Love You Forever Paperback – Sep 1 1995
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is just one of those books, If your a mom of boys, Will make you cry everytime. This is a classic Munsch, and a great piece to read, collect or give away to an expecting... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sun-Shyne
an alltime fave in our house. Bought for a friends new little one to enjoy.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such a beautiful book to read. I read it out loud to my husband and I was in tears and when I finished I was crying. My husband was in tears and called up his mother right away. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Greta Assio
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