“A working mom's tender, loving message to her daughter suffers from imperfect cadence.”
Mama wakes up to cheery tip-toeing and giggles from her daughter, jumpstarting their morning routine. As they’re in the car leaving for the day, the daughter asks Mama what she will be doing all day, punctuating her question with a tender “I will miss you.” The mother narrates her day for her child as the illustrations follow her timeline, starting at dropping off her daughter at what appears to be either an appealing daycare or preschool and ending at bedtime. After a goodbye kiss, Mama reminds herself that “Though we’re not together, / we’re never truly apart / because you’re always on my mind / and you’re always in my heart.” She highlights moments throughout her workday that remind her of her daughter—like eating the same packed lunch—and circles back to the sweet message with her daughter at bedtime that they’re never truly apart when they’re thinking of one another. This substantive board book stands out for its focus on parental love from the view of a working mother. Løvlie’s trendy illustrations are filled with color, decorative motifs (like ducks, rainbows, and tulips), and fun details (like Mama’s bunny slippers and locket). Porter’s story is lovingly sentimental for working moms and reassuring for kids who attend daycare or preschool, though the text’s flow contains some awkward interruptions with a few near rhymes. The positivity and heartfelt message make this board book about parental and child separation during the workday an encouraging and comforting read.
A working mother reassures her child that even when they’re apart, they’re always in each other’s hearts. This lovely board book is perfect for moms to share with their little ones.
Though we’re not together we’re never truly apart, because you’re always on my mind and you’re always in my heart.
This is what a mother tells her child as she leaves for work each day. This lovely board book perfectly captures the sentiment that many women feel about being a working mom. The lyrical text takes us through a mother’s day away, showing us that although she’s working hard, her child is always on her mind and always in her heart.
The mother in this story reminds her daughter that when they are apart and missing each other, they can hold each other in their heart by remembering them through little reminders throughout the day. What little things remind you of your parents when you’re not with them?
When the mom and daughter are getting ready in the morning, part of their routine is to eat breakfast together and pack their bags. What does your morning routine look like?
Mackenzie Porter is a mom, wife, author, and blogger who loves writing books inspired by her family. She works full time in a child abuse prevention program and loves to travel anywhere and everywhere in her spare time. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, daughter, dog, and the rest of her big Greek family.
Jenny Løvlie is a Norwegian illustrator, designer, creative, storyteller, and bird enthusiast. Growing up about as far north as it’s physically possible to get on mainland Europe has shaped her creative approach. Using bold colors, textures, and strong shapes, she creates stunning landscapes, people, and animals. She’s fascinated by the strong bond between humans and animals and the link between humans and nature.