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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (31 Dec. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920668372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920668375
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mother sings to her sleeping baby "I'll love you forever, I'll love you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be". She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far, so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing in to her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw's comic and yet poignant pastels. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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My children and I enjoyed it, night after night, for years... It is a charmer. The simple story touches the heart.--Jeith L. Runyon"Louisville Courier-Journal" (11/13/2005)

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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
A few short years ago I was caring for my elderly mother, frail from Parkinson's Disease, at the same time I was raising two young children. My mother had become so thin that I could lift her almost the same as I lifted my children. I put her to bed every night, as I did my chldren, and after taking great care to adjust her pillow, I would spend some time just staring into her deep blue eyes and she would look at me and softly say "I love you, I love you, I love you," before drifting off to sleep. "Love You Forever" is a true story. It's the story of how my mother grew old and became a child again and loved me through it all, and how my children are getting bigger now and how even I am getting older, and how I will love them forever, wherever they are in the whole wide world, the same way my mother loved me, even when she was old and frail. If I had thought to do so, I would have read this book at my mother's funeral. (I am touched to see that another reader did just that.)I read this book to my children when they were little, but they were too young to understand. (You see, it is not a children's book at all.)When my children are grown - or at what seems to be the right time - I want them each to have a copy of this tender metaphor of parent love.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicky Tongue on 24 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
this book is lovely for parents regardless of the age of their children.It tells the story of a mothers love for her son throughout his/her life.A lovely gift for mothers everywhere!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Never in my life have I ever been so touched by one book. I have two daughters, Nicole, 5, and Emily, 2. It is my honor to read to them each night. The process is simple, they pick the stories and I read it to them. But on this one night, reading them a story was not simple. "Love you forever" was like no children's book I have read. In short, by books end I was in complete tears and hugging my two daughters and never wanting to let go. And though I did eventually let go of them physically, this book reinforced in me the thought that as long as I am alive, my two girls will be my little babies forever and always. Thanking you for reaching a part of my heart I didn't know existed. Michael Romeo (romeomj@earthlink.net) Burbank, CA
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
I had been given this book but it didn't become personal until I re-read it after my mother died. She has suffered from Alzheimer's and had been in a nursing home five years and then died Christmas Eve, 1992. I spoke at her funeral and talked about the child becoming the parent and the parent becoming the child. I read the book at the funeral and I don't believe there was a dry eye. I do not see this as a children's book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "loopylyndalou" on 14 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I had read a shortened version of this book over email some time ago. At the time it really stuck a cord as I was a mother of two boys and could see that rather than a mother stalking her son as he grew, it is in fact a demonstration of how great a mothers love is.
Last year my thrid son was stillborn, it has been a difficult time for us and often people think that we do not love our son who died as much as those that we have with us. One of the reviews I read on here informed me that in fact the author of the book has dedicated the book to two of his children that were sadly stillborn. It goes to prove what I have been trying to say to so many thoughtless people, that just becuase your baby is not with you, it does not mean they are forgotten and unloved. In the short time you spent with them you imagined a whole life time of love with them and had dreams and aspiations for their future and these feelings continue even after their precious life has ended.
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A truly lovely book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
This could well be the most important book carried by Amazon. It captures the essence of unconditional love, reminds the reader that children behave as well as they are treated, and that they will treat their parents later as they themselves were treated in the earliest years. I love this book with all my heart.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By woolyPULI on 4 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
a beautiful book with a message of love this book shows even the youngest child that no matter how naughty they have been or how flustered their parent has become "i'll love you forever, i'll like you for always....." a lovely book with a message of love each and every time you share this book with your child
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. L. Bailey on 28 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I obtained this book from our local library .I had heard about it from the childrens books you must read list .After reading the reviews on here i knew it was going to be one of those books that was going to touch me in the same way the giving tree did (for different reasons though).
I honestly didnt realise quite how much it would affect me.I read it and before i was even half way through i was crying my eyes out .I tried to explain the book to my mother in law and husband and i couldnt even get the words out without tears streaming down ...That night i read it to my daughter who is 3 1/2 and i managed to get to the last page before the tears fell.
As other commenters have said i would agree in that this isnt really a childrens story more of a lovely heart bursting with love story for adults who have children.It does make you cry as well as really smile ..dont be put off
Im not sure if i had read this before i had my children that i would of felt the same ..its difficult to say
Its the story of a mother who after every night rocks her son back and forth and says that she will love him forever..this carried on throughout the book and as the boy grows and goes through various stages of growing up the mothers love and the reciting of the little poem never changes till eventually the mother gets old and ..well i wont spoil it ....Call me an over emotional old fool but this is a book i will purchase and pass on to my daughter when shes of an age to understand ..i hope it touches her in the same way ...
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