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On the Day You Were Born Board book – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby - 3 years
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 Brdbk edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015205944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152059446
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Welcome a special baby to the world with the beautiful, award-winning celebration of new life by Debra Frasier (On the Day You Were Born)--and a soft, cozy receiving blanket printed with birds and stars. This tasteful gift set is perfect for expectant parents. The book features cut-paper illustrations of the natural world in rich blues, bright yellows, earthy greens, and warm reds. Lyrical text rejoices in a baby's birth: "'Welcome to the spinning world,' the people sang, / as they washed your new, tiny hands.... / And as they held you close / they whispered into your open, curving ear, / 'We are so glad you've come!'" Parents, friends, and grandparents can read the gentle story aloud as they hold baby in the lovely 30-by-40-inch, 100 percent cotton washable blanket. --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Offering a curious amalgam of the mystical and the scientific, Frasier's first picture book is a paean to nature and to birth. The poetic text explains how the sun, moon, ocean tides, rain, trees, air, animals and people of the world work together to create a welcoming setting for a baby's arrival. Young readers will find Frasier's rhythmic passages soothing, if not always entirely comprehensible: "On the day you were born the Moon pulled on the ocean below, and, wave by wave, a rising tide washed the beaches clean for your footprints. . . ." The volume concludes with notes on the natural and technical phenomena mentioned in the text, including animal migration, the rotation of the earth, gravity, stellar constellations and precipitation. Illustrating this unusual book, Frasier's paper collages feature a mostly muted palette of earth tones that is somewhat lacking in child appeal. Though it might spark interesting discussions with an older child, this work will be over the heads of little ones. All ages.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Debra Frasier is the author and illustrator of many award-winning picture books including On the Day You Were Born and Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster. In addition to her well-known talks on creative process, Debra's innovative "Book Events" build a community's creativity through projects that start with a story. Visit debrafrasier.com to see how a parade of words can make you laugh, how the alphabet can transform a school carnival into a Word Event, or how a talking dog can make your heart swell and teach first-person writing at the same time!

Customer Reviews

This is a beautifully written and illustrated book.
K. Meyer
I give this book to all of my friends and family that have new babies, it's my favorite shower gift.
Kathy
I've had it since my child was born and it still makes me cry each and every time that I read it.
Jill M. White

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"On the day you were born a forest of tall trees collected the Sun's light in their leaves, where, in silent mystery, they made oxygen for you to breathe..." Radiant and moving, it doesn't get much better than this explaining what went on in the Universe the day your child was born. A book that I highly recommend. A child will feel and know that they are a significant part of Universe. A beautiful book to give as a gift.Although this book is recommended for the 4-8 group, a child of 12 months will be fascinated and held captive with this book and grow along with the book.This is a beautiful book celebrating the joy and wonder when a child is born. It describes how everyone, from animals to people to Earth itself, celebrated when 'you'were born. A child can't help but feel loved and very special when this book is read to them. And the parent, who is reading the book, can't help but realize how wonderful bring a new baby into the world really is. This is an ideal gift for a family when a child is born.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on April 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wish I had known about this book long before now, because it would have been the only gift I would have given to any new parent. It certainly will be so from now on.
In the most beautiful and spiritual wording imaginable, this book tells a child in no uncertain terms that his or her birth was a celebration--a cosmic event that changed the world for the better. Although it has some New Age aspects to it, it transcends any religion or dogma, and is, quite simply, completely beautiful.
I want to buy it now, for my two teenaged children to cherish and keep. I want them to know that even though I often want to wring their respective teenaged necks, this is what they mean to me--every single word in this glorious book. I have never felt so moved over a baby gift as I am over this one. It is truly a gift of the heart, not only for me, but for anyone who is, or who has just become, a parent.
Sometimes we forget just how much of a celebration the arrival of a new child can be. "On the Day You Were Born" is meant to remind us, and our children, now and forever. What a wonderful keepsake!!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Barbsjemms on June 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In my family, we have used this book to start a yearly b-day tradition. I read this book to each of my children the night of her birthday with the whole family in attendence. I have yet to get through a reading without crying. Am tearing up thinking about it now LOL A lovely, touching book and a wonderful way to communicate to your children how deeply they are loved.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Any parent who has read this book will tell you that it can move you to tears. What makes this an outstanding book is that it uses science in a magical way. It is an inclusive book -- regardless of one's values and the place of religion in one's family life, this book fits in neatly. Since it does not make relationship associations, it can be read to children whether they are your birth child, adopted, foster child, grandchild, godchild or friend. The tone of the text provides positive affirmation of a person's individuality. It is written for babies, but can apply to everyone regardless of age. It does not condescend, either by tone or language. The use of paper illustrations with their clean, bold lines and colors captures and holds my 18-month-old daughter's attention every time we read it, making it easy for her to point out various shapes and objects. It is easy to read this one many times without becoming tedious. I applaud Debra Frasier for her effective celebration of life. If you are a book giver, and looking for a gift for a new baby, or even a toddler, this is an excellent choice. Or even if you are a grandparent, or just have small children visit you, what an excellent addition to your own library this book will be.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book filled me with awe and reverence... for the mircale of birth, yes...but, much more: for all the incredible creation around us, and the incredible creations we ALL are...I've just read this book...and will be reading it often in the future, I'm sure...It's a lovely book for welcoming newborns and for children to help them see their place in the world...BUT...my first copy will be a gift to a friend who will be 69 this week-end! It is a perfect expression of gladness and thanksgiving for the life of anyone you love and care about! I'm sure many relatives and friends will be getting copies from me soon!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Empathic~Heart on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to me by my mother, on the day my daughter was born. I can't read it without feeling that tender lump rise in my throat, and even included a reading of it in my daughter's Blessing ceremony. This book reinforces how wonderful, special and treasured that children are. From the lovely illustrations to the story of the entire Mother Earth's presence and assistance in "giving birth", this is a must-have for any loving parent/child pair.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Debra Frasier's classic On the Day You Were Born is a magnificent way to welcome a new child into a family. And it's not just for children who are born into a family, but is a great book for all those beloved adopted children.

On the Day you Were Born is a book of nature's celebration of the new arrival. The author's touching narration is a moving and loving declaration of the importance and value of the new arrival.

"On the eve of your birth, word of your coming passed from animal to animal...and the marvelous news migrated worldwide." And the grand ending is that a family is born. How great is that?

Armchair Interviews says: This is a must-have book for every family. It can be read during happy times and when things are not going so good in the little person's life. We suggest it as a gift for all new arrivals, through birth or adoption.
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