peanuts into his dad’s mouth, a woman reading a guide called “if we crash” and a bug-eyed mother being wheeled out of the hospital with septuplets, among many other funny actions to discover. However, we found the reddish-pink tone of a character’s opened mouth notably disturbing.

Who’s Going To Love It

Parents who adopted their child domestically will probably find this book to be relevant to their family. Adoption can be a tricky topic for kids, and books are a great way to open the dialogue. While the joining of a child with a loving family is a beautiful story, the challenging issue for young kids to grasp is why a parent might give up a child. This book features a birth mother who was “too young” to care for her baby. Be prepared to answer some questions from your child, such as “What age do you have to be to be a mom?” or “Why did she have a baby if she was too young?” This book is a good one to borrow from the library to try out with your kids before purchasing.

Reading Time

About 2-3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

5 out of 10

Book Information

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born
By: Jamie Lee Curtis; Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books (1996)
Approximate retail price: $16.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 4 - 8


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