Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Review: In My Heart by Mackenzie Porter

by Mackenzie Porter
Illustrated by Jenny Lovlie
Little Simon
Board Book
26 pages
ages 0 to 3

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.



Filled with love and warmth, this is a great book for working mothers to share with their little ones and enjoy a loving hug in the process.

Young listeners who are feeling a little insecure as they are dropped off for care, while their mother goes to work, will benefit from this book. The tale follows the day of a mother as she wakes her child up, eats breakfast, takes it to care, and then heads off to work. In rhyme, she repeats again and again all the ways she thinks of the child and remembers it while she goes about her day until they meet again in the evening.

The illustrations are cute and do a great job at displaying daily activities young readers will recognize. Even while at her job, the mother's true occupation isn't clear as the tale only hits her driving to work, eating lunch and coming home. In that sense, it doesn't answer the child's question of 'What do you do all day?' really. Still, the point of the book is to offer tons of security in the knowledge that the child is always on the mother's mind and that keeps them together. And after reading this, tons of warm, snuggly feelings arise and do show how much a child is loved.

And here they are...

The Author...
Mackenzie Porter is a mom, wife, author, and blogger who loves books inspired by her family. She works full time in a child abuse prevention program and loves to travel daughter, dog, and the rest of her big Greek family.

The Illustrator...

Jenny Lovlie is a Norwegian illustrator, designer, creative, storyteller, and bird enthusiast. Growing up about as far north as it's physcially 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.

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