I Love You All Day Long

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Owen's anxious question prompts this heartwarming, comforting tale of how a parent's love stays with a child whether they are together or apart — all day long.

When a little pig worries about being apart from his mother when he goes off to school, she reassures him.

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Owen's anxious question prompts this heartwarming, comforting tale of how a parent's love stays with a child whether they are together or apart — all day long.

When a little pig worries about being apart from his mother when he goes off to school, she reassures him.

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Editorial Reviews

Associated Press Staff
“Owen is particularly lovable…depicted in bright colorful illustrations…”
Publishers Weekly
If Mama, Don't Go Out Tonight (reviewed below) explores the fear of Mom leaving the nest, this book gently explores the idea of a child heading out to school for the first time. How will Owen the pig survive a whole day at preschool without his mother? Not to worry, says apple-cheeked Mommy: all Owen has to do is remember that she'll love him "all day long." As his mother imagines him at various points in the day ("I love you when you make a new friend"; "I love you when you march to a clang-clickity-clang" as he bangs the cymbals), Burris (Kate and Nate) presents the series of scenarios with humor and affection. She renders the porcine cast in a glowing shade of peach-a warmhearted visual foil for the bright, bold colors of Owen's preschool world. Many of the author's scenarios focus on mishaps ("I love you when you accidentally make a mess or when you can't wait for the bathroom"), but overall, the volume sends a reassuring message that parents love their children even while they are apart. As for the young hero, his pudgy physique and extensive repertoire of expressions makes him a credible stand-in for any human youngster with start-of-school anxieties. Ages 3-5. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Owen asks a question familiar to many children before their first day of school, and sometimes for a number of days thereafter: "Do I have to go today, Mommy?" His mother responds in a most reassuring way by telling him he has to go and reminds him, "I love you when I'm with you and I love you when we're apart." She goes through various scenarios of his day's activities commenting on both the positive and negative, "I love you when you make a new friend" and "I love you when you can't wait for a bathroom." In clear simple pictures Owen is seen going through the activities. On the last page Owen is cuddling with his mother while she reads him a bedtime story. This warm and reassuring story handles separation anxiety very well. In addition, there is a classroom full of cute little piggies! 2005 (orig. 2003), HarperCollins, Ages 2 to 5.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-K-When a little pig worries about heading off to school for the day, his mother reassures him that her love for him goes everywhere he goes. "I love you all day long," she says. "I love you when you make a new friend.- or when you make a mistake." She conjures up all the triumphs and trials of the day, and the pictures, placed on ample white space, show the piglet burping at lunch, tripping over his shoelaces, singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" all by himself, and feeding the fish. And at the end of the day, she says, "I love you when you fly into my arms and when you hug me as tightly as you can. I love you all day long!" The bright, expressive illustrations and the spare text work well to bring the reassuring message home.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When a little pig worries what will happen when he’s away at school, his mother makes him feel better in this reassuring picture-book debut. "You should always remember this," says mother pig, "I love you when I’m with you and I love you when we’re apart." " ‘That means you love me all day long!’ " the child responds. Burris’s illustrations are cheerful and bright; saturated colors outlined in black make the images look animated as the child goes about his day at school from morning arrival ("I love you when you make a new friend"), to lunch ("I love you when you let a burp sneak out") and recess ("I love you when you wait for your turn [on the swings]"). Even the rough spots—tripping on shoelaces, spilling juice, or getting stuck on the top of the slide—are smoothed over by mother’s love. At day’s end, mother and son share a bedtime story. Youngsters new to school will see themselves in little pig’s experiences and be buoyed by his triumphs—no matter what, little pig keeps on trucking. Likewise, parents and caregivers will find this useful in its treatment of separation anxiety. (Picture book. 3-5)
Associated Press
“Owen is particularly lovable…depicted in bright colorful illustrations…”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060502782
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/14/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 133,426
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Francesca Rusackas is a regional advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in southern California with her husband and their two sons.

Priscilla has illustrated many books for children. She lives in southern California with her husband, Craig, children Janelle, Laura, and Paul, and Casper the Friendly Dog.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    This Little Piggy Went On Sale

    This is such a tremendously reassuring and loving book. The artwork is adorable with the cute little piggy. Warm message for little ones needing support (and who doesn't?). I highly recommend this charming book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    A joy for all ages!

    I love this book! I am a pig afficionado to begin with and this book reminded me so much of me and my own children. I cherish this book and have used it to help teach theme to a class of 7th graders. The point of love existing no matter the distance between two people was very clear to them with this story. The illustrations are adorable. Is and will always be one of my favorites!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    Perfect for Grandparents

    I've been looking for a book just like 'I Love You All Day Long' to reassure my grand children when they are left with me that their parents love them where ever they are. This book gently touches the anxiety that separation often brings between parent and child. The illustratations were pefect as an example of a day in the life of a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Perfect reassurance for child--and mom!

    This was a big hit with my four year old, who asked for repeated readings and loved the bright, clean, uncluttered illustrations and the simple, smooth but perfectly effective text. Any child about to start preschool or kindergarten, or return for the school year, will be reassured by the loving message that his mother loves him all day, through all his or her school activities, even when she's not there. (Could make mom feel better, too!) Strongly recommended.

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