Children’s Book Love Thursday

I’m sure plenty of you have heard of this book, but I can’t talk about my favorite books and not mention this book.  
This week’s pick:

A friend of mine who has twins who are nothing short of a miracle and a HUGE labor of love, introduced me to this book.  She told me one day, “You have to get On The Night You Were Born, I read it to the girls on their birthday and bawled all the way through.”  Well sure enough, I think I had to read it at least 10 times before I could get through it without crying.  The illustrations in this book are amazing, and the message is even more beautiful.  Nancy Tillman’s books are all about telling children how special and loved they are.  This one starts out, “On the night you were born, the world smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered life will never be the same…” I don’t want to violate any copyright here (and I don’t exactly know if typing out the words does that, but I assume it might) so I’ll just tell you that it goes on to say that “On the night you were born” the moon stayed up until morning, polar bears danced until dawn, and none of the ladybugs flew away.  So whenever you see the moon stay up, or ladybugs land and decide to stay…it’s because they’re all hoping to see YOU smile.  And it ends saying that there never has, and never will be anyone else like you.  All of her books end with the three words “You Are Loved.”  I love how beautifully they illustrate just what a special gift each child is to their parents and that everyone is special in their own way.  This is one of my favorite things to give as birthday or shower gift.

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    I received this as a gift when my son was born and it STILL makes me cry! It’s such a beautiful book!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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Children’s Book Love Thursday

So, let’s switch gears from all of this “projecting” that’s been going on and talk about some of the “life that happens in between” and one of my other FAVORITE things: children’s books.  Getting to read books with our daughter was probably one of the things Mr. F and I  looked forward to most when I found out I was pregnant, and reading has been part of our bedtime routine since she was about three months old.   Since we do so much reading around here, and my daughter tends to get stuck on the same three or four books until, for the sake of my sanity, they have to magically disappear for a bit (I swear if I have to read Princess Olivia one more time I’m going to scream), I’m always looking for new books she’ll love and that carry some sort of meaningful message.  I’m sure I’m not alone in this search for great books, so I thought I’d share a favorite of ours each week and would love to hear about yours too.
My first pick:
Otis
By Loren Long
This is just a sweet story about a calf and a tractor, with some of the sweetest pictures you’ve ever seen.  Someday I will find a way to work the art from this book into the decor somewhere in my house because the pictures of the cow and the tractor melt my heart every time I look at them.  But back to the story.  A sweet, simple story of friendship.  In the beginning, the tractor (Otis) comforts the little cow when he’s left alone in the barn and they immediately become inseparable friends.  One day the farmer moves Otis out behind the barn to make room new for a big, new, yellow tractor and, try as the little calf might, he can’t get Otis to play with him like the old days because Otis is just plain sad that he doesn’t get to do all of his important work on the farm anymore.  One day the cow wanders down to the pond and gets stuck in the mud.  Ultimately Otis is the only one able to pull the little calf out and proves to the farmer what an important role he plays on the farm.  This is probably top five, one of my daughter’s favorites and I even catch her several times a day telling the story and reenacting it with her toys.
Pick this one up at the bookstore or your library and I PROMISE you’ll love it!
Happy reading!

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