55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2001
"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.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2002
Format: HardcoverVerified 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!!
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2000
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.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 1997
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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2000
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.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 1999
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!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2005
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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 1999
I have a hard time reading this book to my one year old - because my eyes well up with tears every time. It is the most moving children's book I have ever read. A wonderful gift to new parents.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2006
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
I have given this book to many new parents, and with all due respect to the reviewer below, not one has observed that it wasn't realistic. This book is poetry, not geography, not climatology, not anthropology. POETRY... And what's wrong with the idea of a super-happy planet rejoicing at the birth of every new baby? That's how it should be. I applaud the author for dreaming big. This gift will be well received. Don't hesitate.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2004
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is actually my favorite book in our children's private collection. At first I was not too thrilled with the pictures but over time they have grown on me...now they seem just perfect for the story. I noticed some reviews down the book because they feel it is too advanced for the age range suggeted; I personally disagree. In my opinion it is never too early to impart knowledge to our children. I particularly like that it involves the child in the story line so that they ASK what these things mean. I am surprised to see some (very few, yet some none the less) feel so differently about the book but I wanted to post in defense of the book because I feel it really is a true treasure. (Not that it really needed it at 4 1/2 stars...I just think it is 5 star worthy!) I also noticed one reader refer to the text as freakish. Wow! I am still trying to figure out how the text could be seen in that light!
The intire book is full of text such as:
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...
...while far out at sea clouds swelled with water drops, sailed to shore on a wind, and rained you a welcome across the Earth's green lands.
I have never seen science explained in such a way for a small child and I think it was HIGH TIME!
I just LOVE this book, and quite frankly, so do my 2 kids age 2 and 4!