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I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Animals go to extremes in fun book about love.

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Educational Value

Rich vocabulary to learn and enjoy. Lots of animals and sea creatures to identify. 

Positive Messages

Love has no bounds. Love lasts. No matter what happens, I'll still love you. "I'll love you then, and again and again." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The animals are cheerful as they exemplify steadfast love.

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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. 

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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? 

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