- Paperback: 32 pages
- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- 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 (330 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love You Forever Paperback – 31 Dec 1986
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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
The best of Munsch's many storybooks. -- Leanne Dohy "Calgary Herald" (09/25/2003)
The one book that has the most meaning to me. -- David Maloof "Boston Globe" (09/15/2002)
No one can read this without the tears falling. -- Sharon Owen "Madera Tribune" (05/08/2003)
The one book that has the most meaning to me.
No one can read this without the tears falling.
Best-selling classic of a parent's enduring love is available in a gift edition.
#5 on Instructor's 'Teachers Pick the Top 50 Kids Books Ever', chosen by 200 teachers, authors, and children's literature experts.
One of my all-time favorites... I dare anyone to read this story and not shed at least one tear.--Dana Lenetz"Forbes" (04/20/2010)
The best of Munsch's many storybooks.--Leanne Dohy"Calgary Herald" (09/25/2003)
A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely - let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye.--Gayle MacDonald"Globe and Mail" (12/01/2005)
There are certain books about a parent's unconditional love for a child that are timeless--and this is one of them.
This best-selling classic of a parent's enduring love is available in a gift edition: slipcased with a laminated box and a clothbound book.
#5 on Instructor's "Teachers Pick the Top 50 Kids Books Ever," chosen by 200 teachers, authors, and children's literature experts. Robert Munsch's beloved tale is gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for her child -- forever. Nurtured by the unconditional love of his parent, a boy grows happily through the stages of childhood to become, in turn, a loving adult. This book is beyond emotional. I dare any mother out there, or any child with an aging parent, to read this story and not have a lump in your throat... Should definitely be apart of your child's book collection.
One of my all-time favorites. I cry every time I read it.... [The book] is a beautiful script about parenthood, a poignant parable about life and death, a testimony to when the roles of child and parent become blurry. The story reminds you that no matter how grown up you are, you're always someone's child; that no matter how "adult" you are, you're never too old to be loved by your parents. It makes me appreciate even more how my mother still calls me and my brother (despite us being 32- and 22-years-old, respectively) by our childhood nicknames, Pussycat and Tchotchke (Yiddish for "knickknack"). Pigeonholing this as a children's book is like saying "Romeo & Juliet" is merely a cautionary tale about drug abuse. I dare anyone to read this story and not shed at least one tear by the end. It's even more poignant when you learn that Munsch wrote the book as a memorial to two still-born children he and his wife had in 1979 and 1980.--Dana Lenetz"Forbes" (04/20/2010)
The one book that has the most meaning to me.--David Maloof"Boston Globe" (09/15/2002)
There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child.--Shelley Fralic"National Post" (05/15/2006)
No one can read this without the tears falling.--Sharon Owen"Madera Tribune" (05/08/2003)
The best of Munsch's many storybooks... it'll give you a new song to sing... and maybe a bit of perspective down the road.--Leanne Dohy"Calgary Herald" (09/25/2003)
The starting point for a first-rate library for your grandchildren... a tender ode to the life cycle of a family.--John Lownsbrough"Outlook Magazine" (06/01/2004)
Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers.--Karen T.Bilton"Bridgewater Courier News" (04/26/2005)
A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely -- let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye.--Gayle MacDonald"Globe and Mail" (12/01/2005)
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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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.
A truly lovely book.
As Kahlil Gibran says: 'Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself'. Get over it.
I think for everything sweet and special in our lives, there will always be a grinch to try spoil it. What can I say,some people just don't have the imagination to be humans.
I myself as a mother to 2 lovely grown up boys, I absolutely love this book, of course I won't be crawling into their bedrooms or stoking them or climbing ladders at an old age to go to their beds and try carrying them....but that's beyond the point! My oldest is 21 and getting married soon, everytime I look at him,I see a new born child looking back at me with those big brown eyes,I feel the need to have him back in my arms at that same age.
They will always be my babies,I can never see them as adults because a mother looks at her child with her heart and not only her eyes.
I am struggling in a very hurtful way to let him go, I know it's natural and they have to leave the nest one day, but my heart can't let go.
I chose them over everything and everyone,I still do and always will. I lived my life for them in every way and I will die for them in a heartbeat.
This is the time mothers feel the greatest pain of all,the day we let them go. All those thoughts of where they are ,are they safe,are they warm are they hungry,are they sad....it goes on for ever.
I can't shut my eyes at night until they are all safe and home asleep.
So yes,this book is exactly what that bond between a mother and child is,no matter what age they are.
I got a copy and gave it to my son that's about to get married,I will do the same for his brother and my grandson.
And yes I cried like a baby and I do everytime I read it. It's only natural.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very touching story, that's sure to make you cry. the illustrations are beautiful, and my children love hearing me read this to them.Published 2 months ago by Bethany Dawn
Weirdish story but very moving. I have found that adults find it a little strange, whilst children absolutely love this story.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. V. Rouse
Bought as my son bought a copy home from library time. Makes me cry every time I read it, very well written and great to share with small ones in an attempt to get them... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marina D Wood
Bought this because of Joey, from FRIENDS. Really lovely story and I always use it to do a dramatic reading at bed time.Published 3 months ago by NatN
Love Love Love this book it evokes a tear every time I read it would definately recommendPublished 3 months ago by Lana B