A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kathryn Cristaldi's I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home is a sweet and funny book with unique proclamations of love using imaginative animal scenarios and clever language, such as "I will love you till the yaks come back/ from a jaunt downtown for a grassy snack/ in a fire truck .../ or a Cadillac." The wacky animal antics make for fun reading and viewing, and teh book's comforting message and cozy conclusion -- with grazing cows and astronaut cows together under the moonlight -- make it a great bedtime book.
What's the story?
In I'LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME, lots of different animals provide examples of how much someone (the reader?) is loved. And they aren't afraid of going to extremes. For example, "I will love you till the sheep set sail/ on a cruise bound for the Isle of Kale,/ past manatees/ and a humpback whale." And so on, until day is done and the sleepy animals lie down for the night -- like, presumably, the reader.
Is it any good?
The lyrical book celebrates boundless love with humor, a whimsical cast of characters, and creative wordplay. I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home drives home its point without ever being sappy. And there's plenty of zany action to follow, with verses such as "I will love you till the frogs ride past/ on big-wheeled bikes going superfast .../ in a circus for se horses,/shrimp,/ and bass./ I will love you till he frogs ride past." Not only love but imagination knows no bounds.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the expressions of love in I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home. How far does your love go?
Which picture in the book is your favorite? Which animal?
What do you think of how in the end, the story comes back around to all the animals mentioned in the story. Does seeing them sleepy and lying down make you feel like going to sleep?
- Author: Kathryn Cristaldi
- Illustrator: Kristyna Litten
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Horses and Farm Animals, Ocean Creatures, Space and Aliens, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harper
- Publication date: January 30, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: January 31, 2019
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