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October 29, 2011

This Book Brings Tears to My Eyes

I happened upon the most beautiful book last spring, one that brought tears to my eyes while I stood there in the bookstore. My best friend was about to have her first baby, and I knew it would make the perfect "welcome home" gift.

I bought another copy for our girls' second birthday. We read it as a bedtime story that night. While I hadn't been the basket of emotion that I'd been on their first birthday (crying off and on all day in reflection), reading the book prompted the first tears of the day.

Nancy Tillman's "On the Night You Were Born" begins...

"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder, and the stars peeked in to see you, whispering, 'Life will never be the same.' For never before has there been anyone like you."

The book has the most gorgeous illustrations to complement the majestic prose, ending...

"Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn, on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born."

It is a celebration of the uniqueness of each and every one of us, such an awesome message.

I stopped in Kohl's earlier in the week, and I noticed that there are several Nancy Tillman books as part of the Kohl's Cares for Kids collection right now, including "On the Night You Were Born". I bought the girls "The Spirit of Christmas", thinking we can start reading it after Thanksgiving.

The Kohl's Cares for Kids collection is priced at $5.00. Kohl's states that 100% of the net profits from the program sales go to support kids' health and education initiatives.

I don't know much more about the program than that, but I know we've been on the receiving end of their funding already. Kohl's funds some of the prenatal classes through our hospital. And I remember when my friend's son was in the hospital a couple of years ago, he got a big bag of goodies from Kohl's to help boost his spirits.

Kohl's regularly features some great children's books as part of their charity program. I've bought some from Dr. Seuss and from Eric Carle. Not only are they great additions to our bookshelf (and at a fantastic price!), but I feel good supporting a program that benefits our community.

I'm linking up with Julia at Pontifications of a Twin Mom for her "Mama Loves" series. This mama loves good books, and this mama loves seeing corporations give back to their communities.


Julia said...

That IS an awesome message, Mandy--all the way around! I'm definitely going to have to check that book out--it sounds like a perfect addition to our collection of books around here :)

Eric, Marilyn, and Elliott said...

There are still books that I cannot read to Elliott, even after 3.5 years! Guess How Much I Love You. Someday. The Giving Tree. I suppose I'm officially a basket case for life! Haha

Marcia (123 blog) said...

aaawawwww, Mandy! Those words are very sweet :)

Mama Mama Quite Contrary said...

I adore that book!

Barbara Manatee said...

I, too, love that book! In fact, I just bought 2 of the Tillman books from Kohls - one for a friend for a baby gift and one for our book shelf. We just read the one tonight - Wherever you are - I had a hard time reading it w/o tearing up.

Double the Giggles said...

Going to have to run out and get this one right away. Great message, and I was tearing up with only just the two sweet excerpts you shared!