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...this is soothing, visually attractive, and makes for a comforting bedtime read-aloud. (Booklist)

Tillman adds another dreamy volume to her collection of self-esteem-building titles. (School Library Journal)

Parents and grandparents will love to read this aloud to their little ones... (Kirkus Reviews)

There's something magical about the idea of intimacy with wild animals; spreads in which Tillman imagines such interactions, like the cover image of the child asleep astride a zebra, have special power, especially as they're rendered with photograph-like verisimilitude. (Publishers Weekly)

Nancy Tillman returns to the theme that she celebrated in her poetic essay book On the Night You Were Born--every child is special and beloved.…While the re-iterated affirmations on each page may seem a bit much for the less sentimental types, there is no question that Tillman's message is one that young children need to hear. (Children's Literature)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031264521X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312645212
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NANCY TILLMAN is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books On The Night You Were Born; The Spirit of Christmas; Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You; The Crown on Your Head; I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love; Tumford the Terrible and Tumford's Rude Noises. She is also the illustrator of It's Time to Sleep, My Love, by Eric Metaxas and Let There Be Light, by Desmond Tutu. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Nancy lives in Portland, Oregon where she creates books to help parents speak the love they feel for their children.

Nancy loves to participate and have conversations with all the wonderful families that have enjoyed her books. So check her out on https://www.facebook.com/Nancy.Tillman.Collection or visit her website at nancytillman.com.



You can purchase Prints of Nancy's artwork here:
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Make no mistake, I really love this book. As a mom myself, I read this and instantly teared up as the author so perfectly articulated the message I have always wanted my children to carry with them. What better gift to give your child than the knowledge that you know they are MAGNIFICENT and that they carry that magnificence with them always. This book celebrates the potential for greatness in every child, and does it with a sense of whimsy and joy that lends each page an aura of celebration.

The illustrations are very well done and glow with the crown's magic on each page. What better way to send your child off to bed than with this message of love? I'm not really sure if a four year old is really going to get this, but it sure isn't going to hurt. The poetry is seamless and has a wonderful read aloud flow. So what if it seems to be written more for parents than kids? It still offers up a wonderful bonding opportunity and an excellent chance to remind your preschooler that they are special. Recommended.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Heather LaRee VINE VOICE on October 25, 2011
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I am a Mom. My sons are in their late twenties. This book so captured and reignited the treasure and the pleasure of having my little guy in my lap, savoring magical artwork, slowly and with love, reading these meaningful words to them. I was delighted when Tillman thoughtfully explains that EVERY child wears a crown of light and that there is no one's is brighter or duller. As much as I felt that "my child" was so special, I love including all children. Thank you Nancy Tillman for including ALL children. SUCH a vital and important reminder.

The illustrations are breathtaking and worthy to rest upon the page to take in the colors, visions, and details. The red-caped butterflies in the woods, the tree house JOY, the abandonment with BELIEVE, the elephants, and the zebra... my oh my. I feel as if I've experienced my little guys in my lap ~ thank you. There's a smile on my face that began in my heart.

THIS is a beautiful and special book to share with young ones. The suggested age is "4" and up... For me, I wouldn't want my boys to wait that long to take this in. Definitely it's for the parent to hold, as the 32 pages are not toddler-proofed. It is definitely a book to keep "special" and repeated "often".

What a beautiful pond-rippling gift of LOVE.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson R. on November 7, 2011
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Interesting story, with the conceit that each child is born with "a crown"-- something wonderful that makes him or her special. The cover illustration is my favorite within the book. While the story is nice, it isn't a favorite. I think this is because the illustrations don't work as well as those of the author's previous books. The combination of computer-inserted photos and painted images doesn't work well, at least for my eyes-- the pasted-in images seem to float in space in a strange way, looking like afterthoughts to fill in empty space. I found this very disappointing, since the illustrations have been what I really loved about Nancy's Tillman's books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JJ VINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
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Every Christmas for many years I have bought each of my children a special book that attempts to tell them how much I love them & how special they are. They are now ages 41, 37 & 34 & they still look forward to receiving their book. I have bought several of Nancy Tillman's books for them & loved them all. My children have also. She does a beautiful job of portraying the love of a parent for their child & saying how special all children everywhere are. This book will definitely be one that I will give my 3 kids. The illustrations are exquisite! So beautiful...as are the words on every page. Even though it is written for young ones, I think my older ones will really appreciate what it says much more. The words flow from page to page with the crown over the head of the child. I especially loved the last page "A Note From Your Crown". This is just an absolutely beautiful book. I wish I could give more than 5 stars!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman
Children's Literature - Picture Books - Ages 4-8 :: 17 September 2011, "No Comments"
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Hardcover: 32 pages

Feiwel & Friends (September 13, 2011)

KIWI Magazine Review:

Stunning illustrations and inspiring text are the hallmarks of Nancy Tillman's books, and The Crown on Your Head is one more lovely tribute to children. Secretly, I think these books are written for parents! I have purchased all of her books and they have permanent residence on our bookshelves. I intend to read them to my grandchildren, although my daughter is only 7.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Fitzgerald on June 11, 2013
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This book is WONDERFUL! I love Nancy Tillman books for children! They are the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I have purchased every single one she has written for both my son and my daughter, and hope she continues to write more. Thank you Nancy Tillman...I highly recommend ANY of her books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise T on February 1, 2014
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This is a decent book by Nancy Tillman, but it seems to become a bit too obsessed with the crown itself. It's really a metaphor about how special each child is, how wonderful, how loved. This is a beautiful concept, and one that's repeated in all of her books.

However in this book the author seems to become fixated on the crown, rather than what it represents. The reader is asked to pledge their belief in the crown, feel the crown, think about the crown. The crown is just a concept to drive home the specialness of each child — the most important point is not the crown, but what it represents. But for some reason the author loses sight of that and just keeps talking about the actual crown. It starts to feel strange after a bit.
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