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Love You Forever Hardcover – Sep 1 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920668364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920668368
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 523 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,613 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 through 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


There are certain books about a parent's unconditional love for a child that are timeless--and this is one of them. (Baltimore's Child 2010-01-20)

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 2010-04-20)

The one book that has the most meaning to me. (David Maloof Boston Globe 2002-09-15)

There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child. (Shelley Fralic National Post 2006-05-15)

No one can read this without the tears falling. (Sharon Owen Madera Tribune 2003-05-08)

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 2003-09-25)

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)

Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers. (Karen T.Bilton Bridgewater Courier News 2005-04-26)

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. (BookPage)

A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely -- let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye. (Gayle MacDonald Globe and Mail 2005-12-01)

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 2005-11-13)

#5 on Instructor's "Teachers Pick the Top 50 Kids Books Ever", chosen by 200 teachers, authors, and children's literature experts. (Instructor 2006-11-01)

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. (BookPage 2008-01-04)

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. (community.cafelibri.com 2010-07-01)

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Format: Paperback
I was teaching English in central China. I sometimes read simple stories to my class of mixed students, and since this book was written in simple English I knew it would appeal to both my advanced and basic classes, and they would all be able to sign out the book from my "library" to read on their own after I read it aloud in class. It's moving theme of unconditional and everlasting love I felt sure would appeal to all, and did it ever! As I read, I told them of the recent unexpected and early death of my own mother, and how much I missed her. As I read aloud I felt my l throat tighten, and my eyes fill up with tears. My students could not help but notice. At the end of story I gave my students a usual assignment - they were to think of the story and write about it in their journal. I asked them to reflect on their own feelings for their mother (it was near Mother's Day) as they were writing. As I was sitting in my room reading their journals I was astounded at the profound responses the book had brought about, and even the student with the poorest English skills found the words to write about their mother - living or deceases. Never, in all my years in China had I been given such insight into both the country and the people. They were graduate students in university, and many were coming back to school after years of education disruption due to the past 'cultural revolution' and the 'great leap forward'. As I read of mothers who went hungry so their children could eat, or who went without medical care so they could provide for their child/children, I cried.Read more ›
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I was astonished to discover that people see this wonderful book as being about stalkers, incestuous relationships, guilt, etc., etc. NOW I know who comes up with the subjects for vile talk shows - and who watches them.
Get a grip, people. This is a book about the deep, unceasing love that parents have for their children, and which they pass on through the family. Love creates love. It takes it to absurd lengths to make a point. If you're taking it literally, you seriously need psychiatric help; or maybe you've never loved.
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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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I love this book. I was introduced to it by a friend when my older kids were "too old for baby books". But I read it, and choked up -- and I read it to them, and they -- rambunctions preteenaged boys that they were, grinned and hugged me, and "I love yout forever" became a ritual in our house...even though they were "too old". When my first grand daughter was born last year, I sent this book to her, so her Mamma and Pappa can read it to her ... and then I found out that I have another little one on the way, so I'm ordering him his very own copy.
True, Mamma crawling through the winder of her adult son's bedroom to rock him and tell him how much she loves him is a little odd...until you think about the way a very young child sees the world. They want to grow up, but they truly cannot imagine not "needing" Mamma and Pappa in the way they do at two or three. This books reassures the little ones that they can grow up and take their place in adult life and Mamma's love for them won't change. Later, they'll be ready to understand that the love will be the same, but the manifestation will change...but why hurry them to that point? Childhood is so sweet and far, far too short.
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Format: Hardcover
When I read this book I loved it! I don't think many younger ones would really grasp the idea of the mother rocking her son while he was a man. But it definitly shows the love the mother really has for her son. Even if it wasn't really shown from her son to her until both of them were very much older. Many times that is the cirumstance though with relationships between mothers or fathers and their children. When the children are younger they don't really realize how much their parents do for them or how much they mean to them. Yet when they get older, most of the time, these burdons are put on them so they finally know what it's like. They might even recognize it before then. Going back to the book, it's very good because the pictures really bring out how many different things both of them went through. Then at the very end, it told of the mother calling the son, telling him he needs to come see her because she is very old and sick. So he goes to see her and when he got in the room with her, she started singing the song:
I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always...
But she couldn't finish because of her being too old and sick. So her son picked her up and rocked her back and forth, just as she had done to him. And he finished the song:
I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my Mommy you'll be.
When he does this, he shows that he remembers this and he is finally making it up to her, letting her know that he cares for her as well. Even if he didn't show it before. Then, when he goes home, he stood at the top of his stairs, thinking. Then it shows a picture of him with his new born baby girl, rocking her back and forth singing the same song his mother sang to him at night.
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